Remediation gets the lead out of soil, but not kids

A relatively affordable remediation process can remove lead from unregulated battery recycling, but isn't as good at getting it out of children's bodies.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

Consumers can turn plastic waste into valuable products at minimal cost using the open source technologies associated with DRAM – distributed recycling and additive manufacturing.

Joshua M. Pearce, Wite Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up

Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.

Shahana Althaf, Postdoctoral associate, Yale University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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That dried-out Christmas tree is a fire hazard

Christmas tree disposal can prevent fire hazards and potentially benefit the environment. Here are some expert tips.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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China biodegradable plastics 'failing to solve pollution crisis'

China's increase in biodegradables is outpacing its ability to degrade plastic, warns Greenpeace.

bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Ranked: the environmental impact of five different soft drink containers

Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.

Alice Brock, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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How five different drink containers affect the environment – ranked from worst to best

Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.

Alice Brock, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser – it could make farming more sustainable

If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture.

Jenna Senecal, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Engineering, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we've found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.

Susannah Scott, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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