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    MillerCoors is trying to reduce the amount of water it uses to produce beer, through conservation on farms to changes in the manufacturing process.

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    The latest garbage gauge is pointing to a slow but steady recovery that should see trash volumes turn positive this quarter or next for the first time since 2008.  That should propel profits of trash haulers who’ve been able to maintain pricing power through the recession thanks to long-term, customer-specific contracts.

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    If the market in scrap is any indication, the US can recycle the fear of a second recession into a more positive economic outlook.

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    Recycling is now possible across much of the country, but a complex web of rules—along with corporate and local government desires to be seen being as “green” as possible—can make it hard to figure out what’s really happening to all that rescued waste.  Some companies, like Starbucks, are working to navigate those rules.

  • City of New York Department of Sanitation

    New York City’s quasi-military $1.2 billion Department of Sanitation is the largest such municipal operation in the world.

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    It wasn't long after Ted Turner started amassing a sizable real estate portfolio that he had an unusual idea on how to make some money from it.  Today, at nearly 72, he is the nation's largest private landholder — he holds about 2 million acres —and he's been able to use his land and money to make those childhood dreams a reality.

  • Water vapor rising from a Progress Energy coal plant.

    The US may have a secret weapon against rivals like China and even economies closer to ours, such as Canada in the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Al Gros looks listens to Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, speak at a town hall meeting about the $20 billion fund set up to pay damage claims from the BP oil spill July 15, 2010 in Lafitte, Louisiana.

    Federal officials declared Sunday that the well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded had finally been killed. The "nightmare well" is dead. But the Gulf coast's bad dream is far from over.

  • Although most people don’t think about it, the management of solid waste is one of the most critical issues facing municipalities throughout the United States. Challenges arise every day as society tosses out more and more wastes, the number of landfills available for use continues to decline, regulations grow and the cost of providing services increases. Financially and logistically, the management of solid waste is becoming ever more difficult.

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    In parts of Ghana, water has become so scarce that young women ask suitors about the distance to sources of clean water in their communities before accepting marriage proposals.

  • If the oil market focused on fundamentals, instead of equities and currencies, it would be half the price of what it is now, Peter Beutel, president and founder of energy risk management research firm Cameron Hanover, told CNBC.

  • Why the "Mad Money" host isn't hot on solar energy plays right now.

  • Simulated oil splatter on a BP gas station sign in Manhattan, New York.

    BP’s internal inquiry into the causes of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill provoked an immediate backlash from contractors and  U.S. politicians who said the British group was “happy to slice up blame, as long as it gets the smallest piece”. The FT reports.

  • Making the economy more efficient by arguing who can cut the most wasteful carbon emissions—a bidding war that would only happen down under, right?

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    The cap that ended BP's three-month oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was set to come off Thursday as a prelude to raising a massive, failed piece of equipment and preparing for a final seal on the broken seafloor well.

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    The Kraft says its Philadephia cream cheese is made using renewable energy sources.

  • West Virginia Patriot mining operations at the Guston strip mine just outside of Starcity West Virginia.

    Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative.

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    The Obama administration proposed on Monday two alternatives to the window stickers in new vehicles, including one that would assign letter grades for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. The New York Times reports.

  • A new survey finds the average price of regular gasoline in the United States has dropped 7.43 cents in the last two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular fell to 2.70.

  • Transocean Offshore Installation Manager Chris Wokowsky stands on the deck of the Development Driller II, which is drilling a relief well, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    Engineers will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that crews can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed.