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Global Press Journal

Odonchimeg Batsukh

27 April 2021

Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia

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A new wastewater treatment plant in Mongolia is cleaning up its water so it doesn’t cause environmental problems or poison livestock and herders. This is one of the first treatment plants built under the country’s nat...

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Emily Sohn

Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

Gizmodo

Jody Serrano

5 February 2021

Galveston, Texas, United States

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A nonprofit is taking discarded oyster shells from restaurants and giving them a new purpose as homes for marine life in Galveston, Texas. The Galveston Bay Foundation started an oyster recycling program, which have n...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

28 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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To help those experiencing homelessness, Seattle Public Utilities workers travel around the city knocking on RV doors and asking occupants if they need their sewage tank pumped. Some RVs are broken down and occupants ...

Quartz

Katherine Ellen Foley

3 September 2020

Arizona, United States

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Wastewater-based epidemiology is helping scientists and public health experts track the prevalence of coronavirus in communities. Although this practice can be complicated by the size of cities and lacks a standardize...

High Country News

Jane C. Hu

2 September 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Scientists in Bozeman, Montana are tracking community spread of COVID-19 by studying samples from the city’s wastewater. Although this form of tracking is more tedious and not necessarily as effective as testing indiv...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

The New York Times

Robert Sullivan

Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

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Shi En Kim

16 July 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kibra Green, a grassroots organization in Kenya, mobilizes the young people in the community to clean up their neighborhood. At times, the group has as many as 500 participants for a community-wide clean up. Yet, a la...

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Nick Dall

22 May 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

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From Cape Town to Nairobi, innovations in waste processing are gaining increasing attention and adoption. Fresh Life toilets turn waste into fertilizer, while Safi Sana turns waste into electricity, giving new life to...

BBC

Erika Benke

19 May 2020

La Pintana, Chile

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The Chilean town of La Pintana recycles and reuses everything in a circular economy which repurposes items that otherwise go to waste. La Pintana has reduced carbon emissions by 80 percent and is committed to minimizi...

Mongabay

Vaishnavi Rathore

13 April 2020

Sudher, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A group of women volunteers, known as the Mahila Mandal, from Sudher in India are fighting against the dumping of garbage in their village and the pollution and potential negative health effects that come with it. Des...

Oregon Business Magazine

Britany Robinson

23 March 2020

West Linn, Oregon, United States

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After a paper mill in Oregon closed abruptly, a venture capitalist swooped in, bought the place, and reopened it as the first paper mill in the United States to produce paper using wheat pulp. Through a partnership be...

WBTS-TV

Ally Donnelly

Jim Haddadin

19 February 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Food waste diverted from the landfill to anaerobic digesters can be used to create electricity. In Massachusetts, farmers and businesses participate in a waste-to-energy project in partnership with Vanguard Renewables...

NPR

Rachel Cramer

12 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Finding ways to reuse brewery waste can save water treatment plants money. In Havre, Montana, Triple Dog Brewing has entered into a partnership with the town’s wastewater treatment plant, supplying discarded barley to...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

10 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Upcycling spent barley helps to ease wastewater treatment. In Havre, Montana, the town’s wastewater treatment plant uses barley from a local brewery, Triple Dog Brewing, to feed bacteria. The nutrients from the barley...

Bloomberg

Claire Jiao

23 January 2020

Philippines

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Discarded plastic can serve as construction material for major infrastructure and public works projects. In the Philippines, private companies like San Miguel are stepping in to participate in the government’s infrast...

The Huffington Post

Sophie Mbugua

23 January 2020

Kikuyu, Kenya

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In 2017, Kenya implemented a plastic bag ban and to ensure it was followed, set hefty fines and even jail time for those who broke the law. The law has had an impact – streets are cleaner and the use of single-use pla...

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Erick Trickey

21 November 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Reducing landfill waste takes a comprehensive approach. By implementing city-wide composting alongside trash collection and utilizing the sorting technology of Recology, the city’s municipal waste recovery company, Sa...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

19 November 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Reducing the environmental footprint of travel and tourism requires curbing habits. Natural Habitat Adventures recently completed a “zero-waste” trip to Yellowstone National Park by implementing several strategies, in...

Grist

Cara Giaimo

4 November 2019

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Eschewing packaging reduces waste. Cleenland, a store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encourages low-waste shopping by selling household items like soap, cleaner, and detergent in bulk. Customers bring their own containe...

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Talley Davidson

24 September 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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A coffee shop near the University of Georgia has joined the trend of eliminating straws from their beverages in an attempt to play their role in helping the environment. To address the criticism that this could negait...

Colorado Public Radio

Kelley Griffin

16 September 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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At both the individual and corporate levels, action is being taken to eliminate the use of plastics. While many people have turned their attention to decreasing their own use of single-use plastics, many say that’s no...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Olivia Cuthbert

30 August 2019

Palm Island, Lebanon

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In a stark juxtaposition to Lebanon’s polluted beaches, just 150 off the coast lies Palm Island – more commonly known as Rabbit Island – seeking to remain pristine and pollution-free. Promapir, an EU-funded collaborat...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

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