US Top of the Garbage Pile in Global Waste Crisis

The world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Per head of population the worst offenders are the US, as Americans produce three times the global average of waste, including plastic and food.  When it comes to …

Governments and Firms in 28 Countries Sued over Climate Crisis – Report

Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries, according to a new analysis. The study reveals that more than 1,300 legal actions concerning climate change have been brought since 1990. While the US – with 1,023 cases – remains the leader in climate litigation, other countries …

Icelandic Waste to Get Shipped Abroad for Dutch Energy

Geminor has signed a deal to handle what it claims is the first ever export of treated waste from Iceland. The Norwegian resource management firm penned a five-year contract to ship refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from Iceland to the Netherlands, where it will be transported to a waste-to-energy facility. The agreement …

Malaysia to Send Plastic Waste Back to UK and Other Foreign Countries

The Malaysian Government has ordered several thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste to be sent back to the countries it came from, including the UK and US. Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia, along with many other developing countries, have become a dumping ground for rich nations, with much …

Microsoft Inks PPA for Dutch Offshore Wind Energy

Microsoft has signed a new deal to buy electricity from a 713.5MW offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. It is purchasing 90MW of power from the Borssele III/IV wind farm under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dutch developer Eneco. Electricity generated from the offshore wind farm will be used …

EU Clean Water Laws Under Attack from Industry Lobbyists

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. The lobby offensive is aimed at weakening the bloc’s floods and water framework directives, which require all states to ensure …

Apple Quadruples Recycling Points for Old iPhones

Apple has quadrupled the number of locations customers can send their old iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robots. Customers can return their obsolete and damaged devices to Best Buy stores throughout the US, KPN retailers in the Netherlands or any Apple Store in either country. They can also …