UN releases first "state of plastics" report on World Environment Day

June 6, 2018 by  
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The United Nations has released its first-ever global plastics report on June 5th, World Environment Day. Well-timed and thematically coordinated, the UN “state of plastics” report debuted for this year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution.” Officially named Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability , the report documents the efforts of more than 60 countries to fight plastic pollution by implementing bans or taxes on single-use plastic items, concluding that such policies are the most effective means to reduce plastic usage. “The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable — with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution,” head of UN Environment Erik Solheim wrote in the report. “Plastic isn’t the problem. It’s what we do with it.” In addition to assessing policy solutions, the report also outlines the current state of plastic recycling and disposal. According to the report, only 9 percent of plastic is recycled, while 79 percent of all plastic ends up in landfills, garbage dumps or in the natural world. Twelve percent is incinerated, resulting in pollutants that enter the atmosphere and affect environmental health. Of particular concern is the use of plastic bags, which often block water ways, provide disease-spreading insects with a place to breed and harm wildlife. Related: Pilot whale dies in Thailand with more than 17 pounds of plastic in its stomach Of the countries that have implemented plastic bag bans or taxes, 50 percent were not able to provide data to effectively evaluate the policy impact. Thirty percent of the total countries reported that their policies reduced the use of plastic bags within a year of implementation, while 20 percent said that their policy changes had little effect. This lack of impact may be due to poor enforcement or simply that consumers don’t have access to affordable alternatives. The report highlights the success of Morocco , in which an enforced ban resulted in the seizure of 421 tons of plastic bags and a near-total replacement of plastic bags with fabric. The report recommends that bans and taxes be supplemented with improved waste management, a circular plastic production and consumption model, and financial benefits dispersed to businesses and consumers to encourage the development and adoption of plastic alternatives. + UN Environment Via Ecowatch Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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The latest champion in the battle against climate change: fast food burgers

June 6, 2018 by  
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Swedish fast food chain Max Burgers (MAX) made headlines around a decade ago when it started labeling menu items with carbon footprints. Now, the company is launching what it describes as climate-positive burgers . MAX says it  plants trees to absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the total emissions of its products. MAX CEO Richard Bergfors said in a statement, “We know that we are part of the problem and together with our guests, we can now be part of the solution.” Climate-positive burgers will pop up this month in just over 130 restaurants around the world — MAX, founded in 1968 in Sweden , now boasts joints in Norway, Denmark, Poland, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Here’s how the company plans to make its menu offerings good for the environment . First, it measures all product emissions, including waste from meals and emissions generated when employees and guests travel to and from MAX restaurants. The company then works in various ways to lower emissions, such as recycling frying oil into biodiesel , recycling heat in restaurants and introducing a Green Family of burgers made with vegetables, beans or Halloumi cheese. Finally, MAX says it captures at least 110 percent of its emissions by planting trees. Related: Swiss grocery store chain will be the first to sell insect burgers “The reasoning behind the launch of climate-positive burgers is simple: climate change on our planet is out of control, and we need to stabilize it,” Bergfors said. “To meet the two-degree climate goal set out in the Paris Agreement , the world needs to work harder at cutting emissions and start the work of clearing greenhouse gases that have already been emitted into the atmosphere. Just going carbon neutral is not enough anymore.” One out of three of MAX meals sold today don’t have red meat , according to the company, and the goal is that by 2022, every other meal won’t have red meat. The chain thinks that hitting this target could allow it to reduce emissions by 30 percent in seven years. MAX is also behind an initiative called Clipop , with New Zealand car-sharing company Mevo , to register climate positive products from around the world. The team hopes more companies will get on board. + MAX Climate-Positive + Rethink Burgers + Clipop Images courtesy of Max Burgers

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Green Car Reports: Audi channels Tesla with the R8 e-tron, all about the Volt powertrain and how nuclear waste could be used to power your car

March 6, 2015 by  
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Every week the site Green Car Reports covers the entire field of green and greener transportation, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids , high-efficiency clean diesels, and just smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week, including how we could use old nuclear waste to run our cars, the gorgeous Audi all-electric R8 e-tron, Tesla’s all-purpose charging/service stations and the best way to get yourself banned from Green Car Reports. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: Audi channels Tesla with the R8 e-tron, all about the Volt powertrain and how nuclear waste could be used to power your car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2016 Chevy Volt , ford c-max hybrid , ford energi , Ford Green Car Reports , GCP , Green Car Reports Inhabitat , R8 e-tron sports car , tesla , Tesla all purpose station , Tesla charging station , tesla model-s , Weekly round-up Green Car Reports

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Green Car Reports: Why one analyst thinks Tesla is doomed, the 2016 Volvo XC90 hybrid, and the perils of breaking up with fossil fuels

March 2, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. What defines a “ green car ” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week,  Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles , conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: Why one analyst thinks Tesla is doomed, the 2016 Volvo XC90 hybrid, and the perils of breaking up with fossil fuels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , Green Automobiles , green car news , Green Car Reports , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , hybrid cars

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NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded

January 19, 2015 by  
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NASA and NOAA researchers just released their climate numbers for 2014 and confirmed what Japanese scientists already announced : 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded. The scorching temps in 2014 beat previous high temperature records by 0.07F (0.04C), and last year also marked the 38th consecutive year of above-average global temps. Read the rest of NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , Climate Change , global warming , heat , high temperatures , nasa , News , NOAA , reports , research , scientists , temperatures

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Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car

December 23, 2014 by  
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What defines a “ green car ” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles , conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , Green Automobiles , green car news , Green Car Reports , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , hybrid cars

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

December 18, 2014 by  
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What defines a “ green car ” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles , conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Read on for a selection of their stories from last week. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , Green Automobiles , green car news , Green Car Reports , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , hybrid cars

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Concluding IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

November 4, 2014 by  
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“Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts , but options exist to limit its effects,” so states the briefest summary of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The IPCC released the  Synthesis Report of its Fifth Assessment Report over the weekend, which brings together all of its findings since the Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. While the report was as bleak and as stark as expected based on the interim reports issued over the last 13 months, it maintained the possibility that the situation could be mitigated – providing we can muster the political and collective will to do so. Read the rest of Concluding IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide , Climate Change , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , ice sheet loss , IPCC , IPCC Fifth Assessment Report , reports , rising sea levels , United Nations

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“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 9, 2014 by  
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Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its report on current greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, and on Monday PwC released its Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 . The WMO report states atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations “reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide,” and the PwC report argues that current efforts to reduce carbon emissions actually have us on track for a 4°C warmer world by 2100, instead of the only 2°C (3.6°F) increase we are aiming for. Read the rest of “We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 degree temperature increase , 2014 , carbon dioxide , carbon emissions , carbon reduction measures , Climate Change , global warming , greenhouse gas bulletin , IPCC , Low Carbon Economy Index , methane , nitrous oxide , Price Waterhouse Coopers , pwc , reports , un climate summit , WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud , world meteorological organization

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

September 9, 2014 by  
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Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air HES (Hydro Electric Station) — a tethered blimp that captures water from the clouds with a mesh that hangs vertically in the air and sends water to a hydropower plant on the ground via conduit attachments. A turbo generator then produces clean water and electricity. Andrew Kazantsev and his St. Petersburg-based team have built a prototype that captures around five liters (one gallon) of water from low-level clouds in about an hour. Read the rest of Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air HES , Andrew Kazantsev , clean electricity , clean water , cloud power , Hydro , russia , tesla , water issues

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