9 Deep-Sea Drones That Will Soon Explore the Ocean Floor. WM10019FU1. StillFly: the newest weapon in the fight against illegal waste dumping. This article was taken from the May 2012 issue of Wired magazine.
Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. Buffeted by gusts of wind, we are flying high over Naples' business district, in the Campania region of Italy. We can see the whole area, even directly below us, through a pair of 3D video goggles. The aircraft in which Wired has just "flown" is the StillFly, a drone designed to beat eco criminals on their own turf. Massimiliano Lega, who devised and built it at the Parthenope University of Naples, says with undisguised pride: "We can get inside the pollution and map in 3D in real time.
Drones have been used for military purposes as far back as the first world war, but are only now coming into their own. StillFly: the newest weapon in the fight against illegal waste dumping. Europol OrgCrimeReport web final 0. Smart streets: How the Internet of Things is revolutionising waste. Across the world, half of humanity (over 3.4 billion people) lives in cities, and the UN estimates that by 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.
This rampant urbanisation is putting lots of pressure on water, resources, the living environment and, of course, public health, as cities take up just three per cent of the earth’s land, but account for 60-80 per cent of its energy consumption, 75 per cent of its carbon emissions and a great deal of its waste generation. That’s why the UN has made making cities more resilient and sustainable one of its Sustainable Development Goals. One way of doing this is using digital systems to make better use of resources. Queensland's waste collection of the future to suck rubbish underground. The areas soon to be demolished for Brisbane's Queens Wharf resort along George St and the South Brisbane peninsula could go wheelie-bin free and tap into a "revolution in Australia's waste collection" services.
Envac, the Swedish company soon to build an automatic, underground recycling system on 52 hectares in Maroochydore, said its system "would revolutionise" old fashioned waste collection in Australia. This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Caption Settings Dialog Beginning of dialog window. Missing teacher's husband to be extradited Underground pipes replace bins An automated waste collection system uses underground pipes and air to push rubbish at up to 70km/hr. Prevention measures could reduce coffee cup waste by 300m per year, says study.
Simple steps like charges and environmental messaging could reduce the use of disposable coffee cups by 50 to 300 million per year, according to new research aimed at finding ways of reducing coffee cup waste.
The issue of coffee cup waste was brought into the spotlight by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as part of Hugh’s War on Waste, and the Environmental Audit Committee announcing an inquiry into the matter. Several recent initiatives have trialled ways of recycling single use coffee cups, but this study is looking further up the waste hierarchy, focusing on reducing waste generation through reusable cups. The research, commissioned by coffee manufacturer Bewley’s and conducted by Cardiff University between September and December 2016, tested a series of measures to increase the use of reusable cups. The study was conducted across 12 business and university café sites. Combining measures most effective approach Difficult to recycle. POST PN 0547. CIWM February 2016 Fight or Fly Tip John Galvin part 1.
13 Futuristic Trash and Recycle Bin Designs. These aren’t your average trashcans!
Believe it or not, trash and recycle bin design has come a long way. Although most of us probably still use the basic cylindrical waste basket design used for decades, there are plenty of other options out there. From recycle bins with full-fledge built-in computers to garbage cans with onboard vacuum cleaners, garbage bins now feature technology we would’ve never imagined 20 years ago. Mapping and communication. Marine litter predictive mapping. Robotic recycling – a glimpse of the future? - letsrecycle.com.
Cheerleaders for the circular economy claim that enhanced recycling and reuse of products can create thousands of jobs around the UK and Europe, many of those in the sorting and separation of waste for recovery.
However, as the technology around waste management and recycling becomes more sophisticated, does this reduce the employment opportunities in the waste sector? Helsinki – home of ZenRobotics, which is developing robots capable of sorting waste for recycling Last month letsrecycle.com visited ZenRobotics a Finnish company developing cutting-edge technology targeted specifically at the waste sector. The Helsinki-based tech company, which began as a research project backed by the University of Helsinki, under the guidance of software developer Tuomas Lukka, develops robots for the sorting of waste and recycling.
To date the company has exported robotic sorting systems to nine facilities worldwide, including in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, USA and Japan. Beginnings System. Imagine 2050. Weak Regulation Is A Major Cause Of £600m pa Waste Crime Cost - CIWM Journal OnlineCIWM Journal Online. Waste crime in England is costing the legitimate waste industry and the taxpayer more than £600m a year, equivalent to building 34 new secondary schools or paying for 4,137 NHS hospital beds per year, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association, published yesterday (2 May).
Supported by the “Right Waste Right Place” campaign, and written by environmental consultancy Eunomia, the report – “Rethinking Waste Crime” (click here to view the report) – reveals just how big an issue waste crime has become. The research shows the waste sector, which adds £6.6 billion of value to the UK economy, has changed beyond all recognition in the last two decades and regulation has not kept up. A new waste management system that allows society to use waste as a resource for recycling and recovery has opened up gaps that can be exploited.
China spells out illegal waste strategy. A news release from General Administration of Customs (GAC) says: “The GAC, in collaboration with the environmental protection department, police and AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine – see below), will carry a joint action from 1 March-30 November with the aim of strengthening their supervision and severely cracking down on all illegal activities with regards to foreign waste.”
It adds that a task force from the four departments will make “strenuous efforts” in the supervision of imported solid waste from shipments, customs checks and the final destination of the material for recycling. The GAC said the task force would: The task force will target the smuggling of foreign waste (industrial, electronics, household and plastic) and co-operate with international law enforcement channels to “strengthen the intelligence on foreign waste streams”. A single, small incident could trigger much bigger issues for all of our shipmentsDavid Chiao BIR. Moment bikers use tracking app to confront men ripping apart stolen motorcycle. This is the moment bikers and police confront a group of men in a backyard in south London after a tracker led them to a stolen motorcycle.
The £1,700 bike had been locked in a parking bay in Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea, when it was swiped on the afternoon of Friday, May 26. The victim discovered it had been stolen after returning from lunch, immediately checking the tracker and discovering it had been taken to a location a little over a mile away, in Heath Road. He promptly headed down there, but not before alerting a group of around 15 fellow bikers who were quick to join him. The delivery driver, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Standard: "I called up friends from everywhere, they are all bike owners, and we headed down there at about 5.30pm. I called the police just before arriving. "There were about six people just standing about, and one guy with a spanner pulling apart my bike.
Gauteng Traffic Police adopt high-tech crime-fighting through Namola App. The Gauteng Traffic Police have joined the Tshwane Metro Police Department in using technology to fight crime after adopting the Namola app.
Namola was first piloted in the City of Tshwane in February 2015, when the city partnered with Huawei and Ever Africa, a company co-founded by former Project Iziswe head, Alan Knott-Craig Junior. The app was designed by Happimo, a non-profit organisation, to be inclusive and is accessible to anybody with a GPS-enabled smartphone. A press of a button dispatches the nearest emergency responders to the citizen’s GPS coordinates and has been shown to be 11 times faster than conventional systems. Recycling International - recycling magazine for professionals by professionals. February 16, 2017 by Ian Martin Asia: China's customs and excise department will launch a one-year campaign under the banner 'National Sword 2017' to crack down on smuggling.
This will focus on 'foreign waste' as well as agricultural products, resource products, tax-related goods, drugs, guns and other illegal smuggling activities, according to a report carried by the Xinhua news agency and relayed to its members by the BIR world recycling organisation. Alternatives for Future Waste Management in Denmark. The TOPWASTE project has addressed the challenges of planning robust solutions for future waste management.
The purpose was to identify economic and environmentally optimal solutions ‐ taking into account different scenarios for the development of the surrounding systems, such as the energy system. During the project, four decision support tools were developed:1. CrimeRadar app uses advanced machine learning to predict crime rates. CrimeRadar It may sound like something from the Minority Report, but this app can predict where crimes will take place. The software, called CrimeRadar, has just launched its prototype in the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro. The app uses advanced machine learning to predict crime rates in the city's neighbourhoods at different times of the day and night. The Olympic Games have, arguably, exposed crime levels in Rio de Janeiro to a wider audience. Change food waste policy, urge MPs.
The conclusions of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee came following a series of reports from other select committees before Parliament is prorogued ahead of the General Election. The Environmental Audit Committee, for example, called on the Government to provide certainty to the UK chemicals industry over the future of chemicals regulation.
The Efra report notes that food waste costs the average person in the UK £200 a year, and the MPs say a national food waste reduction target would help tackle the problem. Efra also believes that all supermarkets should follow the lead of Tesco and Sainsbury’s which publicly report data on the amount of food they throw out. Neil Parish Committee chair Neil Parish (pictured) said food waste was wrong on economic, social and environmental grounds. “Economically, food waste costs households hundreds of pounds a year and causes increased disposal costs to local authorities, pushing up council tax bills. Rural businesses putting themselves at risk of waste crime through law ignorance. Half of rural businesses are putting themselves at risk of prosecution for waste crimes because of a ‘fundamental lack of understanding of key legislation’, according to new research. The ‘right Waste, right Place’ (rWrP) campaign this week published new research that suggests many agricultural businesses are unwittingly putting themselves at risk of legal action, for failing to comply with waste management regulations in accordance with ‘Duty of Care’ law.
The research found that the primary reason businesses were not complying was a simple lack of awareness of the legislation and how it applies to them. According to the Duty of Care, all businesses are required to ensure that their waste is legally disposed of, with those failing to comply running the risk of being hit with an unlimited fine in England and Wales and up to £5,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Government warned of Brexit threat to waste industry. The House of Lords’ EU energy and environment sub-committee has published a report, Brexit: environment and climate change, which analyses what the Government must do to ensure environmental protections are not eroded.
Stephen Jones' Keynote. Waste Crime - Waste Risks Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge: A Rapid Response Assessment. Marine and coastal satellite services to track environmental crime activities (MASTREC) MASTREC is a collaborative, international project aimed at promoting an innovative use of Earth Observation products as an efficient intelligence and surveillance tool to support effective coordination of law enforcement actions for environmental crime. It uses combined data from Automatic Information Systems (AIS), satellite, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and optical images to detect and report criminal activities in the environmental sphere.
This project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). Objectives · Promote the innovative use of Earth Observation products as an efficient surveillance and intelligence tool for a rapid and efficient response to environmental crime; · Support intelligence reports for law enforcement agencies. Focus. Environmental Crime Waste Traffic - iPhone app. (Working Title) CrimFish.
Combatting Criminal Fisheries in the SIDS (CrimFish) Pirate fishing (fisheries theft or poaching) by nationals of one country in another country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is a growing worldwide concern as it challenges local fisheries’ management efforts, depletes already overfished fisheries, and has been recognized as a major threat to marine biodiversity.
Pirate fishing is a particularly important issue for marine resource management in the SIDS, with their economy heavily dependent on fisheries. Apsrg sustainableskillsreport. The future of waste disposal management. What Is The Future of Waste Management. Monday, August 1st, 2016. Waste management 2030+ « Recycling « Waste Management World. The future of waste: five things to look for by 2025.