Groundbreaking Legislation Would Help U.S. ‘Break Free From Plastic’

 Olivia Rosane Feb. 12, 2020 The world is in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis, and the current U.S. waste management system is not dealing with it effectively. Only eight percent of plastic waste in the U.S. is actually recycled. The rest is incinerated, landfilled or shipped overseas to countries even less equipped to process it, where it risks joining the eight …

Flash treatment of carbon-based waste, from banana peels to chunks of coal, produces high-quality graphene that can be used in concrete and strong plastics

Coal to concrete? Scientists report chemical breakthrough E&E News | Parker Shea Feb 2020 Rice University researchers have discovered a way to convert coal, petroleum coke, plastic or any carbon-based waste into a substance that they say can slash emissions cheaply from some of the most energy-intensive industries, such as concrete and cement manufacturing. The resulting “flash graphene” can bind …

China Announces Major Phaseout of Single-Use Plastics

By Olivia Rosane Jan. 20, 2020 China, the world’s No. 1 producer of plastic pollution, announced major plans Sunday to cut back on the sale and production of single-use plastics. According to the plans put forward by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, plastic bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and …

Candidates Debate Climate in Sixth Democratic Debate, The Short Word on Nuclear

By Olivia Rosane Dec. 20, 2019, POLITICS The climate crisis had its strongest showing to date in the sixth Democratic primary debate hosted by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles Thursday. For the first time, a climate question was asked during the first 30 minutes of the debate, HuffPost reported. The issue got 13 minutes total of discussion time, according to Grist, and those …

The water-energy nexus at rivers can be resolved worldwide by 2050 as a consequence of the energy transition

Water-energy nexus can be resolved for thermal power plants #100RE. 96% of global thermal PP and 330 rivers are individually traced. 98% of water consumption can be avoided Water and energy are closely related, particularly in the current electricity generation based on thermal coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. The so-called water-energy nexus is a significant sustainability concern. However, a …

A 10-Step Plan for the World to Cut Food Loss and Waste in Half By 2030

by Katie Flanagan – August 28, 2019, WRI.org, Print The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year — an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of …

Here’s What Could Go Wrong with the Circular Economy—and How to Keep it on Track

Kevin Moss, WRI.org – August 28, 2019 Print The circular economy—one that breaks the link between economic growth and use of limited resources and also cuts waste from the system—is on the minds of corporate sustainability professionals, governments and researchers. We are all excited about its potential to increase economic prosperity, derive more value from products and reduce emissions. But in the rush to realize …

What sort of effects do those plastic bag bans have?

Vox, Aug 2019, excerpt California’s ban, which also places a 10-cent tax on paper or reusable bags, is one of the most extensive in the nation, while all of Hawaii’s counties have passed laws that ban single-use bags, with some also tacking on a tax as high as 15 cents on other bags. This has led to some backlash, including lawsuits from the plastics …

What We Waste When We Flush the Toilet

Composting toilets keep waste out of the water cycle. But have you heard about the phosphorus cycle? Ricky BaruchDeb Habib posted Aug 16, 2019 Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib put environmental justice into action at their off-grid, sustainable Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center. In this excerpt from their new book Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life …

Advertising results: most people believe that recycling is the greenest and most

Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex By Lloyd Alterl July 25, 2019 Nobody ever lost money making things easier or more convenient, and our planet is paying the price. After the Second World War, the aluminum industry had a problem; there were all these dams built to make electricity and all these aluminum refineries that used …