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Recycling in America: In the bin

Wed, 2015-04-22 17:25
TO PLACATE shareholders and shoppers, American companies are promising to use more recycled materials in their products. It’s a nice idea, but surprisingly hard to achieve. Coca-Cola committed to using at least 25% recycled plastic in its containers by 2015, but revised this downwards owing to scarce supply and high costs. Walmart is struggling to find the material to meet its goal to use 3 billion pounds of recycled plastic in its packaging and products by 2020. “The problem is supply,” explains Rob Kaplan of Walmart.Most recycled materials should be cheaper than virgin commodities, but America throws too much stuff away. Low landfill fees and a fragmented waste-management system have kept the country’s recycling rate at around 34% for two decades—far lower than most rich countries. This waste comes at a cost. Making cans from recycled aluminium, the most valuable container material, requires 95% less energy and creates 90% less greenhouse-gas emissions than virgin stock, yet more than 40 billion aluminium cans hit America's landfills every year. The country chucks away $11.4 billion worth of recyclable containers and packaging annually, according to As You Sow, an advocacy group.Part of the problem is that America’s approach to waste is a mess of incompatible local systems. Around 9,800 different municipal recycling plans operate around the country, and they all ...<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>

Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:52
So-called flow batteries can provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.

Homes Try to Reach Smart Switch

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:52
As technology advances, smart homes face challenges of adoption and economics while the impact on energy consumption remains uncertain.

Troubling Interdependency of Water and Power

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:52
As the climate changes and populations grow, resource managers and environmental advocates warn that scarcity of either water or power could mean shortages and rising costs of both.

New-energy cars power up Shanghai auto show

Tue, 2015-04-21 02:14
New-energy vehicles are the highlight of the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, also known as Auto Shanghai 2015.

Safety Regulations Issued for Trains Carrying Oil

Fri, 2015-04-17 19:53
The new Transportation Department rules include a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas.

China makes progress in fulfilling commitment on carbon emissions

Fri, 2015-04-17 05:02
China is making concrete progress in fulfilling its pledge to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 at the latest with its economy expanding at around 7 percent, experts on climate change said here Thursday.

Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases

Thu, 2015-04-16 05:00
President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, the beginning of what is expected to be a multiyear legal battle over the policy.

Veteran official back as climate negotiator

Mon, 2015-04-13 19:51
Beijing has taken a smart decision by retaining a "retired" minister as China's climate change representative.