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Environmental stories are everywhere - from the chocolate we eat to the TVs we watch. I use this blog to show how science communication matters in everyday life.
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Tag Archives: recycling
Midwest Energy News recently mentioned a quirky art project sponsored by Commonwealth Edison, an Illinois electric utility. To promote its refrigerator recycling program, the utility paid artists to take its message to the streets by recycling refrigerators. The reworked refrigerators … Continue reading
Electronic waste often ends up in places where it isn’t appreciated. Sometimes, it ends its life cycle in fiery pits in China and other countries. MIT students have tracked urban trash and found that e-waste ends up in all kinds … Continue reading
Leatherback sea turtles are tough, but waterborne plastic can kill them. See Turtles, a nonprofit organization, says “hundreds of thousands of sea turtles… die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris.” Many of these pieces … Continue reading
After reading an article from Grist’s Greenie Pig series, I decided to write a post comparing dumpster diving and journalism. I have a colorful history with dumpster diving – literally. During college, I was nabbed by a bee while pulling … Continue reading
“That’s the infuriating part of this — people who are really trying to do the right thing [and] going to the trouble of taking their old stuff to some place thinking it’s going to be recycled have no idea that … Continue reading
Where in the world are our cell phones going? It shouldn’t be as difficult to answer this question as it is to find Carmen Sandiego. MIT’s Senseable City Lab produced an award-winning Trash Track website which shows that it does … Continue reading
Although recent headlines say consumer spending in the United States is rebounding after the recession, I spent part of the holiday season doing the opposite of shopping. I cleaned my entire apartment and collected six boxes of items to donate to … Continue reading
Trash Menagerie, a show in the Art and Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum, uses recycled materials to tell the story of our view of objects and our choices about what is disposable. If we saw these objects differently, … Continue reading