Posts Tagged ‘waste’

Plans For Mass Shipments Of Radioactive Waste Quietly Disclosed

Above Photo: M-290 Naval Spent Fuel Shipping Container is one cask design used to transport high-level radioactive waste from Newport News. Virginia Places / US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, Naval Spent Fuel Transportation. How far is your house or apartment from a major highway, or railroad line? Do you want to play Russian roulette […]

US Doesn’t Know How And Where To Store Its Growing Nuclear Waste

Above Photo: The Hanford Site by the Columbia River in Washington State was built during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project and used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. It is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the country but the DoE doesn’t yet have a long-range plan for handling waste […]

California sues Walmart for dumping hazardous waste in the state’s landfills

California is suing Walmart for allegedly dumping more than 150,000 pounds a year of hazardous waste in the state’s landfill. The corporate giant is being accused of dumping products such as pesticides, toxic cleaning supplies, batteries, aerosol cans, latex paints and LED light bulbs. Rob Bonta, California’s attorney general said that Walmart violated the state’s […]

Japan Plans Dumping Fukushima’s Nuclear Waste In Ocean: Pacific Collective Vows To Oppose

The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues, a group of civil society and student organizations, has categorically denied the veracity of a report released by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), vowing to oppose Japan’s planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The strong objection comes a day after TEPCO submitted […]

Right Wing Round-Up: How to Waste $25 Million

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Amazon plastic waste increased 29% during pandemic

Online retailer Amazon generated a third more plastic waste in 2020 than from 2019 says a report from the environmental organization, Oceana.  The 599 million pounds of waste from plastic packaging Amazon wasted last year ends up in places like the world’s oceans causing so much harm and destruction to the environment and wildlife.  The […]

Japan’s Upcoming Nuclear Waste Dump

Nuclear waste is an interminable curse that eternally haunts the future of civilization for hundreds/thousands of years. “The challenge of making nuclear power safer doesn’t end after the power has been generated. Nuclear fuel remains dangerously radioactive for thousands of years after it is no longer useful in a commercial reactor.” (Source: Nuclear Waste, Union […]

Five ways to cut down on food waste—and why it matters

When people think about ways to help the environment, encourage biodiversity and decrease greenhouse gases, they don’t usually think about the impact of food waste. And yet food waste is responsible for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Producing food for a growing global population is a complex challenge with a lot of […]

Cutting Food Waste: A Lesson In Climate Awareness And Environmental Literacy

Above photo: Students planting seedlings during a field trip to Great Kids Farm in 2019. Anne Rosenthal. America wastes up to 40 percent of its food, and schools are no exception. Teaching students where food comes from is part of the solution. Baltimore, MD – As a “farm to school specialist” in the Baltimore City […]

Mesopotamian Superpowers Laying Waste To The Ancient Near East

Call it Canaan, the Levant or the Ancient Near East; the region has always had a troubled history of warfare and invasions. For 400 years from 732 to 332 BC, this region incorporating Philistia, Judea and Israel has been the epicenter of the battlefields between the superpowers of Mesopotamia; the Assyrians (732 to 604 BC); […]

Hotels Don’t Waste A Crisis

Above Photo: Workers at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown are fighting for their recall rights, like hotel workers across the United States and Canada. UNITE HERE Local 40. Javier Gonzalez used to send money every two weeks to his 85- and 90-year-old parents in his home country. He had to stop because his employer, Boston Marriott […]

Possible New solution to convert waste heat into energy

Possible New solution to convert waste heat into energyPublished on August 14, 2021Written by phys.org Perseverance, NASA’s 2020 Mars rover, is powered by something very desirable here on Earth: a thermoelectric device, which converts heat to useful electricity. On Mars, the heat source is the radioactive decay of plutonium, and the device‘s conversion efficiency is […]

Don’t waste the opportunity at UN SC

United Nations Security Council in session, New York (File photo) India acted rather petulantly when it turned it down Pakistan’s request for participation in the meeting on Afghanistan. Alas, India made a clumsy start to its long-awaited UNSC presidency. This farcical performance does no credit to India’s claim for permanent membership of the UN Security […]

Pennsylvania Town Battles To Shut Down Toxic Waste-To-Energy Plant

So-called waste-to-energy plants are the waste management industry’s way of describing toxic incinerators that burn trash and leave extremely toxic ash containing dioxin, mercury, arsenic and more. The Covanta incinerator in Chester, Pennsylvania, is the largest one of its kind in the U.S. Chester is a low-income community near Philadelphia, with a population of 33,000 […]

US Spending $1.2 Billion on Merck’s COVID-19 Treatment Is a ‘Waste of Taxpayers’ Money’: Doctor

A critical care doctor has said it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money for the U.S. government to purchase drug company Merck’s anti-viral treatment for COVID-19, if it’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Pierre Kory, president and chief medical officer of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), said there’s no […]

E-waste effigies near G7 venue mimic leaders attending weekend summit

Leaders of the G7 countries visiting Cornwall for this week’s summit have been immortalised in a sculpture of recycled electronic waste. Dubbed ‘Mount Recyclemore’, the piece is based on Mount Rushmore in the US, but instead depicts the seven politicians including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

The local initiatives in France taking on the problem of plastic waste

For the duration of euronews’ Green Week, our magazine and news teams are exploring stories and solutions for a better planet from across Europe. Every year, 600 000 tonnes of plastic end up in the Mediterranean Sea. France is the largest producer of plastic waste in the region and has a lower recycling rate than […]

20 companies are responsible for producing over half of all single-use plastic waste

In the first ever “Plastic Waste Makers Index” report published Tuesday, researchers revealed 20 companies are responsible for producing over 55 percent of all single-use plastic waste in the world.  The 20 global businesses are both state-owned and multinational corporations, consisting mainly of energy and chemical giants, and are responsible for a plastic waste footprint […]

Woolworths, Coles Pledge to Radically Reduce Plastic Waste in Ambitious Pact

Leading supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles are committing to ambitious goals to fight plastic waste through a vision of ensuring all plastic packaging are recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The two supermarket groups have joined 60 groups—including ALDI and Nestle—across the supply chain that have signed up to the ‘Australia, New Zealand and Pacific […]

Where does all the radioactive fracking waste go?

Image Credit: George Etheredge/Rolling Stone On May 8, 2017, a drum of radioactive oilfield waste from Australia arrived at a remote West Texas disposal site operated by local oil and gas environmental services company, Lotus LLC. This drum of waste entered the United States aboard a Singapore Airlines cargo jet, appropriately packaged in a steel […]

$23m allocated to waste management in coastal provinces

TEHRAN – A total of 1 trillion rials (nearly $23 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been earmarked to tackle the issue of waste management in northern coastal provinces, deputy head of Iran’s municipalities and village administrators said. Highlighting that solving the waste problem in the country requires the participation of the […]

‘Forever’ Battery Made from Nuclear Waste Takes 28,000 Years to Run Out of Charge

California startup Nano Diamond Battery (NDB) says it has designed a battery made from nuclear waste that will take up to 28,000 years to run out of charge. Image source: RT News YouTube.com The “forever” diamond battery was developed for use in deep space and other niche applications, but a consumer-facing prototype is also in […]

10 Examples of Kickbacks & Waste in New ‘COVID’ Bill Showing It’s Not About COVID at All

(FEE) President Biden has proposed $1.9 trillion in additional COVID-19 spending. He’s asking Congress to authorize another round of checks, more expanded unemployment benefits, a $15 minimum wage, and much, much more. Over the weekend, House Democrats finally released the text of the 600-page bill meant to make Biden’s broad COVID proposals a legislative reality. Critics and economists have […]

Newborn baby girl found alive in underground waste container near Amsterdam

Police in the Netherlands have found a newborn baby girl alive in an underground waste container. The baby was discovered by the authorities late on Sunday evening at a residential area in Meernhof, southeast of the capital, Amsterdam. She is in a stable condition in hospital, police said. “At around 22.40, the police incident room […]

Japan to waste millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine because of syringe mixup

A shortage of specialist syringes in Japan means millions of people will not receive the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.  Standard syringes cannot extract the sixth and final dose from each vial manufactured by the US drugmaker. Without the specialist syringes, the final dose will be discarded.  Japan has secured 144 million shots of the Pfizer vaccine, […]

Overpopulation, food waste and climate change

In 1960 there were around 3 billion people on Earth, by December 2020 the number had leapt to 7.8 billion. The world is wildly overpopulated: with every day that passes the numbers grow, and the collective human impact on the environment intensifies. If the current rate of growth continues the UN estimates that by 2050 […]

“Your Question Is A Waste Of Time” Pelosi Snaps At Reporter

During her weekly news briefing on Capital Hill last week, Nancy Pelosi lashed out at a reporter who raised an impeachment question The journalist first asked the House Speaker what her opinion was on reports that Lindsey Graham had threatened to call in the FBI for Trump’s impeachment trial. “Your question is a waste of […]

Fracked waste spews from unused gas well in Ohio entering waterways and harming fish

Credit: Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed a fracked gas well in Noble County, Ohio had spilled toxic radioactive oil and gas for more than a week. The fluid, referred to as “produced brine” entered waterways contaminating ground water and harming fish in the Crooked […]

Heavy rain helps bring Western Balkans’ waste problem into view

Recent heavy rain has helped highlight the Western Balkans’ rubbish problem. Earlier in January, islands of waste formed on the Drina River near Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were caused by swollen winter waters surged over landfill sites near the river banks. There was also a build-up of rubbish at Potpecko Lake near Priboj […]

This week in pictures: Trump supporters in Capitol, snow record in Spain, waste islands in Bosnia

This week five people died after a mob broke into the US Capitol building while Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s win. While in Europe, Spain recorded its coldest ever temperature ever at -35.8°C, floating waste was shown clogging a river in Bosnia, and the EU admitted a sharp rise in illegal sea crossings (with […]

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