Response to climate change

Do you think we need a covid like response to climate change?

PS- We do!

Once the severity of COVID-19 hit the nations, we saw the magnitude of extreme measures such as putting millions of people in lockdown, social distancing and generous financial packages to help prevent a looming recession and help flatten the curve – all in an effort to limit the impact of the virus.

COVID-19 and global climate change are rooted in our failure to separate the cost of human life from profit. Despite that, there is a stark difference between how the governments have responded to both these crises. Continue reading…

EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)

It’s about time EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) Law is considered in the South East Asia.

EPR states that manufacturers should be responsible too for the waste generated from their product, thus will make them cut down on excessive packaging and rethink entire product design.

In the 2017 documentary series Blue Planet II,naturalist David Attenborough issues the world a stark challenge. ‘Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean,’ he says.

In directing our attention to the plastic problem, the series focused close attention on companies originating the materials. Continue reading…

It’s a rock, it’s a pebble, nope; it’s pyroplastic.

These new form of plastic pollutants look exactly like small rocks because of color degradation. Next time, you hit the beach, beware!

National Geographic Discovers New Form of Plastic Pollution. Pieces of plastic that are gray, round, and resembling rocks and pebbles are hiding in plain sight on the beaches of southern England.

ON THE SANDY embayments rimming the southwestern English coastline, beachcombers can find a wide array of stones, from tiny pebbles to hefty paperweights, strewn amidst the flotsam. They’re a rather unremarkable looking bunch; a palette of grays offset with the occasional swirl of color, smooth on their surfaces and rounded at the corners.

But start picking them up and handling them, and you’ll soon discover that some of these seemingly nondescript rocks aren’t rocks at all.

This is pyroplastic—a newly described form of plastic pollution that was transformed by fire. Even geologists are often confounded by its appearance. To Andrew Turner, an environmental scientist at the University of Plymouth who described the substance in a recent paper in Science of the Total Environment, continue reading…

Corona virus is causing a flurry of plastic waste.

We cannot let one crisis give rise to another. Holistic approach in replacement of single use plastic products might hold the key for sustainable development.

Surgical masks, gloves, protective equipment, body bags — the Covid-19 crisis has spurred a rapid expansion in the production of desperately-needed plastic products, with governments racing to boost their stockpiles and regular citizens clamoring for their share of supplies.

Such production is necessary. But all that plastic ends up somewhere — and environmental campaigners fear it is just the tip of a looming iceberg, with the pandemic causing a number of serious challenges to their efforts to reduce plastic pollution.

From people discarding plastic gloves and masks in cities across the world to important regulations on the use of plastic being scrapped, rolled back or delayed, continue reading…

Perfect circularity!

Creating sustainable products is three-quarter of the circle covered, and the final quarter is treating the waste correctly; only then we have a perfect circularity!

With news that companies like Starbucks, Hyatt and Marriott have agreed to ban plastic straws, it’s a fitting time to consider the role of plastic in our daily lives. Plastics are an often overlooked modern wonder – cheap and multipurpose substances that can be fashioned into myriad products.

Drinking straws are just the literal tip of humanity’s plastic addiction. In 2016 global plastic resin production reached nearly 335m metric tons. By some estimates, Continue reading…

World is indeed getting better!

Ozone layer at its smallest ever! May this unintended chemical reaction becomes a purposeful human endeavor.

The annual ozone hole reached its peak extent of 6.3 million square miles (16. 4 million square kilometers) on Sept. 8, and then shrank to less than 3.9 million square miles (10 million square kilometers) for the remainder of September and October, according to NASA and NOAA satellite measurements.

During years with normal weather conditions, the ozone hole typically grows to a maximum area of about 8 million square miles in late September or early October. continue reading…

Nature celebrating it’s own holiday.

Corono virus has touched us humans in an unprecedented manner, and our concern for environment will only grow henceforth!

Levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops as coronavirus impacts work and travel.

Researchers in New York told the BBC their early results showed carbon monoxide mainly from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year. continue reading…

Nature doesn’t create waste, ever!

Agro “Waste” is not a “waste” unless its thrown away.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Italy’s port city of Genoa is making bioplastics from agro-waste. The institute has tied up with the city’s central vegetable market for sourcing raw material.

The use of agro-waste to churn out biodegradable plastics aligns with the concept of a circular economy and may address the crop residue burning in India. continue reading…

The Recycle Anthem

Recycle, Reuse, Less Use, Repeat.

The residents of a remote village on the Japanese island of Shikoku have spent almost two decades reusing, recycling and reducing, united behind a mission to end their dependence on incinerators and landfill as the world struggles to tackle the climate emergency and the plastic waste crisis.

Although Kamikatsu, an hour’s drive from the nearest city, Tokushima, and 370 miles from Tokyo, has not managed to banish waste altogether, continue reading….

Micro Plastic, biggest of small problems.

Micro Plastic, it’s much more than what meets the eye.

Sure – after cracking open that refreshing bottle of chilled mountain spring water you have every intention of throwing it into recycling, right? Sorry to say, but just unscrewing the lid unleashes a dusting of tiny plastic particles, according to new research.

Micro Plastic, it’s much more than what meets the eye.

Sure – after cracking open that refreshing bottle of chilled mountain spring water you have every intention of throwing it into recycling, right? Sorry to say, but just unscrewing the lid unleashes a dusting of tiny plastic particles, according to new research.

Just how much of a dusting depends on a variety of factors, but researchers from the University of Newcastle and Flinders University in Australia, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, … Continue reading