I hear Tom Friedman is working on a book on green. He's going to have to confront the fact the a green world isn't flat, it's spiky. Here's what the Earth Institutes's Steve Cohen has to say (h/t: Robert Wuebker):
The high population density of New York City would never have been possible without a number of technological innovations: an extensive network of mass transit, the electrical power grid, the water system, modern sewage removal and treatment, product packaging, food refrigeration, preservatives and, of course, solid waste removal. The technology of waste incineration has advanced dramatically since the 1960s. In Japan, 70% of all waste is burned and generates electricity. While incineration pollutes the air, there is no question that it is less polluting than transporting waste in diesel-fueled trucks to leaking landfills.
What say you?