21 Nov '11, 5pm

Garbage pickers protest new wave of trash incinerators

21 Nov 2011: Garbage Pickers Protest New Wave of Trash Incinerators A growing coalition of poor workers who earn a living by scouring trash heaps for recyclables in the world’s poorest cities are protesting new incinerators being built to convert that trash into electricity. World’s Pall of Black Carbon Can Be Eased With New Stoves Two billion people worldwide do their cooking on open fires, producing sooty pollution. If widely adopted, a new generation of inexpensive, durable cook stoves could go a long way toward alleviating this problem. READ THE e360 REPORT While the UN has encouraged the incinerators as a means of generating electricity and preventing methane emissions — and the Kyoto Protocol provides nations carbon credits for such projects — many workers say they depend on picking recyclable materials from the waste heaps for their livelihoods. In New Delhi this mo...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/garbage_pickers_protest___new...

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