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New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

Technology
New Mexico is suing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the stateBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressMarch 29, 2021, 9:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico sued the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the state, arguing that the project would endanger residents, the environment and the economy.New Jersey-based Holtec International wants to build a complex in southeastern New Mexico where tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants aro...
Climate change: Jet fuel from waste ‘dramatically lowers’ emissions

Climate change: Jet fuel from waste ‘dramatically lowers’ emissions

Science
Getty ImagesA new approach to making jet fuel from food waste has the potential to massively reduce carbon emissions from flying, scientists say.Currently, most of the food scraps that are used for energy around the world are converted into methane gas.But researchers in the US have found a way of turning this waste into a type of paraffin that works in jet engines.The authors of the new study say the fuel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 165% compared to fossil energy.This figure comes from the reduction in carbon emitted from airplanes plus the emissions that are avoided when food waste is diverted from landfill.Six questions about the Cumbria coal controversy'Right to repair' law to come in this summerClimate threats to historic sites identifiedThe aviation industry worldwide is facing ...
China targets overeating, food waste with new draft law

China targets overeating, food waste with new draft law

World
Dec. 23 (UPI) -- China is drafting a law that will ban all media that promote overeating and implement heavy fines against offenders. Any Chinese broadcaster, radio, TV or online, would be prohibited from promoting overeating or other activity that results in large amounts of food waste. The fine is up to $ 15,029, The Guardian reported Wednesday. Advertisement The legislation being deliberated at the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature. Beijing has denounced the large volume of food waste generated annually. Under Xi Jinping, the government has launched a "Clear Your Plate" campaign, encouraging the public to order less food at restaurants, and asking business owners to put up campaign posters, according to Xinhua news agency. Chinese n...
Joe Biden says ‘no time to waste’ as climate team unveiled

Joe Biden says ‘no time to waste’ as climate team unveiled

Science
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Cleanup, waste management aren’t enough to save ecosystems from plastic pollution

Cleanup, waste management aren’t enough to save ecosystems from plastic pollution

Science
Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Even if countries fund massive cleanup efforts and dramatically improve waste management infrastructure, two studies published Thursday in the journal Science suggest it won't be enough to save Earth's ecosystems from plastic pollution. "We simply make too much plastic waste to handle with current waste management infrastructure, and eventually we are going to run out of land to put landfills," ecologist Stephanie Borrelle, research fellow at the University of Toronto, told UPI in an email. Advertisement Plastic pollution is a growing problem for the planet's many ecosystems. From the island reefs and deep sea valleys to polar glaciers and the world's tallest peaks, pieces of plastic, big and small, are showing up everywhere. And it's not just ecosystems. Scientists have...