This Week’s Top 10 (4/22-4/28/07)

Here are my favorite environment, health, climate change, international development or country specific blog posts (and articles) for the past week in no particular order.

  1. How the First Earth Day Came About from Envirolink
  2. Free Newspapers Refuse to Foot Recycling Bill from Treehugger

    [The free newspapers such as the Metro, London Lite, etc.] account for 3-4 tonnes of waste daily in the city, but Westminster Council have said that, “neither has made a satisfactory offer which would significantly help meet the £500,000 set-up and running costs of a scheme to ensure the papers end up getting recycled.” The problem is that both are being run at a loss in order to gain market share, so neither want to pay for clean-up costs. The environmental impact of printing 3-4 tonnes of papers daily is enormous, and something clearly needs to be done. Recently in the UK there has been legislation that will force electronics manufacturers to pay for the recycling of their goods once they are disposed, could a similar scheme work for print publishers?

  3. Green Myth-Busting: Recycling from Green Options
    V good post. Here’s a useful piece of info.

    Myth: It takes just as much energy to recycle as it does to produce “virgin” materials.
    Fact: When comparing the impact of recycled vs. raw, you must compare the impact over the life cycle of the product. It almost universally uses less energy to recycle waste into materials than it is to produce the same materials from raw resources. More energy is needed to extract, process, and transport raw materials than is needed for collection, processing, and remanufacturing of recycled products. For example, aluminum production saves 95% of energy costs when the aluminum is recycled as opposed to produced with raw materials

  4. Plans for Dongtan, Ecovillage in China Pop-Up Cities: China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis from Wired Magazine

    Three years ago, Alejandro Gutierrez got a strange and tantalizing message from Hong Kong. Some McKinsey consultants were putting together a business plan for a big client that wanted to build a small city on the outskirts of Shanghai. But the land, at the marshy eastern tip of a massive, mostly undeveloped island at the mouth of the Yangtze River, was a migratory stop for one of the rarest birds in the world — the black-faced spoonbill, a gangly white creature with a long, flat beak.

    See the Arup project page for more info.

  5. TerraCycle sued by Scotts, laughing all the way to the bank from Gristmill
    Scott v. TerraCycle

    Here’s a marketing rule of thumb for the modern age: there’s no better advertising for a small company than getting sued by a big company.

    Now TerraCycle is being sued by Scotts, maker of MiracleGro, which alleges that TerraCycle’s product looks too much like its own.