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Morocco trash pickers help fight climate change

Rabat - Pulling carts piled high with plastic bottles or rummaging through unofficial dumpsites, informal trash collectors abound on the streets of Morocco.

'Dustbin' ship takes nuclear waste to Australia from France

Sydney - A ship carrying 25 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste was steaming to Australia on Friday despite protests from activists about an "environmental disaster waiting to happen".

Nuclear waste ship leaves France for Australia

Cherbourg - A ship carrying 25 tonnes of nuclear waste left France for Australia on Thursday despite protests from environmental campaigners who said they were concerned about "deficiencies" in the vessel.

France's Corsica: From 'isle of beauty' to 'isle of trash'

Ajaccio - Corsica, France's lush and feisty Mediterranean "isle of beauty", as it's known, has another nickname, the "scented isle" for its dense fragrant shrubs.

British food recycling cafes go global in fight against waste

London - When former chef Adam Smith opened a small cafe in Britain's post-industrial North two years ago, serving up dishes with food destined for the scrap heap, he had big aspirations -- to fight global food waste.

Lebanese in mass 'You Stink' rally against politicians

Birut - Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services.

Lebanon cabinet fails on trash crisis amid new protests

Birut - Lebanon's cabinet ended an acrimonious meeting on Tuesday with no solution to a trash crisis that has sparked violent protests and calls for the government's resignation.

Lebanon protesters postpone demonstration after violence

Birut - Activists in Lebanon vowed Monday to press ahead with protests over a trash crisis that have become an outlet for deep-rooted, broad-based frustration over political stagnation, corruption, and crumbling infrastructure.

Dozens hurt as Beirut rubbish demos turn on government

Birut - Protesters demanding the Lebanese government resign over its failure to remove uncollected rubbish from the streets clashed on Sunday with police in Beirut for a second day, leaving dozens injured.

Lebanon prime minister 'extends hand' to Beirut trash protesters

Birut - Lebanon's prime minister said Sunday he was ready to meet with members of a growing movement protesting the country's trash crisis, and admitted that "excessive force" had been used against demonstrators.

Trash collection restarts in Beirut after landfill crisis

Birut - Trash collection resumed in Lebanon's capital Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.

Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest

Birut - The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon's largest landfill at a time of political paralysis.

Unused mobile phones are wasting £100 million of gold says report

A study has found that over £100 million worth of gold is being wasted inside unused or broken mobile phones in the UK alone. It suggests that mobile operators should be doing much more to encourage the recycling of old devices.

Cutting back on plastic bag use to protect the environment

The average citizen in Europe throws away 200 plastic bags per year. Most of these are used only once. For this reason, the European Union is seeking to phase out plastic bags from stores.

'Pancake' is the new addictive time-waster to replace Flappy Bird

A new game rising in the App Store could steal Flappy Bird's crown with its simple but incredibly addictive premise of flipping pancakes with the phone to earn points and better pancake toppings.

Human waste on Everest is becoming a major problem

Officials in Nepal have warned that human waste building up on Mount Everest is becoming a major problem that could begin to spread disease on top of the world's highest mountain.

Plastic waste builds up to record volume in the oceans

A new survey has revealed the full extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans. The research estimates more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons are floating through the seas.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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