The Numbers for Friday, November 15: Environmentally-friendly

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The number of tons of confiscated elephant ivory that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services destroyed on Thursday, a move that wildlife groups says sends a message to criminal traffickers that the ivory is worthless. The stockpile was accumulated over 25 years of seizures and undercover investigations that prevented the ivory from being sold illegally in the U.S. or overseas. (Yahoo! Finance)

$80 million

Google's investment into six solar energy plants in California and Arizona that the company expects to power 17,000 homes in the United States. So far, the company has put more than $1 billion into solar and wind projects since 2010. (Mashable)

$484 million

The amount it's going to cost private trash haulers in New York to comply with the city's new emissions standards for the fleets of trucks that collect refuse. According to a new law signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, by 2017 at least 90 percent of the city's own diesel-powered trash truck must meet the tougher standards, while private haulers have three years on top of that to do the same. (NYT)

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Shea Huffman is a graduate of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a fill-in web producer for Marketplace.
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