Most Plastic Was Not Recycled But Was Dumped

78% (830,000 tonnes) of the 2018 U.S. plastic waste exports were sent to countries with waste “mismanagement rates” greater than 5%. Mismanagement means the plastic was probably dumped in a river. The actual mismanagement rates in China, India and Vietnam are 78-85%. Mismanaged “recycled” plastic probably ended up in the ocean. Plastic waste has been …

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Battery made directly from power plant captured carbon dioxide

MIT has made a battery partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which is currently highly challenging, this battery could continuously convert carbon dioxide into a solid mineral carbonate as it discharges. While still based on early-stage research and far from …

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First Ocean Cleanup System will begin operations in a few weeks and sixty systems will remove 50% of ocean plastic within 5 years

After six months of assembly, the System 001 Ocean Cleanup system is officially complete. The cleanup system will start to be towed in two days by the Maersk Launcher. The system (floater, skirt and stabilizers) were transferred into the lagoon on August 24th to assemble the last few elements. These include the E&I pods, that …

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Swedrop Disposable Stormwater filter

Purifying stormwater, at the source, in the stormwater drain, is the most elegant solution to a growing problem for communities and property. Swedrop is a disposable filter which floats in the standing water of the stormwater drain. The filter extracts hydrocarbons, chemicals and heavy metals. After 12 months the filter is removed and incinerated. EU …

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Harmful plastic straw bans versus actual ocean cleanup technology

Banning plastic straws and plastic bags are justified to as part of a solution to plastic in the oceans and reduction of landfill. Even advocates admit that these regulations will not solve the ocean problem. Straw bans are intended as a gateway plastic to encourage the movement to biodegradable trash. Many people with disabilities need …

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China putting controlling financial risk, reducing poverty and curbing pollution over GDP growth

China is willing to accept some weakness in GDP growth to focus on making strides in the next three years around three priorities. The priorities are * controlling financial risk * reducing poverty * curbing pollution China will clean-up of the financial sector. “We will promote a benign cycle from the financial sector to the …

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China spending $100 billion to start addressing severe water pollution

China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with a projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan (US$100.2 billion). The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water pollution, and covered 325 contaminated groundwater sites across the country. A total of 343 contaminated …

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Lancet report indicates 9 million pollution deaths per year and $4.6 trillion per year in damage

For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths. The Lancet Commission on pollution and …

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Fifth generation russian sub will combine strategic nuclear and multi-purpose qualities

The fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear-powered submarine will be maximally standardized to combine the qualities of multi-purpose and strategic nuclear submarines said Alexei Rakhmanov, President of the United Ship-building Corporation. The new submarine, according to Rakhamov, “will be distinguished by its weapons,” but the United Ship-building Corporations is tasked to achieve a maximum unitized solution to “have …

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