Tackling the scourge of plastic with bags made of cassava starch

 | 02/18/2017 From bags washing up on Bali’s beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth. Now an entrepreneur from Bali, disgusted at the rubbish littering the famous holiday island, is trying to tackle the problem with alternatives to conventional plastic. His company, Avani Eco, produces goods … Continue reading Tackling the scourge of plastic with bags made of cassava starch

India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas

India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas | 10/15/2016 Environment Minister Anil Dave has said India will no longer permit the release of HFC-23, a family of potent greenhouse gases, released when local companies produce the refrigerant HCFC-22. Mr. Dave is at Kigali, Rwanda, in the midst of thrashing out a deal with the developed countries to amend the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 agreement … Continue reading India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas

British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans

British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans | 10/12/2016 British oil giant BP Tuesday ditched plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight after reviewing its global exploration programme, a decision environmentalists hailed as a victory for the pristine wilderness. The company had wanted to drill four deep exploration wells in waters off the South Australian coast to see whether commercial quantities of oil … Continue reading British Petroleum abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans

NGT directs Delhi govt to shut pickling units in city

NGT directs Delhi govt to shut pickling units in city | 10/06/2016 NEW DELHI: Noting that pickling units fall under prohibited list of industries as per Master Plan 2021, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to shut down such industries units located in the national capital with immediate effect. Pickling is a metal surface treatment used to remove impurities like stains, inorganic contaminants, … Continue reading NGT directs Delhi govt to shut pickling units in city

Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study

Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests. April 2, 2018 Climate change could raise food insecurity risk Environmental change is relied upon to prompt more extremes of both overwhelming precipitation and dry season, with various impacts in various parts of the world. Such climate extremes can … Continue reading Climate change could raise food insecurity risk, study

Diesel Is Now Better Than Gas

Diesel Is Now Better Than Gas Modern diesel cars emit less pollution generally than cars that run on gasoline, says a new six-nation study published today in Scientific Reports whose groundwork was laid in part by an American chemist now working at Université de Montréal. And since diesel is so much cleaner than before, environmental regulators should increasingly shift their focus to dirtier gasoline-powered cars and other … Continue reading Diesel Is Now Better Than Gas

Sustainable Development Goals and India

Sustainable Development Goals and India In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and its 17 SDGs with their 169 associated targets. Addressing the press delegates the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the agreement of 193 countries to set necessary sustainable development goals (SDGs). The United National Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark said, “This agreement marks an important … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals and India

BRIEF: 5G Internet is the Next Big Thing in Light Pollution

BRIEF: 5G Internet is the Next Big Thing in Light Pollution The fast-growing next-gen mobile network may threaten future radio astronomers’ ability to detect signals from space During last week’s American Astronomical Society meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, astronomers detailed the rise of a new and unexpected source of light pollution: radio waves. Although the human eye can’t see them, the waves are an important … Continue reading BRIEF: 5G Internet is the Next Big Thing in Light Pollution

Can We Hold Back the Glaciers?

  Can We Hold Back the Glaciers? Massive geoengineering projects to hold back glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica could slow sea level rise.   A major threat from climate change is rising sea levels, and much of that threat comes from glaciers melting into the oceans. By the end of the century, sea levels are predicted to be a meter higher, causing frequent floods of … Continue reading Can We Hold Back the Glaciers?

A New Way of Making Plastic Could Help Boost Recycling

A New Way of Making Plastic Could Help Boost Recycling An improved process for recycling plastic, researchers say, might lead the world to view the material as a valuable raw material rather than waste. BY MATT SMITH    PUBLISHED ON 04/26/2018 A new process for making plastics might help break down one of the barriers to recycling, researchers at a Colorado university say. Plastics are formed … Continue reading A New Way of Making Plastic Could Help Boost Recycling