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Robots: a solution to Poison Planet

Right now as you are reading, there are machines trundling along a row of vegetables, identifying weeds, and precisely blasting them with a laser beam. When this technology takes off (it’s already well on the way), it can be goodbye … Continue reading

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You don’t need a metal box around the delivery

In a busy urban environment, a delivery van has been found to be slower than an electric cargo bike. Well, the nippy dodger-around-traffic device can have three wheels or two. Cost is a fraction, no carbon burning, no diesel fumes … Continue reading

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Reincarnated Barbie dolls

Mattel, the makers of Barbie dolls, Matchbox toys and MEGA toys has started up a recycling program. If you visit the Mattel Playback site, you can print off a free shipping label and send them your outgrown toys for recycling. … Continue reading

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Climate victory gardens

You can do something enjoyable to improve your health, the beauty of your surroundings, support pollinating insects — and work on climate change. This is to grow some (or even all) of your food at home. Green America Magazine gives … Continue reading

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No paper is better than recycled paper

With plastics flooding everything, paper and cardboard are the packaging materials of the future. So, paper use is projected to rise. No worries, we use recycled, right? This paper by Lloyd Alter in Treehugger (excuse the pun) shows the problem … Continue reading

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From trash to value: we can all learn from Nigeria

Put your waste in the recycle bin, and it’s out of sight, out of mind. It has not actually achieved anything, which is why so much is choking our world. The best thing is refusing to buy it in the … Continue reading

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Circular life for chopsticks

Looking for a local small business that reduces waste to create beautiful, functional items? Chopvalue is seeking franchise operators, probably where you live. When I was a young fella, I built much of my house using bits pulled out of … Continue reading

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No cars is better than electric cars

The government of my state has slapped a road tax on electric cars, and I was happy to sign a petition opposing this move. It is an impost on NOT polluting. Electric cars are infinitely better than CO2-farting transport. Fellow … Continue reading

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The husband-and-wife team who may have saved the world

Both have Turkish parents but are German. They met at University, and barely took off a day from research for their wedding. They remind me of Pierre and Marie Curie, who also put service through research above all else. Do … Continue reading

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Japanese town cut waste by 80%, but…

In 2003, the Japanese town, Kamikatsu, resolved to go waste-free by 2020. They did incredibly well, but couldn’t manage it. Why? The packaging industry makes it impossible. Please read this incisive short essay by Olivia Sullivan. She describes what got … Continue reading

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