“Super-emitter” Landfills Releasing Massive Amounts Methane 

“Super-emitter” Landfills Releasing Massive Amounts Methane 

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that “super-emitter” landfills produce more methane than the fossil fuel or agricultural sectors. The years-long aerial survey performed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and the leak-detection firm Scientific Aviation found that these landfills were emitting up to six times more than Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates. […]

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Wealthy EU Nations Move to Stop Trash Burning

Wealthy EU Nations Move to Stop Trash Burning

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]

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Experts Are Uncovering Mars’ Secrets, but Humans Could Be the Next Life Found on Mars

Experts Are Uncovering Mars’ Secrets, but Humans Could Be the Next Life Found on Mars

Experts are finally uncovering the secrets of Mars; new spacecraft, research, and data are helping NASA and other space agencies fill in gaps in knowledge about the potential for life on the red planet. 

Why This Matters: For decades, scientists have explored the idea of placing humans on Mars for research not only on the planet itself but on its potential to sustain human life.

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A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

A Florida Beach Reopened – People Left It Trashed

The people who flocked to Cocoa Beach in Florida last weekend left behind 13,000 pounds of litter, prompting the police to threaten a crackdown.  Local officials believe that as social distancing and stay in place orders are loosened in parts of the state, there has been an influx of day-trippers who show up and leave […]

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Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, there have been countless heroes who have emerged to take care of the sick, protect the healthy, and ensure that our society functions as best as it can in extraordinary times. But some of our lesser-acknowledged heroes are the people who are cleaning up our waste and sanitizing our hospitals and […]

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NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

Nearly 5 years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged New York City would send zero waste to landfills by 2030, in part by scaling up an aggressive composting program to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil. It’s now 2020 and the city is nowhere near meeting the mayor’s stated goals. 

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