Proper waste management can save lives and create wealth. Photo by James Wakibia/SOPA Images/LightRocket.
The decision by African ministers of environment to end open waste burning will not only save lives but also open up new income streams.
The complexity of construction projects has driven an increase in building waste, which is difficult to recycle and reuse. But there are ways to minimise the problem.
How long do we really need chemicals to last?
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PFAS can be filtered, but getting rid of the chemicals is a monumental challenge. A new breakthrough offers some hope.
When in doubt, throw it out – but not in the recycling bin.
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Tossing something into your recycling bin that can’t be processed does more harm than good.
A high court judge said the Environment Agency was failing to fulfil its legal duty to protect the public.
Eroding sea cliffs reveal an old landfill on Walney Island, England.
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Killer whales among the animals at risk from a ‘second wave’ of pollutants, as coasts erode and sea levels rise.
Methane is the world’s second most abundant greenhouse gas. It doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2, but it’s many times more potent.
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The lead author of a new UN report on methane explains the findings and how oil and gas companies could be making money and saving the climate at the same time.
Future notebook paper?
People have painted on cave walls and written on clay and wax tablets, papyrus and paper made from wood. Could screens replace paper someday?
Three women sorting out garbage in Dharavi, India, in 2013.
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Cultural sensibilities around feminine hygiene products are contributing to a growing environmental crisis.
Buddhist literature is used for teaching children about environmental issues in Taiwan.
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Taiwan has made significant efforts in protecting its environment. A scholar writes about how the country educates its children on protecting the environment through Buddhist stories.
Living close to waste sites has multiple health risks.
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There are multiple health risks in living close to waste sites, with substantial racial and income differences playing a major role.
Methane bubbles form in a pit digester on a dairy farm as bacteria break down cow manure. The methane can be collected and used as an energy source.
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Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: ‘renewable’ natural gas. But it’s not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.
Compost awaiting distribution at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Rancho Las Virgenes compost facility, Calabasas, Calif.
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Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
Plastic waste that started as packaging clogs tropical landfills.
To manage plastic wastes, nations first need to know what they have and where it’s coming from. A case study from Trinidad and Tobago shows how this approach can help identify solutions.
The market for plastic recycling is drying up, prompting a discussion over what to do with household waste.
Incineration of household waste has gotten a bad name, argues an economist, who sees today’s recycling crisis as an opportunity to reconsider how the U.S. handles its waste.
Conveyors carry mixed plastic into a device that will shred recycle them at a plastics recycling plant in Vernon, California.
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Since China stopped importing ‘foreign garbage’ in March 2018, scrap – especially plastic – has built up in the US. Will this shock trigger long-overdue investments in plastic recycling here?
Food packaging is one of the top uses for plastic in consumer goods.
Bio-based plastics made from natural sources break down more easily than conventional plastic, without producing toxic byproducts. But for this to happen they have to be composted, not buried in landfills.
Can Walmart go green while maintaining its commitment to low prices?
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Two business professors spent five years studying Walmart’s ambition project to bring sustainability to its millions of budget-conscious customers – a plan that began with the birth of a granddaughter.
A jumble of steel scrap.
If the US were to stop dumping these valuable metals in landfills and to cease exporting them as cheap scrap, its imports could fall, and there would be less of these metals being made from scratch.
The Hulene landfill in Maputo, Mozambique.
Recent urban disasters in Ethiopia and Mozambique resulted in high female mortality, which was been largely ignored.