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Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

BONN, Germany, October 23, 2022 – Meetings, gatherings, conferences, summits, festivals, forums, caucuses, councils – large and small, events can be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Now a new, free online tool offers user-friendly solutions that can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reach climate goals.

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Plastic Medical Waste Floods the Planet

U.S. Navy nurses don personal protective equipment before treating a COVID-19 patient in U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego, August 4, 2020 (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg courtesy U.S. Navy) Public domain

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 16, 2022 (Maximpact.com News) – Medical waste from the coronavirus pandemic is accumulating around the world, threatening human and environmental health, revealing the need to improve waste management, and accelerating planning for a global treaty on plastics.

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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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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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Africa Takes Action Against Plastic Pollution

UNEP's Clean Seas project dhow, Flip-Flopi, clad in plastic made entirely from flip flops found on Kenya's beaches. (Photo courtesy UN Environment Programme) Posted for media use

Kenya’s national government and the country’s 47 lower level county governments are jointly establishing a plastic waste management program – one that could be scaled and replicated across the East African community and beyond. It’s just the latest step in Kenya’s evolving journey from a plastic-strewn country to one of the cleanest in Africa.

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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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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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Community Solutions – effecting real change

UN Sustainable Development Goals

It’s become more critical than ever to find solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. From challenges around energy, waste and water, to the growing refugee crisis, communities need to find positive ways to address these complex issues, and to start building a more sustainable future.

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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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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

PeppersVeniceMarket

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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UN Appeal Asks $920 Million for Rohingya Refugees

Within a bamboo hut in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Rohingya refugee Syed Hossain, 27, lifts his shirt to display the blisters on his side. An outbreak of chickenpox has infected some 5,000 Rohingya in the vast Kutupalong settlement.

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