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What Are You Doing About Plastic Waste?

What Are You Doing About Plastic Waste?

The United Nations Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution (GESAMP) estimated that land-based sources account for up to 80 percent of the world’s marine pollution, 60 to 95 percent of the waste being plastics debris.

Waste in the Food Supply Chain

Waste in the Food Supply Chain

Though the national dialogue around food waste often centers around consumer behavior, the role of private sector companies is the "most critical" in the fight against food waste, since their decisions reverberate up and down the supply chain.

The Problem with Takeaway Coffee Cups

The Problem with Takeaway Coffee Cups

Back in early 2016, British TV chef and food writer Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall continued his ‘War on Waste’ series by looking at how difficult it is to recycle disposable coffee cups, despite many consumers mistakenly believing the paper cups can simply be placed in paper recycling bins and baskets.

Food Waste Produced by World's Richest Nations Could End World Hunger Twice Over

Food Waste Produced by World's Richest Nations Could End World Hunger Twice Over

Food waste doesn't just impact our global hunger crises; it's also a detriment to the environment. Food production requires water and land and it also releases methane when left uneaten. Methane, a greenhouse gas more damaging than CO2, is also a major byproduct of livestock production.

Energy Consumption Expected to Rise by 46 Percent by 2060

Energy Consumption Expected to Rise by 46 Percent by 2060

Across the globe, cities are growing. By 2050, the United Nations forecasts that 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, with India and China, expected to see the fastest rates of change.

How is Plastic Used?

How is Plastic Used?

Amongst all plastics, polyolefins are dominant for a few reasons. However, these materials have serious downsides.

Beach Cleanups May Not Be the Perfect Solution for Plastic Pollution, But It Helps

Beach Cleanups May Not Be the Perfect Solution for Plastic Pollution, But It Helps

Every year, tens of thousands of people worldwide volunteer for the Sisyphean chore of picking up trash from beaches. The largest effort is conducted every September by the Ocean Conservancy, which in 30 years of cleanups has collected 300 million pounds and more than 350 types of items.

To Live in A Fossil-Fuel-Dependent World

To Live in A Fossil-Fuel-Dependent World

To limit warming to 1.5°C, not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built ever again, some existing power plants need to shut down early—and yet today many new power plants are under construction or planned.

Plastic Production to Increase by 40 Percent Over the Next Decade

Plastic Production to Increase by 40 Percent Over the Next Decade

In the first decade of this century, we made more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. And every year, billions of pounds of more plastic end up in the world's oceans.

Water: the Core of Sustainable Development

Water: the Core of Sustainable Development

At the human level, water cannot be seen in isolation from sanitation. Together, they are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, education and economic productivity of populations.