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Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

Paris - French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it was part of a consortium retained for a major contract in Britain to handle radioactive metallic waste.
In the Media by AFP

Veolia predicts better times and shares surge

Paris - French water and waste services group Veolia reported a net loss of 2013 on Thursday but said it expected better times this year, sending its shares surging.Veolia, a world leader in its sector, reported a net loss of 135 million euros ($184 million) a...
In the Media by Marc Preel (AFP)

Plastic bag recycling available to most Canadians

Toronto - Recycling of plastic carry-out shopping bags is locally available to 93 percent of the Canadian population according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

A third of the world's food goes to waste, U.N. says

A U.N. report published on Wednesday says a whole third of the world's food goes to waste, making it the third major source of greenhouse gas emission behind those of U.S. and China.
In the Media by Dragos Ilca - 4 comments

Plastic ocean junk harbors pathogenic bacteria

Pathogenic bacteria are residing in the masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world's oceans. Scientists have named this ecological hazard the "Plastisphere."
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New method for detecting waste medicines in river water

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf laboratory (HZDR) have developed a simple color sensor which detects the presence of dangerous, polluting waste medicines in water.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

UK garbage industry is worth $4.5 billion

London - One man’s waste is another man’s gold. According to a report by a British government agency the country’s garbage disposal is potentially worth over $4.5 billion.
In the Media by Mark Harradine

Op-Ed: Science research indicates increase in pharmaceutical pollution

A research review suggests that pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are affecting the water quality of rivers and streams, which is also impacting upon aquatic life and water quality.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Serial dumper to pay hefty fines

Sydney - A Sydney man caught dumping waste just outside the city on numerous occasions will need at least 60 years to pay off his fines.
In the Media by Andrew Dyer

Up to half our food ends up in the trash, says new British study

Buy one get one free, often means buy one and bin the other one reports a new British study on food waste from the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers titled Global Food, Waste Not Want Not.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 5 comments

Massachusetts town bans sales of bottled water

Concord - One of the oddest laws in the US that came into force January 1 was a ban on the sale of single serving bottled water by the town of Concord, Massachusetts. The ban is the result of a three-year campaign by activists.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 6 comments

Walgreen fined for mishandling pharmaceutical waste

Walgreen Co.,the largest American drug retailing chain in the United States, has been fined $16.57 million to settle a lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed that more than 600 Walgreen stores illegally dumped hazardous waste.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Giant slugs march on Angers Cathedral in France's Loire Valley

Angers - Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman does not do things by halves, so there was a sense of anticipation when it was revealed that Hofman would be constructing a sculpture in the city of Angers located in Pays de la Loire region in western France.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

They are so good at recycling, Sweden actually imports garbage

That's right, you heard it. Sweden is just so good at recycling, it actually needs to import trash from other European countries to power its waste-to-energy program.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

French Village to hand out free waste disposal units — Chickens

A tiny village in North West France has come up with a novel waste disposal scheme combining cost saving, environmental and social benefits.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon may solve landfill problems

Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 20 comments

Ontario schools divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill

Toronto - 200,000 elementary school students in Ontario helped divert over 25 tonnes of waste from landfill in a single week by lacking waste-free lunches.
In the Media by Andrew Reeves

Wartime fraud costing American taxpayers 'tens of billions'

Washington - A new report shows the US government’s unprecedented use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan has allowed them to commit fraud and then get rehired, over and over, letting them continue profiting from a lack of government oversight.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 7 comments

More recycling initiatives could create 50,000 jobs in UK

Over 50,000 jobs could be created in the United Kingdom if targets for recycling were increased, a new report by Friends of the Earth says.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley - 4 comments

Value of American food waste greater than offshore reserves

New York - A new study suggests that 16 per cent of the total energy used in the U.S. is used in food production and the amount that is thrown away is more valuable than what is available in offshore reserves.
In the Media by Kevin Jess - 15 comments

Waste management challenges at Lilongwe, Malawi Special

Lilongwe - Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi with 670,000 people growing by a rate of 4.3 percent per year, one of the makes fastest growing regions in the country. But with that growth comes major challenges dealing with waste management.
Digital Journal Report by Chancy Namadzunda

FDA lettuce recall - Interested in a safe, healthy alternative? Special

Spring has sprung in my neighborhood and that means garden season has begun. Bunny rabbits and baby robins are feeding in the fresh tilled garden in search of their daily dinner. It also means one FDA vegetable recall after another headed to my in box.
Digital Journal Report by Kim I. Hartman - 1 comment

Santa has a big carbon footprint

Christmas for some is a holiday filled with religious significance. For others it has more of a social spirit attached to it, filled with family time, parties, gift giving and good old-fashioned consumerism. But what impact does it have on the planet?
In the Media by Kevin Jess

Despite Global Shortages, Americans Throw Out More Food Each Year

Famine and malnutrition ravage significant parts of the globe. Not the U.S., though. In America more and more food is being disposed of as waste and ending up in landfills
In the Media by Bob Gordon - 2 comments

Lots of trash talk in Metro Vancouver Special

Trash has been a major point of discussion in Metro Vancouver lately, and that will continue with a series of forums on garbage, recycling, and sustainability from November 18 to November 20 in Coquitlam, Langley, and Vancouver.
Digital Journal Report by Lynne Melcombe - 8 comments

Target Sued For Illegal Dumping

The Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has been sued by California state and local officials in Oakland, California for allegedly dumping hazardous waste in state landfills.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Cdn. Company gets approval to build first waste-to-biofuel plant

Enerkem, a Canada-based biofuel and biochemical producer, has received approval to build a commercial facility to turn municipal waste into biofuels.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 9 comments

Fuel From Banana Waste

Scientists at The University of Nottingham are looking at ways to use banana waste to produce fuel and developing simple methods of producing banana briquettes.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 8 comments

EPA Report Reviews Cruise Ship Discharges

A final national report on cruise ship discharges will help EPA determine whether the existing State of Alaska discharge standards for sewage and graywater from cruise ships operating in Alaskan waters are adequate.
In the Media by Bob Ewing
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