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Finding Microbes That Feast on Plastic Waste

Beach plastic collected in one week on a beach in Ayrshire, Scotland, February 10, 2020 (Photo by Beth Moon) Creative commons license via Flickr

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, December 30, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – Is it possible that waste plastic – so toxic, so pervasive – could just – disappear? If so, this feat will likely be accomplished by microbial enzymes, creatures so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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Lemon Juice, Coal Ash, and Rare Earths

Duke Energy stores 16.4 million tons of coal ash at the Roxboro Steam Station, which sits on the shores of Hyco Lake, a man-made reservoir located in North Carolina's Roanoke River Basin near the Virginia state line. The polluting Roxboro plant was shut down in March 2021. (Photo courtesy Southern Environmental Law Center) Posted for media use

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, November 29, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – A harmless food-grade solvent is being used to extract valuable rare-earth metals from environmentally hazardous coal waste, reducing the amount of coal ash without damaging the environment and at the same time increasing supplies of a scarce and critically important resource.

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World’s E-Waste Heavier than China’s Great Wall

A mountain of discarded e-waste stands at a Recupel collection point in Belgium. Recupel organizes the collection and processing of discarded electro-appliances in Belgium and says, "There are 50 times more valuable metals and minerals in e-waste than in the ores extracted from mines." (Photo courtesy Recupel) Posted for media use

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 14, 2021 – Today, on International E-Waste Day 2021, waste management experts are asking households, businesses, and governments to get more dead or unused electronic devices to facilities where they can be repaired or recycled to recover precious metals and reduce the need to mine new resources.

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Turning Waste Into High Value Products

Bioplastic bottles can be transformed into the environmentally-friendly solvent methyl lactate. (Photo courtesy The Dieline) Posted for media use

New technologies are breaking through the barriers to a circular economy that would consign enormous landfills and incinerators to the dustbin of history. Waste has become a resource for the production of new materials, and entrepreneurs who ignore these facts will be left behind.

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Circular Cars of the Future: 100% Recyclable

SteelShredding

A global, multi-stakeholder effort to completely decarbonize the automotive manufacturing sector is underway. The Circular Cars Initiative enlists a consortium of private and public-sector stakeholders all along the automotive value chain who are committed to eliminating manufacturing emissions.

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Controlling The Rising Tide of Plastics

PlasticBuckets

The United States, the world’s largest exporter of plastic waste, is making renewed efforts to handle its waste plastic in environmentally-conscious ways, but despite these efforts, American plastics are flooding into poorer countries, causing public health and environmental concerns.

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Mastering the E-Waste Merry-go-round

ZhaoHoulin

Since becoming Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2014, Houlin Zhao has upgraded his mobile phone three times, and, he says, every time, the old mobile was recycled or donated to charity for further use. But this is not the case for all mobile phones around the world.

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Waste: Source of Wealth and Conflict

BANWaste

In what environmentalists have labeled a “global waste shell game,” Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the United States as promised.

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Dealing with the world’s waste crisis

The world's waste crisis

While the world produces billions of tonnes of rubbish every year, it is estimated that only 16% of this is recycled while a massive 46% is disposed of unsustainably. As the amount of waste they produce increases, countries do not have the appropriate systems in place and are struggling to deal with the efficient collection and disposal of waste.

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Turning the Plastic Tide

BeachTrashCaribbean

Around the world, almost one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that plastic tide swells into a political issue, packaged goods sellers and retailers, pressured to stem the flow of single-use bottles and containers, are coming up with new ideas and technologies to solve the problem.

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EU Gathers Evidence to Prevent Food Waste

Food Waste in Italy

Each year around 20 percent of food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. Meanwhile, some 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal, including meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent, every second day. There are many ways to prevent food waste.

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Common Framework Helps Europeans Trim Food Waste

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Every year about 20 percent of the food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, while 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal every second day. Now, based on a new methodology, EU Member States will be expected to fight food waste by collecting and sharing information…

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‘Tsunami of E-waste’ Could Mean Decent Jobs

The “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day throughout the world, should be quickly converted into a source of decent work, the United Nations labor agency says, following its first-ever meeting on e-waste. Converting obsolete devices and harvesting the valuable metals inside can protect communities and environments…

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World Economic Forum Envisions a New World Order

Swedish student climate activist Greta Thunberg told the World Economic Forum, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." January 22, 2019, Davos, Switzerland (Photo courtesy World Economic Forum) Posted for media use.

Even before the World Economic Forum started at Davos on January 22, the scene was set for environmental issues to suck up most of the energy at the conference. The annual Global Risks Report 2019 declared that humanity was “sleepwalking its way to catastrophe”…

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