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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010

Daily Roundup: August 23, 2010

Getting Tanked: Scottish researchers discovered how to create biofuel from the byproducts of whiskey distillation. They hope the whiskey-based fuel will be available at gasoline pumps soon. The Guardian

Green Incentive: Sanford, Maine, has reduced its garbage tonnage by 50 percent in one month following the implementation of a trash-metering system in which residents must pay by the bag for garbage pickup. ENN

Washed Up: Oil in the Gulf may be abnormally increasing the occurrence of sea animals beaching themselves. They are likely seeking oxygen, which is being depleted from the water by microorganisms that are breaking down the sludge. Bloomberg

Water Wars: New York state is withholding a water permit for its Indian Point nuclear plant, which uses Hudson River water from huge pipes that kill nearly a billion river organisms while cooling its reactors. Officials want the facility to install cooling towers, which will significantly reduce water intake, but the plant owner says the towers will increase air pollution. New York Times

Save That Gum: British designer Anna Bullus developed a way to turn recycled gum into plastic. Her products include "gumdrop bins," into which people throw their wads for recycling. TreeHugger

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