Kenya’s ′waste warriors′ rely on trash for income

The downturn in hospitality and tourism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic means scavenging has become even less lucrative than before.

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Shipments of asbestos waste to Portugal more than tripled in 2019

The amount of asbestos-containing trash shipped to Portuguese landfills from abroad more than tripled last year, alarming environmentalists and locals alike due to the carcinogenic and other health risks from the material.

Japan dumping nuclear waste water into ocean sparks global outrage

The Japanese government is about to announce the dumping of more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is an official decision that could come by the end of October, according to Japanese media reports.
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Ikea will buy back some used furniture to stop ‘excessive consumption’

Moving up in the world or at least moving homes, customers have for generations faced an awkward question: What do you do with old Ikea furniture, so carefully assembled but so ready to be replaced?

Logan City turning human waste into energy in move to go carbon neutral within two years

Queensland's Logan City is the first local government area in Australia to turn human waste into energy after trialling a state-of-the-art gasification plant at the Loganholme Waste Water Treatment plant.

New British standard for biodegradable plastic introduced

A new British standard for biodegradable plastic is being published which scientists say will cut through a jungle of classifications that leave consumers confused.

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two.

Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain

Sri Lanka has shipped back to Britain container-loads of waste that the Colombo government said were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material.

How London could achieve net zero carbon by 2050

A city historically known for its lethal 20th-Century smogs has committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – how will London get there?

Editorial: Reducing bag use is not enough

As the oil industry plans a big increase in the manufacture of packaging, the need for international action on plastic waste has never been clearer.

Plastic pollution on Cornwall beaches worse since end of lockdown

Plastic pollution on our beaches, rivers and streets has risen dramatically since the end of the lockdown, environment campaigners Surfers Against Sewage have found.

Nearly 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge containing human waste to enter UK

Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.

Trump scales back limits on toxic waste from coal power plants

The Trump administration is relaxing Obama-era requirements stemming toxic heavy metal pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Legal challenge over UK's exclusion of incinerators from emissions target

An environmental campaigner is mounting a legal challenge to the government's decision to exclude waste incinerators from its post-Brexit carbon emissions trading scheme designed to bring the UK to net zero emissions by 2050.

Eliminating the concept of waste from the economy

For architect William McDonough, an economy of the future is a "circular economy."
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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