Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly

Laurie Wright, Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University, affiliated with the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) and the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI). Solent University provides funding as a member of The Conversation UK. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. We’re all too aware of the consequences …

New Report On Plastics & Climate — The Hidden Costs Of A Plastic Planet

May 18th, 2019 by Cynthia Shahan on Clean Technica Amanda Kistler, Director of Communications and Development at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), has shared a new report with CleanTechnica. The full report, Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, was released on May 15, 2019. Below is a summary of the report and several highlights from it, and here is the full …

Historic Agreement on Plastic Pollution Reached by 180+ Countries Without the U.S.

The agreement requires countries to monitor the movement of plastic shipped outside their territories. It also addresses the problem of developed countries sending unmanageable amounts of plastic waste to private waste-handling companies in the developing world without the consent of their governments, The Guardian explained. Now, importing countries will have the ability to say yes or no to more waste. That …

Maritime freight transport decarbonization – May 2019

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector. Based in London, the IMO is the UN agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the environmental impact of …

147 million years of healthy life lost, every year: now info on the sources will be available, from every single power plant in the world, in real-time, via satellite

A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. WattTime, a nonprofit that is now a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, made a splash earlier this year with Automated …

Pollution already kills more than nine million people every year — roughly one in six deaths worldwide. “Environmental rights are perhaps the most basic, fundamental rights.”

Excerpt, UNEP Director interview, published in Clean Technica on May 6, 2019 Pollution has reached a level which is unbearable to humanity. In fact, pollution already kills more than nine million people every year — that’s roughly one in six deaths worldwide. What does the UNEP recommend to tackle this issue? We need action from governments, the right policies need to be …

Eyes in the sky — new satellites identify greenhouse emissions with incredible accuracy

Phil Dzikiy, Elektrek,  Apr. 18th 2019 30 Comments Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit As citizens, governments, and investors alike look for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help looks to be coming from a series of new satellites that aim to identify those emissions as they occur. This “new wave” is detailed in a new report from Bloomberg, which says “more than …

More than a third  of all Americans may have PFAS-contaminated drinking water.  Harvard public health scientist say exposure of 1 ppt of PFAS is detrimental to human health + The “Million Parts Per Trillion Tour” and Most Contaminated Military Bases

More than a third  of all Americans may have PFAS-contaminated drinking water.  Harvard public health scientist say exposure of 1 ppt of PFAS is detrimental to human health. AMERICA’S MOST CONTAMINATED MILITARY BASES By Pat Elder, Militarypoisons.org March 9, 2019 I drove across the country with my daughter Holly last week to draw attention to the reckless behavior of the military …

How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms: Across the Midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities

Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 9 Mar 2019 When the vast expanse of rural Iowa was carved up for settlers in the 19th century, it was often divided into 160-acre lots. Four farms made a …