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Using waste plastic as material for fuels and plastics

Using waste plastic as material for fuels and plastics
Neste has explored ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030. "Neste has been ranked the world's second most sustainable company and we are already the world's largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues."
18th July 2018

Recycling your TV during the World Cup 2018

Recycling your TV during the World Cup 2018
With the World Cup around the corner and OLED TVs a popular purchase, Veolia has received 65% more flat screen TVs at its recycling facility in Shropshire. This equates to 10,500 more compared with this time last year. Using advanced robotics technology 'ROBOTELE' expertly dismantles old TVs into new.
13th June 2018

A more accurate way to estimate climate change

A more accurate way to estimate climate change
It doesn’t matter if it’s a forest, a soybean field, or a prairie, all plants take up carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – the process where they use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into food. During this changeover, the plants emit an energy 'glow' that is not visible to the human eye, but can be detected by satellites in space. Now, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have taken that one step further.
6th June 2018


Electronic waste to increase to 52.2mmt by 2021

Electronic waste to increase to 52.2mmt by 2021
Electronic waste - or ‘e-waste’ - refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment and its parts that have been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of reuse. Concerned that the amount of e-waste generated is expected to increase substantially over the next few decades, OnRecycle.co.uk delved deeper into the issue. They analysed 2018 data released by Gov.uk, concerning Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which outlines the household e-waste collected in the UK throughout 2017.
5th June 2018

How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy

How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy. Apple Campus Two, also known as the Spaceship, generates all of the energy required to power the 175-acre campus with renewable sources.
26th March 2018

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones
For some time now, plastic pollution has been at the forefront of the environmental news agenda, but it’s only in the last few years where governments, corporations and the everyday consumer have come together to ramp up their efforts and face this problem head on. Most recently, restaurant chains and supermarkets have confirmed their commitment to reducing the level of plastic in their products, while governments have urged people to recycle more vigorously.
13th March 2018

Giant curtain aids cloud forests study

Giant curtain aids cloud forests study
A researcher from Lund University in Sweden has managed to install a huge curtain in a remote cloud forest in South America. The aim is to study how these valuable forests are affected if clouds are elevated due to global warming. The world’s cloud forests are facing the threat of rapid climate change, as global warming may lead to clouds being pushed higher up in the sky. If the lowest level of clouds, known as the cloud base, is raised, it could have a major impact on these forests.
7th March 2018

How biofuels from plant fibres could fight global warming

How biofuels from plant fibres could fight global warming
Scientists, companies and government agencies are hard at work on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In recent years, biofuels produced from corn have emerged as a fuel source to power motor vehicles and, perhaps, airplanes. But corn is problematic as a biofuel source material. It’s resource-intensive to grow, creates many environmental impacts, and is more useful as food.
27th February 2018

Multifunctional sensor package to monitor the ocean

Multifunctional sensor package to monitor the ocean
The ocean provides us with food and raw materials, as well as vital transport routes and opportunities for leisure activities; however, it is under pressure from climate change and pollution. Sustainable ocean management that relies on detailed, continuous monitoring of the marine environment is urgently needed. Water samples are normally taken from the ocean and analysed in land-based laboratories, but this approach is costly and provides a mere ‘snapshot’ in time and space.
14th February 2018

Ultrafine aerosol particles intensify rainfall in Amazon region

Ultrafine aerosol particles intensify rainfall in Amazon region
A study published in the journal Science shows how the presence in the atmosphere of ultrafine aerosol particles (less than 50 nm in diameter) can intensify the cloud formation process and rainfall in the Amazon region. According to the authors of the article, these nanoparticles have always been thought too small to play a significant role in regulating the hydrologic cycle. While this is indeed the case in polluted areas such as European and US cities, or São Paulo in Southeast Brazil, their role in the Amazon is different.
14th February 2018


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