Weekend Reader for February 10, 2012

  • The long-running battle between the Chittenden Solid Waste District and Hinesburg Sand & Gravel may be over.
  • The American Chemistry Council (ACC) touted new statistics this week showing that recycling of post-consumer plastic bags and wraps was up 50% over 2005 figures and 14% since just 2009. But some environmental groups think these numbers show how far we’re falling short.
  • PlanetSoloar’s Turanor, the world’s largest solar powered boat, is just about to complete a record-breaking 18-month trip around the world. Yes, it’s “one of the grandest eco-stunts yet undertaken,” but it’s still pretty cool.
  • PlasticsEurope has set a goal to completely eliminate plastic waste going into landfills by 2020. An ambitious goal, but one that may very well be achievable.
  • While we look at human-driven climate change as a modern phenomena, report in the journal Science looks at evidence early man many have brought climate change to Central Africa 3,000 years ago.

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