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These Sneakers Are Made Entirely From Ocean Waste

Our oceans are full of plastic. Fortunately, scientists are mapping where it lies, which means we can begin scooping it up — and perhaps even start to use it to create new products, like these sneakers.


NYC Produces Twice As Much Garbage As Any Other Large City On Earth

New York City is great at a lot of things. Walking! Skyscrapers! Pizza! And according to a new study on the world’s megacities, NYC can add one more thing to its list of things it excels at: Trash!


The Fukushima Cleanup Wasted Half A Billion Dollars On Bad Technology

The cleanup of Fukushima’s leaking nuclear plant has been long, expensive, and plagued with problems. Now, the AP reports an auditor has found that more than a third of the budget for cleanup was wasted — totalling hundreds of millions of dollars.


'Biodegradable' Plastic Is Not So Biodegradable After All

Biodegradable plastic, now often found in plastic bags and bottles, contains additives that are supposed to get microbes to break down tough plastic faster. But a new study from Michigan State University finds that some of these additives may actually doing, well, jack shit.


Watch How New York's Enormous Organic Garbage System Works

The process of throwing out garbage in New York City is much more complicated than any of the millions of people living there could ever realise. A mini-documentary by the New York Times does a full observation of the $US300 million dollar service top to bottom.


Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Since we already know what happens to us once we’ve popped the top on a few too many cold ones — hello, hangover — let’s take a look at what happens to that can after you’ve pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it’s already back chilling out in a fridge somewhere.


Venezuela Is Turning Thousands Of Abandoned Cars Into Houses

While many people think countries like Norway are leading the way with recycling programs, an ambitious new idea in Venezuela takes things to a whole new level. The country has announced that it will start recycling abandoned cars, motorcycles and bikes in order to build houses from their raw materials.


A Plane Fuelled By Garbage Could Soon Fly You From New York To London

British Airways has an ambitious and smelly plan: convert municipal waste into 120,000 tonnes of jet fuel. By 2017, they say, the first factory in the world to turn garbage into jet fuel will be up and running. Waste-fuelled transatlantic flights could come soon after.


This Obsidian Mirror Was Once Toxic Chemical Waste

There are plenty of ways to deal with chemical waste, like shipping it across the ocean. Or, you could use plasma gasification — a Back to the Future-style process that “recreates the conditions inside a volcano” to incinerate waste. One byproduct of the process? A glassy synthetic obsidian.


A Toxic And Deadly Week In Landscape Reads

The U.S. had a pretty toxic and deadly week in landscape reads. We learn how, remarkably, tourist poop is flown by helicopter out of national parks, how Silicon Valley exports toxic waste all over the country, how poison lurks in old televisions, and how the land can just fall away in the form of Washington’s deadly mudslide.


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