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Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

Science
July 2 (UPI) -- The amount of electronic waste generated by the global economy is surging -- up 21 percent of over the last five years, according to a new report. The United Nation's Global E-waste Monitor 2020, published Thursday, found household consumers and businesses around the world generated 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste in 2019 -- a record. Advertisement E-waste consists of most any discarded product with a battery or a plug. At current rates, the global economy will produce 74 million metric tons of e-waste by the end of the decade. According to researchers, just 17.4 percent of e-waste is recycled in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Currently, the pace of e-waste growth far outstrips the growth of e-waste recycling. "The environmental consequences are the release of toxic...
Study: Climate change crisis requires less growth-oriented global economy

Study: Climate change crisis requires less growth-oriented global economy

Science
June 19 (UPI) -- Economies and consumers can't aspire to both affluence and sustainability, researchers warn in a new paper, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications. Hundreds of studies have highlighted the challenges facing the planet's climate, biodiversity and food systems -- global warming, pollution, habitat loss -- but few have focused on the relationship between Earth's climate and ecological crises and the planet's growth-oriented economies and the pursuit of affluence. Advertisement Many economists, business leaders, policy makers and even a few climate scientists have suggested technological advances will see planet Earth and its economies through the climate crisis -- continuing economic growth but with a smaller carbon footprint. But a new paper by an internation...
New global extinction target proposed

New global extinction target proposed

Science
The world needs a single goal for fighting the loss of nature, much like the 1.5C target for climate change, according to conservation experts.Extinctions of plants and animals should be kept well below 20 per year, they propose.Last year, a UN report found that around one million species are now threatened with extinction. Progress on biodiversity loss has been "far too slow, limited or ineffective," said Prof Georgina Mace of UCL, London.Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'Achieving the target should ensure that natural systems "continue to function and meet the needs of people and the rest of life on Earth", she said.The coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on the critical balance between nature an...
How messaging technology is helping fuel global protests

How messaging technology is helping fuel global protests

Technology
When a friend shared a Facebook post with Michelle Burris inviting her to protest in downtown Washington, D.C., last Saturday, she knew she had to go. So she bought a Black Lives Matter mask from a street vendor before marching the streets of the district with a “No Justice, No Peace" sign. After that march ended, she pulled up details on Instagram for a car caravan demonstration just a few blocks away. “It was extremely powerful, not only Facebook but Instagram,” Burris said. “It was very easy to mobilize.” Protesters are using a variety of technology tools to organize rallies, record police violence and communicate during the marches sweeping the U.S. and other countries following the death of George Floyd. Some of that involves secure messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegr
Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

Pacific Air Forces return Global Hawk drones to Yokota Air Base

Business
June 4 (UPI) -- Pacific Air Forces began rotating RQ-4 Global Hawks from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to Yokota Air Base in Japan last week, the Air Force announced Thursday. According to the Air Force, the rotation of Global Hawks to Yokota should provide a stable location from which the platform can operate when inclement weather -- such as typhoons -- have historically interfered. Advertisement "Having alternate locations to execute our mission during seasons of inclement weather ensures our ability to continue executing U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the alliance reconnaissance requirements in support of the defense of Japan and to maintain international peace and security in the region," Lt. Col. Ben Craycraft, 319th Operations Group Detachment 1 commander, said. The RQ-4 Global Ha...