When large nets are used to capture desirable species, there is often “bycatch” of undesirable species that are often thrown back into the water.
It gives me pause to see proposals now before government agencies to relax the standards for discharge and stream protection
For the purposes of maintaining water quality in the Hudson River, it shouldn’t matter if I dump my sewage or industrial waste into a small tributary or directly into the River.
It is likely that the organisms in many streams across the U.S. are bathed in a weak solution of birth control pills, caffeine, hypertension blockers, and lithium.
Are lithium resources in short supply?
When we cast a blind eye to the exposure of people to toxics during the disassembly of our products, we are ignoring the true cost of those products to the environment—what economists call an externality.
Composting kitchen waste helps “close the loop” to achieve a sustainable human society where wastes are recycled back into the production of useful goods.
Copper has been extracted from less and less attractive ores since Biblical times, yet we have not run out.
Worldwide production of plastics approaches 300 million tons per year, and a recent estimate suggests that 4.8 to 12.7 million tons reaches the sea.
Suspecting that recycling is a marginal business, I have worried that comingled approaches must be less profitable, since a lot of sorting must be done off-site.