Cool Green Morning: Monday, Jan. 19

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Published on January 19th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

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Happy MLK Day to those of you in the United States! Here’s the green stuff that’s catching our eye online this morning:

  • Going Deep: Is your ecology deep or shallow? Andrew Revkin says the passing of philosopher Arne Naess might prompt you to do some soul-searching on the question.
  • Another Mystery Solved: How do machines sort recyclables? Oh, centrifuges, magnets, induced currents and a little bit of help from humans, says EcoGeek. (Now, if only the market for recyclables would come back…)

(Image: Michelle Obama (center) at a campaign rally in Arlington, Virginia. Credit: Greg under a Creative Commons license.)

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Comments: Cool Green Morning: Monday, Jan. 19

  •  Comment from miggs

    Thanks for the shout-out to Sean Casten over at Grist. I’m associated with Recycled Energy Development, an industrial energy efficiency company that Casten runs. The key issue here is that there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit in terms of cutting greenhouse emissions, mainly in the form of recycling waste heat into clean power and steam. These solutions cut costs, too. EPA and DOE studies say energy recycling could cut U.S. global warming pollution by 20%. That’s as much as if we took every car off the road. So before we get too starry-eyed about other solutions that may bring their own problems, why not do the easy stuff?

  •  Comment from Krystal Macdonald

    Regarding plastic bags: South African retailers charge a few cents with every purchase for a plastic bag, so locals are in the habit of bringing their own when shopping. I do think it helps reduce trash, and I did not hear a lot of complaints about the policy.

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