To manage plastic waste, you first have to measure it — here’s how we did it for one Caribbean country

February 7, 2020 by  
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Measuring the problem is often challenging for plastics, due to lack of data on where they come from and end up.

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Episode 185: Word games, cool planes , Nori’s blockchain-driven carbon removal mission

August 23, 2019 by  
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Plus, many of those food waste stats you’ve heard don’t include what’s discarded at the farm. Tune in to hear about both the problem, and potential solutions.

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Can climate change be made simple enough to solve?

July 2, 2019 by  
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If people don’t believe a problem is solvable, they’re more likely to deny the problem’s existence. How do we overcome that?

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The massive emissions-cutting and cost-saving potential of chemical reuse

July 2, 2019 by  
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The circular economy and digitalization will be the two most important trends employed by Germany’s chemical industry as it moves towards 2030.

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What do the plastics and climate crises have in common? The same someone profiting from the status quo

May 27, 2019 by  
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There’s a variety of solutions and innovations to solve them — but key players are missing among the problem-solvers.

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Solving the plastic pollution crisis requires focus on another ‘R’ — responsibility

February 21, 2019 by  
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Companies must tackle the problem by reducing and reusing first, rather than skipping straight to recycling as the bests solution.

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The Poo Problem: Pet Waste

November 6, 2018 by  
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For pet owners who are conscientious about the environment, the … The post The Poo Problem: Pet Waste appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Trick or Eco-Treat: Halloween Candy Quandary

October 23, 2018 by  
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You don’t want to be part of the problem of … The post Trick or Eco-Treat: Halloween Candy Quandary appeared first on Earth911.com.

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New study finds food waste will increase to 66 tons per second if left unchecked

August 21, 2018 by  
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A new analysis from Boston Consulting Group (BCG)  has found that global food waste will increase by more than 30% by 2030 if no action is taken. The figures themselves are even more alarming: a total of 2.1 billion tons of food is projected to be thrown away or, in the case of perishables, lost; this amount equates to a colossal 66 tons per second. Related: Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry Currently, about 1.6 billion tons of food goes to waste each year, which represents $1.2 trillion worth of food and accounts for 8% of yearly global green house emissions. And, while food loss awareness is on the rise, global attempts to deal with the issue are not. According to Shalini Unnikrishnan, a partner and managing director of BCG, attempts to deal with food waste are “fragmented, limited and ultimately insufficient given the magnitude of the problem,” In fact, the probelm will only get words as countries continue to industrialize. “As population grows rapidly in certain industrializing parts of the world, like in Asia, consumption is growing very rapidly,” Unnikrishnan observed. Related: The Agraloop turns food waste into sustainable clothing fibers One possible solution, according to BCG, is the creation of an ecolabel, such as those found on fair trade products. This ecolabel would let consumers know which companies have committed to reducing waste and make it easier to buy responsibly. However, “The scale of the problem is one that will continue to grow while we’re developing our solutions,” Unnikrishnan said. The UN hopes to halve food waste by 2030, but if governments, companies and consumers don’t make significant changes in the way they approach food – and work together to do it – there is little chance of this happening. According to Unnikrishnan, “It’s not an easy problem, no single country, no single entity can solve the entire problem on their own.” + Boston Consulting Group Via The Guardian

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Are Your Souvenirs Part of the Problem?

July 18, 2018 by  
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