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New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

One of the biggest problems facing the Earth's environment right now is the abundance of plastic waste. An estimated 5 billion tons of plastic is collecting in landfills or filling the oceans, and if not addressed, it will plague the decades to come by degrading into toxic chemicals, polluting the land and sea and destroying the habitats of wildlife. As scientific research looks for a solution, one possible option is trying to turn the waste into a usable fuel source.

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Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Tech today just isn’t made to last. Carriers want you switching phones once every few years, headphones break far too often and you’re probably getting another phone case next month. And as the usual narrative goes, our old tech gets lost somewhere in the nooks and crannies of our rooms, or worse, thrown out. With some simple tools and a little bit of creativity, you’ll find plenty of use for old tech. This is a list to give your unwanted products new purpose and save you a little bit of cash. It’ll also put a huge smile on Mother Nature’s face.

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Japan nears e-waste goal for making Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals

Japan nears e-waste goal for making Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals

Japan has nearly hit its goal for collecting e-waste that will be used to create the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals, officials have announced. The nation announced plans to make the medals primarily from metal harvested from old smartphones and other gadgets back in early 2017. In its most recent update, officials said that nearly 100% of the needed metals have been collected.

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Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Just in time for the Galaxy S10, Samsung plans to go green in how it packages its smartphones, tablets, and other electronics, bringing in a new sustainability policy. The company will also tweak the design of its accessories, including the USB charger included with its phones, with the aim of cutting down how much plastic is involved.

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KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC is the latest franchise to announce plans regarding plastic waste, stating that it will eliminate non-reusable/recoverable plastic packaging by 2025. Following Nestle earlier this week and Starbucks before it, KFC will work at transitioning to alternative products in a bid to eliminate its use of plastic bags, straws, cutlery, and cup lids.

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Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé has announced specific plans that will help it meet its previously stated goal of using 100-percent reusable and/or recyclable packaging by 2025. Among the first changes will be the phasing out of plastic straws from its products, a process that will begin starting next month. Instead of plastic straws, Nestlé plans to offer "innovative designs" and alternatives like paper materials.

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Goal Zero reveals Nomad 5 solar panel, Yeti home power gear, and Flip batteries

Goal Zero reveals Nomad 5 solar panel, Yeti home power gear, and Flip batteries

Sustainable and portable power company Goal Zero has announced a number of new products at CES 2019, including a new portable solar panel for USB devices, power banks in a variety of sizes, and a device that enables consumers to chain lead acid and lithium batteries together. Though the products won't be available until May, Goal Zero has thoroughly detailed each item ahead of their launch.

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Popular insecticide throws bumblebee populations into chaos

Popular insecticide throws bumblebee populations into chaos

Popular insecticides called neonicotinoids are disrupting bumblebee life, according to a new study, causing big decreases in bee populations. Though the harm caused by this type of insecticide has been previously studied, researchers weren't sure how it was causing increased bee deaths. The new study sheds light on that, finding that neonicotinoids disrupt nest life and colony thermoregulation.

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Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet's ozone layer's holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still - on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on planet-saving green initiatives that we've gotten to this point - but it's not necessarily permanent.

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General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors has announced plans to create its own electric bicycle, one that will be offered in two portability options: folding and compact. The company doesn't have a name for the eBike yet, and for good reason -- it's asking the public to help it name the new model. The chosen winner will receive a $10,000 award and nine finalists will each get $1,000.

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Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

A new study warns the world's oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought. The findings indicate these bodies of water may be more sensitive to pollution than expected, according to researchers, challenging an IPCC climate change assessment figure from 2014. The team used a different technique to measure the amount of heat stored by the oceans.

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Sony slashes a decade off its 100% US renewable energy deadline

Sony slashes a decade off its 100% US renewable energy deadline

Last month, Sony joined The Climate Group's RE100 initiative, vowing to utilize 100-percent renewable energy globally by the year 2040. Now, about a month later, the company is back with a revised goal, one that cuts a full decade off its renewable energy deadline for US-based operations. The company now says it will be fully utilizing clean energy in the United States by 2030, helping do its part to address climate change.

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