Australia's approach to plastic recycling has been to dump it, whether at home or in Indonesia or Malaysia. The problems are mounting as the country hasn't invested in the infrastructure to recycle. While politicians jostle for position as the "greenest" the reality is Australians may not be able to recycle what they create.
Environmental catastrophes aren't limited to famines and earthquakes. North Korea's forests have been depleted over decades as people clear land for farming and cut down trees for fuel. Regular "plant a tree" initiatives are doing little to undo the damage.
A 1:6 scale prototype is due to start testing off Grand Canaria. The floating wind turbine is expected to generate a modest 200kW. If successful, the full scale version will produce 10-12mW.
With over 300 sunny days each year, Kenya has enormous potential to supply solar energy. One organisation - The Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation - has already built the largest solar farm in East Africa and is generating significant income from energy sales. If all goes to plan, it could be able to command 1 billion KSh within a year.
Making the circular economy "convenient" is essential to move it from a "specialist interest" to mainstream. Loop is launching a platform that will let consumers buy familiar brands in a circular way. Products are ordered, delivered, and the empties collected and sterilised for reuse. The aim is simple: eradicate from the supply chain the things we pay for but we don't want - we want coffee, but the cup we pay for too.
Reducing the thickness of plastic used in the "Renew" home dispenser is one of the ways Evian is tackling plastic waste. The 5 litre container collapses as its contents is used, reducing its volume and providing a visual cue when its time to buy a new one. The aim is to reduce plastic waste both in the product and by giving consumers a device that encourages using recyclable water bottles rather than disposable single-use ones.
The UAE has a target of sending 75% of its waste away from landfill. It's part of a global effort to reduce the growing problem of discarded consumer electronics polluting the environment.
Starbucks has launched a new plastic lid they claim will reduce waste by replacing the straw. The lid is made from polypropylene, a material that can be recycled, but according to the US Environmental Protect Agency rarely is. Their stats date back to 2015, before China placed a ban on importing it. Is this an example of a company claiming green credentials, but being able to deliver?
The cannabis industry has faced criticisms for increasing litter from single use plastics and increased fertiliser run-off into sewers. Vancouver based High End Market Place has bucked this trend and been certified under the Clark County Green Business programme. Owner Morgan Hutchinson has reduced paper waste and introduced recyclable containers, while also pressing the supply chain to cut down on plastics in favour of cardboard and glass. This is proving particularly challenging as glass is more energy intensive and expensive to produce.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland experienced record temperatures across the Easter weekend. Only England failed to match its best. Northern Ireland's record has stood since 1924, when Armagh recorded 19.4 Celsius.
Wide ranging changes are being made to Canadian building regulations, aimed at avoiding costs and damage from increasingly extreme weather. Roofs will need to be more resilient to storms, road surfaces improved and flood defences strengthened if the changes go ahead. There is widespread support for the updates, provided they don't add to red tape. However, at least one architect has suggested the final implementation in 2025 "feels a bit long".
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