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Carbon capture could be climate change solution, or a waste of time

Carbon capture could be climate change solution, or a waste of time

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy announced $ 110 million in federal funding for research and development of carbon capture and storage projects. According to DOE, carbon capture and storage technologies, or CCS, are "increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option" for coal- or gas-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. Carbon capture technologies promise to scrub CO2 from the flumes and exhaust pipes of coal and gas plants. The captured carbon can be permanently buried underground or sold for other uses like making fertilizers or boosting oil extraction. The technologies have been tested on small scales, but high costs have prevented wide-scale adoption. While subsidy-free wind and solar power now offer the cheape...
US top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

US top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

Science
The world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.Per head of population the worst offenders are the US, as Americans produce three times the global average of waste, including plastic and food. When it comes to recycling, America again lags behind other countries, only re-using 35% of solid waste. Germany is the most efficient country, recycling 68% of material. Philippines sends tonnes of rubbish back to Canada Glastonbury clean-up under way The study has been compiled by Verisk Maplecroft, a research firm that specialises in global risk, They've developed two new indices, on waste generation and recycling. They've used publically-available ...
Clinical waste 'backlog' pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

Clinical waste 'backlog' pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

Health
Photographs showing bags of clinical waste piled at three health centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media.The images - from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld - showed bags of waste on top of large waste containers.It comes after the collapse of the firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which had previously processed clinical waste across Scotland.NHS Lanarkshire said the waste had since been removed and posed no risk.Following the collapse of HES in December, the Scottish government said contingency plans would ensure clinical waste continued to be disposed of safely.'Waste backed up'NHS National Services Scotland also said "appropriate contingency measures" were in place to process clinical waste a...
Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Science
A year ago, experts warned that the UK could face a mountain of waste plastic as China imposed a ban on waste imports.In recent years, the UK has heavily relied on China to take our unwanted plastic packaging. Three years ago, the UK was exporting half a million tonnes of plastic to China and Hong Kong - accounting for almost two-thirds of all our plastic sent abroad.China introduced its ban on "foreign garbage" as part of a move to upgrade its industries 12 months ago. At the time, the UK recycling industry warned that the decision would be a "game-changer" and that it would be a struggle to deal with the country's waste.Where is that plastic mountain?Well, it hasn't appeared - partly thanks to other countries taking our waste p...