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The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

Published: 
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:24am

Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: mass quantities of human waste and industrial contaminants were pouring into the Thames, the central waterway of a city at the center of a rapidly industrializing world. The river gave off an odor so rank that Queen Victoria once had to cancel a leisurely boat ride. By the summer of 1858, Parliament couldn’t hold hearings due to the overwhelming stench coming through the windows.

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Destroying Unsold Clothes Is Fashion’s Dirty Secret. And We’re Complicit.

Published: 
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 3:09pm

You get the sense that luxury fashion label Burberry very much regrets its decision to burn $38 million of unsold stock rather than let it fall into the wrong hands.

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Los Angeles is filthy, so I started picking up trash. I sure could use some help

Published: 
Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:42am

Long before we were urged to Make America Great Again, we were told to Keep America Beautiful. Baby boomers may remember the 1950s campaign that made littering a criminal offense, a time when offenders were targeted by Donald Duck singing “Litterbug, Shame on You.”

Did we grow up and forget the message? Or did our children never receive it? Los Angeles is filthy.

About a year ago, I started picking up trash around the Silver Lake street where I live. There was no special reason. I was already walking every morning with my dog. I’d noticed little bits of trash here and there. So I attached a plastic grocery bag to my waist, took a 26-inch grabber tool from my garage, slipped on some gardening gloves and started picking up garbage.

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To build his 'big, beautiful park,' this landowner is filling a canyon with debris. Critics say he built a dump

Published: 
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 2:12pm

In the rugged hills above Chatsworth, as many as 100 trucks a day pour tons of construction debris into a steep ravine. Earthmovers level the mounds of broken concrete, rebar and bricks, gradually filling in the canyon.

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China No Longer Wants Your Trash. Here’s Why That’s Potentially Disastrous.

Published: 
Wed, 01/24/2018 (All day)

On Jan. 1, China made good on its promise to close its borders to several types of imported waste. By the next day, panic had already taken hold in countries across Europe and North America as trash began piling up by the ton, with no one having a clue where to now dispose of it all.