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Man Tackles Ocean Garbage One Scrap at a Time

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April 2, 2012
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A Dutchman has launched a campaign to clean up the planet's "plastic soup". The Great Garbage Patch, which is located in the Pacific Ocean, contains high concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge and other debris.


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AFP (Jan. 23, 2014) — How does one of the world's biggest cities get rid of its trash? Using one of the world's biggest recycling facilities of course. AFPTV takes a look at how New York handles its garbage.
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Philippines Turns Trash Into Clean Energy Windfall

Philippines Turns Trash Into Clean Energy Windfall

AFP (Mar. 27, 2013) — The Philippines is trying to turn its enormous rubbish problem into a clean energy windfall. Methane gas from landfills is being converted into electricity and Manila's Payatas garbage dump, one of the biggest in the country, is leading the way.
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Farming Revolution in South Africa

Farming Revolution in South Africa

Deutsche Welle (Feb. 20, 2012) — A new project in South Africa is taking organic waste that would otherwise be left to simply decay in garbage dumps and processing it in a special facility belonging to the South African company Reliance. There, it is converted it into microbiological compost. The project prevents some 100,000 tons of methane gas being emitted into the atmosphere each year. In addition, the compost helps to improve the quality of the soil, makes plants more robust and helps farmers cut down on the use of pesticides. It's also helping South Africa tackle one of its biggest problems: the massive use of chemical fertilizers in the country has made the ground infertile, caused soil erosion and led to contaminated water.
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CO2 Emissions Rapidly Acidifying Oceans

CO2 Emissions Rapidly Acidifying Oceans

Newsy (Nov. 14, 2013) — Scientists predict a 170 percent increase in ocean acidity by the end of this century, a change a third of ocean life won't be able to survive.
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