Plastics going straight to landfill as China waste ban bites

Thanks;Nita Blake-Persen, Reporter Published;June,13 Plastics that were once able to be recycled are now heading straight to New Zealand landfills as China’s waste import ban starts to bite. A fill of plastics grades 3-7. Photo: Supplied/PlasbackNZ China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste at the start of this year because it said contaminants were…

Trump and Kim Have Just Walked Us Back From the Brink of War

Thanks;Victor Cha Mr. Cha is a former National Security Council director for Asia. Published;June 12, 2018 President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea meet for the first time on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times There is a phrase in Korean: “Begun is half-done.” It means when tackling a difficult task,…

Most microplastic harm done at lowest levels of food web, according to analysis

Thanks;Carolyn J. Foley/Purdue University Published;May,01 Microplastics, bits of plastics that have found their way into waters in and around every continent on Earth, have a range of impacts on aquatic life, according to a meta-analysis led by Purdue University’s Tomas Höök. Most negatively affected are zooplankton and larval fish. Credit: Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell…

Cherishing the ground we walk on

Thanks;FAO Published;May,15 @09.43AM ©FAO/Olivier Asselin Soil is where it all begins. Few people know that soils are a non-renewable resource. It takes over 1000 years to make 1 cm of soil. This means that in our lifetime, all the soil we see is all there is. Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes…

Allies and adversaries worry as Trump sets stage for reveal on Iran deal

THANKS;Laura King and Noah Bierman PUBLISHED;1 hr ago 08.05.2018 © Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A Iranian woman walks past a wall painting in the shape of Iranian flag in Tehran, Iran on the first anniversary of nuclear deal between Iran and world powers on January 16, 2017. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday could…

Here’s One Way to Combat Climate Change: Suck Out Carbon Dioxide

Thanks      ; Rosalie Chan Published ; 04.22.18 12:06 AM ET Carbon capture was supposed to get rid of CO2 from the atmosphere. But a new method might be safer and better. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/ The Daily Beast Every minute, our atmosphere gets clogged with more particles of carbon dioxide being spewed…

Malala sets foot on home soil after five years

Thanks;Amir Wasim | Mohammad Asghar Published;March 29, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Youngest Nobel Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai arrived here on Thursday night more than five years after she survived a Taliban attack in Swat which necessitated her departure to the UK for medical treatment. Ms Yousafzai — accompanied by her father Ziauddin, Farah Mohamed…

Zuckerberg says audits of Facebook apps won’t solve everything

Thanks; Deepa Seetharaman Published: Mar 23, 2018 12:15 a.m. ET Mark Zuckerberg is in damage-control mode after Facebook’s data scandal. Facebook Inc.’s investigation into outsiders’ handling of its users’ information will help identify and deter bad actors but won’t be able to uncover where all the data ended up and how it is being deployed,…

Tiny plastic particles are ‘part of the air we breathe’ say scientists and can damage lungs, poison kidneys and even interfere with our hormones

Thanks;Sian Boyle And Megan Sheets For The Daily Mail Investigations Unit Published; 22:05 18 Mar 2018, updated 17:03 19 Mar 2018 It had been thought the risk to health was largely limited to eating fish from oceans polluted with plastic. But the leading scientist who oversaw our investigation said microplastics had become ‘part of the…

Speculations over multiple summit meetings rise ahead of inter-Korean talks

Thanks;Choi He-suk Published : Mar 18, 2018 – 15:48 Updated : Mar 18, 2018 – 17:11 Speculations are rising over possible summit meetings between President Moon Jae-in, and the leaders of China, the US and Japan in the run-up to the inter-Korean summit, and Pyongyang-Washington summit. Moon’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is…