The simple way this Japanese town has become nearly zero-waste

At times, separating trash between paper and plastic can be time-consuming. But it's nothing compared to the recycling efforts of residents in Kamikatsu, a small village in southwestern Japan. They sort their garbage into 34 separate categories of waste, as noted in this video discovered by Fast Company. Residents sort their trash into super-specific categories, like aluminium cans, steel cans, paper cartons, and paper flyers.  In 2003, the city embarked on a rigorous zero-waste program. The city used to incinerate its trash, but eventually realised how damaging it was to the environment. Waste incinerators have been shown to emit vast quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins that can damage the food supply. It took time for residents to adjust to the tedious task of washing, sorting, and bringing their trash to the town's sorting centre. (Although the residents do sort their trash before they bring it the centre, workers there...
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A Calif. bill would jail people for handing out straws. It may be based on a child’s research.

(iStock) The majority leader of the California State Assembly has introduced a bill that would, as written, impose jail sentences of up to six months if a restaurant worker hands out a single unsolicited plastic straw. Ian Calderon (D) has blamed a miscommunication for the bill’s strict criminal penalties and promised to remove them before it’s voted on. “I understand all the commotion about the penalties,” Calderon told The Washington Post, referring to reports on Fox News and beyond, as well as outrage on Twitter. “They were never intended to be in the bill.” But repercussions have already spread beyond California, complicating a national movement to eliminate drinking straws. A report by Reason, a libertarian magazine, throws doubt on national drinking straw estimates — 500 million used each day — that have been cited by Calderon, many environmental groups and even the federal government in anti-drinking-straw campaigns. Reason reports that the widely used figure  is based on a telephone poll conducted by a 9-year-old boy . A movement to eliminate plastic straws had...
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Vietnamese farmers are migrating en masse to escape climate change

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The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years, around 1.7 million people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers, and canals, while only 700,000 have arrived. On a global level, migration to urban areas remains as high as ever: One person in every 200 moves from rural areas to the city every year. Against this backdrop it is difficult to attribute migration to individual causes, not least because it can be challenging to find people who have left a region in order to ask why they went and because every local context is unique . But the high net rate of migration away from Mekong...
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Croatian trophy hunter killed during lion hunt in the North West

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Mahikeng - A 75-year old man was shot dead at a North West captive-bred lion hunting farm on Saturday, police said. While details around the incident remain sketchy, police spokesperson Captain Charlize van der Linden, confirmed that Pero Jelinic, from Croatia, and two other Croatians, were hunting captive-bred lions at Leeubosch Lodge near Setlagole, when the incident occurred. According to Van der Linden, the hunting party had already killed a lion, and were tracking a second cat, when Jelinic was struck by a bullet. "He was air-lifted to Vryburg Hospital by helicopter, but doctors were unable to save the man's life. A case of culpable homicide has been opened, and police are also investigating charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition," she said. "At this stage it is not clear who fired the fatal shot that killed Mr Jelinic. Our investigations are ongoing." READ: Industry body in the...
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