Old Electronics Could Be More Profitable Than Literal Gold Mines

Forget panning for gold or extracting copper ore. A new study shows that recovering metals from discarded electronics, a process known as urban mining, is far less expensive than mining them the traditional way. If you’re reading this, you’re part of one of our planet’s biggest problems: e-waste. Eventually, your …

China Joins World Green Building Council Community

China’s Green Building Council has officially partnered with the World Green Building Council in a major boost to international efforts to curb the environmental impact of the building and construction sectors, the two organisations announced yesterday. The partnership was hailed as “hugely significant” by the World GBC, given China’s position …

Clean Air Is Now a Status Symbol in the World’s Most Polluted Cities

The Cordis hotel in Shanghai boasts proximity to railways and the airport, a beautiful pool, and double-filtered air. Indeed, air quality seems to be a selling point for this luxury hotel — each of its 396 rooms is equipped with a pollution monitor, The Guardian reports. Breathing clean air is …

U.S. Asks China to ‘Immediately Halt’ Ban on Foreign Waste

Last year, China—the world’s largest importer of waste—announced it no longer wanted to take in other countries’ trash so it could focus on its own pollution problems. This unexpected policy shift, which took effect Jan. 1, has left exporters in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Germany and other European countries scrambling …

‘Energy Transition City’: China Targets Lowest-Carbon Winter Olympics Yet

China’s plans to deliver a green winter Olympics in 2022 stepped up a gear on Saturday with news of a deal to brand co-host Zhangjiakou as China’s first ‘energy transition city’. Under a partnership struck with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the People’s Government of Hebei Province, Zhangjiakou …

Global Carbon Emissions Rise for First Time Since 2014

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy increased for the first time in 2017 after three years of remaining flat, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Thursday, meaning the world remains far off course in curbing planet warming emissions. Carbon emissions reached a record-high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017 due to …