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Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices

This EPA document presents an estimate of the portion of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with materials and land management practices and identifies areas of opportunity for EPA and its partners to reduce emissions through materials and land management.

Products, Packaging and US Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Building on the report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices,” this white paper extends analysis to include the impacts from producing products abroad that are consumed in the U.S.

More Jobs, Less Pollution!
November 15th, 2011
New report: More Jobs, Less Pollution shows how a 75% national recycling rate in the U.S. can create 1.5 million new, green jobs!
Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change
Rising Tide North America and Carbon Trade Watch release 2nd edition of Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change, a 28-page booklet providing a close-to-comprehensive overview of false solutions to climate change.
CDM Toolkit THE Clean Development Mehanism (CDM) Toolkit – A Resource for Citiznes, Activists and NGOs
Toolkit to CDM – by CDM Watch Guide that provides an explanation of how the CDM and its tools for public participation work.
Carbon Trading - How it Works and Why it Fails
Carbon trading lies at the centre of global climate policy and is projected to become one of the world’s largest commodities markets, yet it has a disastrous track record since its adoption as part of the Kyoto Protocol. Carbon Trading: how it works and why it fails outlines the limitations of an approach to tackling climate change which redefines the problem to fit the assumptions of neoliberal economics. It demonstrates that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the world’s largest carbon market, has consistently failed to ´cap´ emissions, while the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) routinely favours environmentally ineffective and socially unjust projects. This is illustrated with case studies of CDM projects in Brazil, Indonesia, India and Thailand.
Estudio comparativo de las rutas tecnologicas para el Tratamiento de los RSU en Brasil, considerando incineración Mass Burn y digestión anaerobica, concluye que la superioridad de la ruta de reciclaje sobre la incineracion es inequivoca. El estudio fue liderado por ClimateWorks y Via Publica, de Brasil.
Vegetable Waste to Zero Waste in La Pintana, Chile: On the Road to Zero Waste Blog
by Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator AlternativesOther Worlds
Other worlds featured another story from "On the Road to Zero Waste: Successes and Lessons from Around the World". This article showed how La Pintana community in Chile save money, produce valuable compost, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the largest segment of their waste.
Poisonous Cosmetics
Our friends from Nepal, Center for Public Health and Environmental Development, recently published a study about lead and mercury content in cosmetic products specifically lipsticks and moisturizing and whitening creams.
New Report Slams “Sustainable” Biomass Energy [The Biomass Monitor]
by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass MonitorEnergy Justice Network
The first-of-its-kind report dissects "sustainability standards" being proposed by the UK government to grease the skids for an unprecedented expansion in biomass incineration—much of which would come from the US and global south—while profiling the entities that would craft and monitor these standards.
Costly Dirty Money-making schemes
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a scheme under an international climate change agreement that allows developed countries to buy “credits” from projects that supposedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, instead of cutting their own emissions domestically. However, most of the “credits” being generated will go to projects that further exacerbate climate change and compromise sustainable development. This report reveals how the CDM is subsidizing destructive practices in one developing country: the Philippines.
Toxic Scandal, Toxic Threat and Environmental Racism
Greenaction for Environmental Health and Justice recently released this report on Sun Energy LLC's Louisiana Gasification proposal to build a "Plasma Arc Incinerator" in New Orleans, LO. Greenaction has been working with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and local community groups to build public opposition to this proposal for a toxic incinerator technology that is being proposed for a low income, community of color that is already burdened with a legacy of toxic industrial pollution and climate change impacts. To date, there are no commercially operating plasma arc incinerators in North America, due to growing public opposition and the inability of such facilities to demonstrate safe operations, electricity generation capacity and reasonable cost.
Biomass Electricity: Clean Energy Subsidies for a Dirty Industry
The case for ending taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies that harm public health, environment, climate, and forest
Today’s Clean Tech Could Power the World by 2050
by Lisa
Using existing technologies, the world could convert almost entirely to green power by mid-century — and it wouldn’t cost much more than people now spend on energy, says a new analysis of global energy use.
The Story of Citizens United vs. FEC
The movie examines the disproportionate influence that corporations exercise in the American political system and was inspired by the disastrous 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that permitted corporations to spend freely to influence American elections.
And the winner for greenhouse gas emissions is…
by Brian
February 18th, 2011
A new report by the Environmental Integrity projects shows that emissions of carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas that is causing climate change, jumped sharply in the U.S. last year.
FoE UK Briefing Paper: Pyrolysis,Gasification and Plasma
FoE UK Briefing Paper: Pyrolysis,Gasification and Plasma, September 2009
NEW REPORT: Half a million new jobs could be created in Europe by recycling more
Brussels - At least 500,000 new jobs would be created in Europe if countries recycled 70% of their waste finds a new study, 'More Jobs, Less Waste', launched by Friends of the Earth today.
Greenpeace: Incineration and Human Health
by Michelle Allsopp, Pat Costner and Paul Johnston, Greenpeace Research Laboratories
Experimental data confirm that incinerators release toxic substances and that humans are exposed as a consequence. Studies on workers at incinerator plants, and populations residing near to incinerators, have identified a wide range of associated health impacts (see tables below). These studies give rise to great concerns about possible health impacts from incinerators even though the number of studies (particularly those that have been conducted to appropriately rigorous scientific standards) is highly limited. These should be seen, however, as strongly indicative that incinerators are potentially very damaging to human health.

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