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Sep 27
2010

Sesame Street's 41st Year

Posted by Bruce Robinson in students , public media , PBS , media , literacy , international , humor , garbage , families , education , children , birds

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sesame-street-characters2.jpgOver the past 40 years, Sesame Street has transformed our expectations of what children’s television can and should be. And they’re still at it.
 
ActressSonia Manzano has played the role of Maria on Sesame Streetsince the 1970s, and before long joined the show's staff of writers, winning 15 Emmny awards in that capacity. As one of the program's most familair human faces, she says she often triggers some recognition from people she meets offstage, but it's frequently rather vague.
 
oscar_the_grouch.jpgFrom the beginning, Caroll Spinney has provided the voice and characterizations for both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. This Associated Press video clip offers a look at the man inside the costume.
[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCpQW-k9sdw&NR=1&feature=fvwp 360x240]
 
Sep 26
2010

Increased Recycling

Posted by Bruce Robinson in waste , state government , recycle , politics , policy , legislation , jobs , Green , government , garbage , environment , employment , economy , corporate responsibiliyt , conservation , California , business

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recycle.jpgCalifornia has long since met its goal of recycling at least half of the state’s waste stream. So north coast Assemblyman Wes Chesbro thinks we should reset the goal to be even higher.
 
chesbrohearing.jpgAchieving further reductions in overall waste generation will require working closely with manufacturers to adjust processes and materials so that their products are more readily recyclable.


Concurrently, Chesbro suggests that the soft market for recycled materials, especially in China, may represent an opportunity for entrepreneurs in California to develop new businesses to use those materials closer to home.
 
recycling-bins.jpg
AB 737 is only the latest in a series of pioneering state laws that have made recycling a way of life for most Californians. To trace those bills, read this history of California's recycling laws.

Aug 25
2010

Ship Sewage Rules

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , transportation , tourism , public safety , policy , ocean , news , international , Health , government , garbage , fish , environment , corporate responsibiliyt , coast , California , business , animals

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Land-based sewage discharges into the ocean are illegal. Soon that ban will apply to big ships, too, under new EPA rules being announced today.

Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was Environmental Director for the City and County of San Francisco before he was appointed his new job by the Obama administration last January. He would prefer that the ship sewage discharge ban reached at least twice as far offshore, but says three miles is all his agency can cover.

 Even these new rules will only restrict about 4/5ths of the sewage discharges into the state’s bays and other coastal waters; most of the remaining 20% comes from smaller vessels not governed by the new rules. Blumenfeld would like to see an eventual system of controlled dockside flushes into regional treatment facilities, but acknowledges that’s little more than a vision right now.

While the new EPA rules are welcomed, some environmental groups are pushing for more stringent standards. There is also a separate  move underway to impose a full ban on sewage discharges from all vessels on Tomales Bay.

Jan 06
2010

Project Kaisei

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , waste , toxic , Science , research , planning , ocean , nonprofit orgs , international , Ideas , garbage , fish , events , environment , education , design , conserve , coast , California

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Far out in the oceans of the world, away from the continents and even shipping lanes, vast floating seas of plastic garbage form an intractable sort of water pollution, something the bay area’s Project Kaisei  is working to combat.

The north Pacific gyre is 700 to 800 miles across, explains Mary Crowley,  co-founder of Project Kaisei, but it is not a solid mass of garbage so much as a shallow stew of floating debris.

The north Pacific Gyre is believed to hold the largest plastic Vortex anywhere on Earth, but Crowley observes that there are numerous other gyres across the seas, and each of them have their own growing expanses of floating garbage.

Returning from the Pacific Gyre, the Kaisei sailed under the the Golden Gate Bridge on August 31st. Kaisei is a Japanese word meaning "Ocean Planet."

 

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