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This post from the Spotlight on Science Writers focuses on Mission: Mars author, Pascal Lee.
Long-term, sustained support for science is necessary to solve 21st-century challenges, the incoming AAAS president said.

Depending on lifestyle and consumption patterns, each person on the planet can generate tons of waste over the course of his or her life. The total amount of trash skyrockets with the farm, mine, and industrial wastes generated during the production of food, power, and consumer items.

“Working with Waste,” the 10 August special issue of Science, highlights the fact that trash can often be turned into treasure—a feedstock that the human race can’t afford to overlook as a burgeoning world population tries to use (and reuse) its resources more efficiently.