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Recyclers plan to build 'viking' ship

Armed with discarded fishing rods, nets and about 5,000 thousand plastic drink bottles, community members today begin construction of a 20-foot flat-bottom "Viking" boat to be rowed from Douglas Island to Juneau on July 4.
Photo: The wrong kind of food chain

Marcus Eriksen shows off a string of plastic lighters, discarded toothbrushes, small pumice stones and even a leg from a toy doll that he found in the stomachs of dead albatross in the Pacific Ocean.
What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Extending tax cuts would speed the recovery

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Allowing the Bush tax-cuts to expire could easily be the final nail that seals the coffin of an ailing U.S. economy. Congress should set aside the partisan bickering and extend the cuts.
Activist: Plastic use needs to change Turning the tides

The age of disposable plastic is over. Last month, on Oct. 1, the Progressive Bag Alliance posted an article titled "Plastic bags can be recycled" in response to a Juneau citizen alarmed by mountains of plastic trash washing ashore.
Junk boat is floating on a sea of trash

On the first of June, two men and a rabbit set sail from the port of Long Beach, Calif., bound for Hawaii, on a raft made of junk. Their cabin is the cockpit of a Cessna 310, white with a blue racing stripe, salvaged from the desert. It floats on a system of handmade pontoons - 15,000 plastic bottles held together with recycled nets - propelled by currents and wind. If it sounds dangerous and makeshift, that's the point. The pilots of Junk, as the vessel is called, want to get your attention.


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