Thailand bans the import of e-waste

August 17, 2018 by  
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Over the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics, or e-waste . E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery, and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals. But the devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Thailand has been struggling to deal with overflowing waste deposits following China’s imported trash ban last year. Since then, Southeast Asian nations such as Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam have become dumping grounds for the world’s garbage. While Hong Kong has been expanding landfills and building recycling plants, Vietnam has stopped issuing new licenses for the import of waste and cracked down on illegal shipments of paper, plastic and metal. Since May, a series of raids on factories that have been illegally importing and processing foreign e-waste has prompted the Thai government to finally take a stand. Related: Hong Kong faces ‘growing mountain of waste’ in wake of China’s trash ban In a comment to Reuters on Thursday, an anonymous senior environment ministry official said, “The meeting yesterday passed a resolution to stop importing 432 kinds of electronic waste and to ensure … that this is enforced within six months.” The meeting was chaired by Thailand’s Environment Minister, Surasak Kanchanarat. The minister spoke with Thai media on Wednesday, stating that some imports would still be allowed into the country as long as the second-hand devices had a chance at repair and reuse. Related: China bans ‘foreign waste,’ causing recycling chaos in America While scrap metals are still allowed, aluminum, copper and steel must be separated and cleaned in their countries of origin before they are shipped to Thailand for industrial use. Plastics, on the other hand, are not so welcomed. The country is planning to ban the import of plastic waste within the next two years, and there could also be a tax on plastic bags and plastic bans in tourist destinations, government agencies and businesses. While no official decisions have been made, Thailand has a target to recycle up to 60 percent of plastics by 2021. Via Reuters

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Postcards from an energy-inclusive future

July 10, 2017 by  
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Getting to 100 percent renewable energy in Hawaii by 20245 means granting energy access to “everyone, everywhere,” said Holmes Hummel, director of Clean Energy Works and former senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. “It gives me hope that 30 years after 2045, we may be able to celebrate an energy sector that is fossil-free worldwide,” she said. To do that, the International Energy Agency said that $1 trillion of energy investment capital must be deployed every year for over the next decade. 

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Why transportation tech is on a collision course for 2017

January 4, 2017 by  
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From self-driving Ubers to the battle brewing over the next Tesla, the mobility revolution is poised to come to a head this year.

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How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability?

January 4, 2017 by  
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OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels reveals surprising connections, as well as where employee engagement comes into play.

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New zero-energy districts: A mile high and growing

January 4, 2017 by  
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Colorado takes the cake for upcoming net zero energy districts to watch in 2017 and beyond.

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China set to invest $174 billion in clean energy over next four years

December 2, 2016 by  
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The world’s most populous country is about to invest a whole lot of money in clean energy . Clean Technica reports that China is planning to spend about $174 billion on hydroelectric and wind energy projects over the next four years. The news comes from reports from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) that were obtained recently by Reuters . To break it down further, China’s NEA is planning to spend about 1.2 trillion yuan, or $174 billion U.S. on renewable energy between 2016 and 2020. That money will largely go towards the construction of new wind farms, the building of which is predicted to provide about 300,000 jobs over the next four years. They’re also planning to put in place a market-based subsidy for the wind industry. Related: China is building a giant solar plant at Chernobyl To those familiar with China, news like this will come as no surprise, as the country has been largely leading the charge when it comes to implementing clean energy projects. They have been moving away from coal power, and recently signed on to the Paris climate deal along with the U.S. The Chinese even recently told Donald Trump that climate change is not a hoax, and then publicly criticized him for his plan to pull out of the Paris agreement. While solar growth in China was slower this year, the country will have installed about 30 gigawatts of new solar capacity by the end of this year. Part of that capacity could come from the giant solar plant that China is building at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. And though targets have been decreased, the country plans to boost its offshore wind power capacity to 210 gigawatts by 2020. Via Clean Technica Images via Chris Lim and Drenaline, Wikimedia Commons

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14 cruelty-free gifts for animal lovers

December 2, 2016 by  
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‘Tis the season of light, love, and goodwill to all, and those wishes certainly extend to our animal cousins. Gifts that are cruelty-free and ethically made are true symbols of peace, and those that benefit others are even more exceptional. Vegan gifts can be enjoyed by anyone on your shopping list — not just those who specifically follow a vegan lifestyle — and your recipient’s holiday might be just a bit brighter if they know that the present they received also helped another in need. Check out our list of vegan, compassionate gift ideas and help spread gentleness to all. GIFTS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS >

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Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020

April 20, 2015 by  
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In Montreal, green transportation is a big deal, and the city is embarking on a plan to make it even bigger. Mayor Denis Coderre is pushing for an electric vehicle sharing program to be launched in the city of 1.6 million, with a goal of 250 cars in the following year and up to 1,000 by the year 2020. The mayor’s new plan is part of a larger effort to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years. Read the rest of Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , car sharing programs , communauto , communauto car sharing , electric cars , electric vehicles , ev charging stations , ev sharing , green technology , Montreal , montreal green city

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IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 by  
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How will cars look in the future? No one is quite sure, but with the upcoming arrival of self-driving cars, the potential for wild new ideas is greater than ever before. Design firm IDEO has put together their vision of the “Future of Automobility,” which looks at how self-driving cars will impact the design of vehicles over the next 15 years. Read the rest of IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous delivery vehicle , autonomous vehicle , autonomous vehicles , delivery vehicle , driverless cars , futuristic driverless cars , green transportation , IDEO , mobile office , the car of the future , urban planning , urban transportation , workplace on wheels

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Carnival Invests $180M in Reducing Emissions

October 8, 2013 by  
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Carnival will invest $180 million to develop and deploy a new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over the next three years in order to comply with regulations from the EPA and the International Maritime Organization.

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