Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taking Out the Trash, Bringing Home the Bacon

Mexico City has introduced a novel approach to dealing with its trash problem - food for trash.   Under the plan, Mexicans can take standard recyclables to a recycling centre where they're exchanged for "green points" that are redeemable for locally grown produce including fruits, vegetables, even flowers.  So far, no bacon - sorry.

And a h/t to Dan Moutal for pointing out that Mexico has done what the US and Canada can't - it has passed a powerful climate change law that mandates substantial reductions in carbon emissions and the introduction of large-scale renewable energy.   Working from 2000 levels the law calls for 30% emissions reductions by 2020 and 50% by 2050.

The bill made it through Mexico's lower house by a 128 to 10 vote and received unanimous approval in the Senate.

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