Japan Will Have to Dump Radioactive Water into Pacific, Minister Says

The operator of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will have to dump huge quantities of contaminated water from the site directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister has said – a move that would enrage local fishermen. More than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water has accumulated …

Supermarkets in Asia Are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging

Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative. Supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand earned praise on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week. The novel …

Most Technologies and Sectors ‘Not Keeping Pace with Long-Term Energy Goals’

Most technologies and sectors are not keeping pace with the long-term goals of the clean energy transition. That’s according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which suggests many types of energy asset are not adequately working towards its Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) targets to tackle climate change, deliver energy access …

US to Become World’s Largest Market for Grid-Connected Energy Storage

The US is projected to take over South Korea as the world’s largest market for grid-connected energy storage this year. That’s according to new research, which suggests solar combined with battery storage as well as peaking capacity requirements are driving increased procurement. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the US …

Supermarkets in Thailand and Vietnam Swap Plastic Packaging for Banana Leaves

Thailand and Vietnam are two of the five countries that account for 60 percent of the plastic in the world’s oceans, according to a 2015 study. Now, Vice reported Friday that supermarkets in both countries are going back to nature to find an alternative to plastic bags: banana leaves. A …

We Have 12 years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe, Warns UN

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors …

Samsung Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020

Samsung Electronics announced Thursday an aim to source 100 percent renewable energy for its energy used in all of its factories, office buildings and operational facilities in the U.S., Europe and China by 2020. Specific locations were chosen as they are “well-equipped with infrastructure for the development and transmission of …