Daily Green Wrap-Up 11.July, 2012

The question of what to do with spent nuclear fuel has never been answered concisely. In spite of a number of creative ideas — including shooting radioactive material into space, sinking it in the ocean, or burying it beneath Nevada’s Yucca Mountain — there’s never been a surefire proposal that stuck.

A next-generation reactor, however, could pave the way. According to the Guardian, GE-Hitachi submitted plans to the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Monday for a next-generation PRISM reactor that could run on nuclear waste.

Can you quantify the environmental footprint of your diet? This amazing infographic by Spencer Belkofer shows the impact that raising animals for food has on the environment. Belkofer compiled data from the United Nations, the University of Chicago, PETA, and other credible sources to take a by-the-numbers look at the meat, egg, and dairy industries that is often shocking. (Did you know that it takes 2,400 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain to produce a single pound of meat?) Check out the full infographic after the break!
This bright orange home was made with two 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers in Santiago, Chile. Due to our publication of various shipping container homes, the architect, Rubén Rivera Peede, shared Liray House with Jetson Green recently, and you’ll find more vibrant photos and a floor plan below.
Summer is underway and it’s high time for picnics, grilling, and backyard parties! After sweltering in the sun all day, why not invite some friends over to share food and drinks while enjoying the cooler evening temperatures? If you are entertaining this summer, you can welcome your guests with homemade punched-tin patio lanterns created from recycled cans. The materials are practically free, and the tiny holes create gorgeous scattered light patterns on your table when you drop a votive candle inside. Make your own lanterns by following our 7 simple steps ahead!
The members of the non-profit Corporation for Battery Recycling, including five of the largest battery brands in the U.S., are planning the launch of a collection and recycling program for household batteries across the country next year.

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