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Climate-Healing Strategy Emerges From Messy Waste

The five-step process of transforming wet organic waste into renewable natural gas is straightforward. (Image courtesy World Resources Institute) Creative Commons license

U.S. companies and municipalities are now making good use of wet waste materials by converting them into renewable natural gas … It’s an emerging strategy to slash greenhouse gas emissions by turning wet organic waste into a low-carbon vehicle fuel.

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What Rubbish! Europe’s New Waste Rules

Tagged wheelie bins in London, England, July 16, 2017. (Photo by Tee Cee) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The European Parliament has formally approved higher recycling targets and new measures to reduce waste across Europe. Environment ministers from all 28 EU countries are expected to approve the agreement in the coming weeks.

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Pacific Gyre Could Be Plastic-Free by 2028

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A new ocean cleanup prototype is being deployed on the North Sea today. With it the nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup prepares to launch the first ocean plastics cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer.

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Waste Management and its Challenges

Waste Management and its Challenges

To manage waste in an effective way appears to be one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and the planet. The ongoing trend of industrialization and economic growth have resulted in increased municipal solid waste especially in cities with high population.

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EU Circular Strategy Incorporates Plastics

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All plastic packaging on the market across the EU will be recyclable by 2030 under the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics adopted by the European Commission earlier this month, “A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.”

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EU Maps Rich Resources for Urban Waste Mining

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Gold, platinum, aluminum and copper are just a few of the valuable materials lying hidden in vast piles of waste batteries, electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), scrap vehicles and mining wastes across the European Union.

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E-waste Proliferates as Incomes Rise, Prices Fall

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Last year, the world generated e-waste – everything from end-of-life refrigerators and TV sets to solar panels, mobile phones and computers – equal in weight to 1.23 million fully loaded 18-wheeler heavy-duty freight trucks, enough to form a line from New York to Bangkok and back.

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Cleaning Up Space Waste, Gecko Style

At least 20,000 pieces of space debris larger than a softball are orbiting Planet Earth. (Image courtesy NASA) Public domain

At this moment, there are more than 20,000 pieces of debris larger than a softball are orbiting the Earth, traveling at speeds of 17,500 mph, fast enough to damage a spacecraft. Scientists have now designed a way to grab them based on the way geckos climb walls.

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E-Waste Piles Proliferate in Asia

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The volume of discarded electronics in East Asia and Southeast Asia rose nearly two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast both in total volume and per person measures, new United Nations research shows.

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First Flight ‘On Wings of Waste’

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Pilot Jeremy Rowsell made history this week by flying a light plane across Australia from Sydney to Melbourne, using blended fuel – 10 percent derived from plastic waste blended with 90 percent conventional fuel.

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Hope for the Hungry

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Hundreds of millions of people throughout the world go to bed hungry while at the same time, a third of the world’s food is wasted, say the number-crunchers at the United Nations food agencies. But there is hope for the hungry.

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