Energy

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

We Need to Shift to A Circular Economy Model

Our myopic focus on producing and consuming as cheaply as possible has created a linear economy in which objects are briefly used and then discarded as waste.

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has seen some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world, and plastic production has boomed alongside it while waste management lags.

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

China's ban on plastic scrap and waste imports has unveiled the hidden dynamics of the global plastic waste trade. The world has discovered that plastics collected for recycling are actually being exported with scarce control or care for their real destiny.

Why Methane Matters

Why Methane Matters

Landfills are a top source of methane emissions, releasing 12 percent of the world’s total. Landfill methane can be tapped, captured, and used as a fairly clean energy source for generating electricity or heat, rather than leaking into the air or being dispersed as waste.

Renewables Improve Human Welfare in Ways Not Captured by GDP

Renewables Improve Human Welfare in Ways Not Captured by GDP

According to IRENA, increased use of renewable energy could prove decisive for the world to meet key climate goals by 2050. Renewables already make up more than half of newly installed power-generation capacity. Yet their overall share in the energy mix needs to grow six times faster.

Who Wastes Most Food?

Who Wastes Most Food?

There are a lot of ways to think about food waste. The issue is complex, and effective reduction efforts require a coordinated response involving effective policies and technologies.

What Can Your Food Waste Power?

What Can Your Food Waste Power?

Considering that 795 million people around the world go hungry on any given day, it is shocking that many of us throw away food on a daily basis.

Water Crisis: The Problem and Our Solution

Water Crisis: The Problem and Our Solution

Despite limited availability of freshwater for human use (availability estimated at a worldwide total of 4,200 cubic kilometres), withdrawals continue to increase globally. By 2030, without a substantial improvement in water management, this figure could be close to 7,000 cubic kilometres.

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The move was an effort to halt a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities and leaving the country with yet another environmental problem — and this one not of its own making.

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Never Discount Your Role in Fighting Against Climate Change

Given the dismal reality, it can be tempting to throw our hands up and assume we can’t do anything to improve the situation. But that’s where we’re wrong.