Upcycle

“Costing around €3m (£2.4m) and funded mostly by the local authority, the road is made up of rows of crystalline silicon solar cells. … When the path is extended to 100 metres in 2016, its creators hope that it will produce enough energy to power three households.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/05/worlds-first-solar-cycle-lane-opening-in-the-netherlands)

€3m for three households seems steep, especially in The Netherlands.

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Mustle

“Corporate food and agriculture interests put $36 million into anti-[GM]-labeling campaigns in the two [US] states. … Backers of labeling mustered only $8 million in Oregon and $895,000 in Colorado to campaign for passage.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/05/us-usa-elections-gmo-idUKKBN0IP2I920141105)

Genetically modified mustard labels don’t cut it.

Vocals

“Major future wind and solar farms should give communities the chance to invest and own as much as a quarter of projects … to cement goodwill with existing supporters of wind power but to win over vocal opponents as well.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/03/people-living-near-windfarms-offered-stakes-from-5-pounds-counter-opposition)

Such local residents could ensure a steady supply of wind.

Impala

“A proposed Anchorage ban on spiked metal fences aimed at protecting moose from impaling themselves is off the books after a veto by the city’s mayor … [since] the incidence of moose gorings was too low for such changes. … Biologists estimate that between two and four moose get impaled annually while trying to clear these fences.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/31/us-usa-moose-alaska-idUKKBN0IK02B20141031)

While local meat processors cheered the decision, a representative for the moose community said they felt shafted.

Gauld

“It is estimated that between now and 2020, Scotland will import £50 million worth of gold through TVs, mobile phones and computers … [which] will potentially be wasted … through disposal.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Striking-gold-from-waste-11ba.aspx)

Most of it will be binned when consumers decide that their cheap tat isn’t shiny enough.

Mover

“A Washington state man [has been] accused of using an excavator and a bulldozer to try to alter the Tahuya River. … Federal biologists concluded that about 5,747 square meters of river bed were moved.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/31/us-usa-washington-river-idUKKBN0IK04J20141031)

He may also be charged for planting mustard seed over fourteen acres at the foot of nearby Gold Mountain.

Vissolve

“You might not have heard of dissolving pulp, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t connected to it. … 100 million trees are cut down every year to make dissolving pulp that is destined for a second life as a piece of clothing. … Demand for dissolving pulp is driven by demand for viscose fibre … [and] demand for viscous fiber in China is expected to continue growing.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1030-gfrn-gaworecki-dissolving-pulp-threatens-forests.html)

Dual-state cellulose, one minute thick and sticky, the next unravelling on you, is a crime of fashion.