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Detective gulls sniff out illegally dumped trash from the skies | New Scientist
"Meet Sea Gull, private eye. Garbage-loving gulls in Spain fitted with GPS trackers led researchers to an illegal waste dumping site.

High taxes on landfilling in Europe have led to a black market for waste disposal, says Jim Baird at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the UK, the cost of illegal dumping to taxpayers runs to at least £300 million, according to a 2014 report by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust.

Illegal dumping can be hard to spot because the perpetrators are often white-collar criminals who create what looks like a law-abiding company. In Italy, the Mafia also has a hand in the covert dumping business.

So Joan Navarro tried an unconventional way of finding these operations. He and colleagues at the Functional Ecology and Evolutionary Center – part of the French National Center for Scientific Research – took 19 yellow-legged gulls and fitted them with solar-powered GPS trackers that transmitted the birds’ locations every 5 minutes.

Trash trackers

The gulls ranged over 100 kilometres from their colony with the GPS tracking them. Five gulls kept returning to a spot at a closed landfill near the Spanish city of Huelva. When the researchers took a look for themselves, it turned out that fresh waste had been dumped there illegally.

“[It’s] certainly an innovative approach to use scavenging seagulls as a tracker for sites where waste has been disposed of, legally or otherwise,” says Baird. “The GPS technology is probably one where costs will fall and tracking will become straightforward.”

The solar power source for the trackers allows them to stay on the birds for years, and their frequent location updates could let managers watch for new illegal dump sites in real time.

Gulls can only find organic waste – electronics, toxic substances and other inorganic objects don’t smell like food, even to scavengers. To watch for these other kinds of waste, researchers can use satellites to detect changes in landfills’ appearances and flag suspicious activity, says Baird."
multispecies  birds  animals  spain  españa  2016  dumping  trash  gps  via:subtopes 
july 2016 by robertogreco
The Zero Waste Movement: This New York City Woman Lives Trash-Free - Core77
"If you're like me, you still had tons of questions after the video: How does she handle takeout food? How does she find package-free cleaning products? Where does she shop? What kinds of compromises does a person have to make in order to live a zero-waste lifestyle? (It should be noted that Singer has not thrown that small jar of trash out but is hanging on to it, so I think it's accurate to say she's living zero-waste.)

Singer has the answer to the questions above, and more, on her Trash is for Tossers website [http://www.trashisfortossers.com/ ], which details her adventures in zero waste. You'll have to poke around a bit to find specific answers, but that's the point; the more we learn about what Singer's doing and how she does it, the better."

[Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYDQcBQUDpw ]
waste  trash  environment  classideas  2015  laurensinger  sustainability 
july 2015 by robertogreco
Want to get conservatives to save energy? Stop the environmentalist preaching - The Washington Post
"In the end, then, perhaps the best way to think about ideology and energy use is this: Nobody is against efficiency or lower bills. Nobody is for waste. Nobody hates the environment.

But environmental and energy issues are nevertheless wrapped up in politics, which makes conservation, overall, less of a “safe” space for conservatives, according to Renee Lertzman, who works with Brand Cool as Director of Insight and is a consultant on climate change communications. Conservatives often feel “ambivalent” about the topic, she says, pulled in different directions — and liberal assumptions don’t help.

“A lot of people I interviewed felt very offended that they were often assumed to be not caring, they felt very insulted and patronized, because of their choices, and I really felt for that,” Lertzman says. “I felt, it would be so important to convey to people, we know you really do care. And that itself, as a starting off point, would be very powerful.”"

[See also:

“The next energy revolution won’t be in wind or solar. It will be in our brains.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/22/the-next-energy-revolution-wont-be-in-wind-or-solar-it-will-be-in-our-brains/

“Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/29/americans-are-this-close-to-finally-understanding-their-electricity-bills/ ]
energy  environment  sustainability  environmentalism  waste  2015  garbage  trash  solar  wind  psychology  politics  preaching  meters  measurement  behavior  us  society 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world - io9
"The subjects of Mandy Barker's photographs look like creatures from another world, but they're actually quite mundane: discarded fishing nets, plastic bottles, and toothpaste tubes. They're what sits beneath the surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Barker photographed the "soup," the plastic debris suspended in water from the Garbage Patch, to create strange alien scenes. But even though the objects in these photos aren't alive, they're still dangerous, killing ocean life wherever the patch travels."
ocean  debris  plasticdebris  plastics  garbage  photography  greatpacificgarbagepatch  marybarker  trash 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Trash, Art, and the Movies - Pauline Kael
"pleasure, something a man can call good without self-disgust"; "Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize"; "A nutty Puritanism ... in the schoolteachers' approach of wanting art to be "worthwhile""
via:preoccupations  culture  film  criticism  paulinekael  toread  filmmaking  education  teaching  appreciation  pleasure  art  glvo  play  entertainment  lowbrow  trash 
july 2008 by robertogreco

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