The Plastic Bank - Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Thank you for helping us reach our goal. Our first campaign is over but another one will be coming soon. Please go to to join the Social Plastic movement. We are Leading the Social Plastic Movement! When we reveal value in plastic, it becomes too valuable to throw away and too valuable to leave sitting on a beach or in the ocean. We are proudly leading the Social Plastic movement and we invite you to join the movement with your contributions. Our Solution to Reduce Poverty & Waste Plastic World Wide The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic repurposing centers around the world, where there’s an abundance of both waste plastic and poverty. We are helping people ascend from poverty by rewarding them for removing plastic waste from the land, oceans and waterways. With your help people in need around the world will have the opportunity to collect enough plastic waste to ascend from poverty. Did We Mention We Can Recycle ANY Kind of Mixed Plastic Simply put. Dr. Dr.
Myths and Mining: The reality of resource governance in Africa | Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) There are two economic realities on the African continent today. You will find the first one in World Bank, IMF and Africa Development Bank reports – and in articles across the globe about ‘Africa Rising’. This reality depicts Africa as a continent that is forging ahead – onwards and upwards. The second reality depicts Africa as the world’s poorest continent, where the majority of people live with no access to clean water, decent health care, education and electricity, and struggle to survive in the face of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Unsurprisingly, many people are asking how there can be two such conflicting realities. The extraction of Africa’s minerals by Africans started long before colonialism and even before the slave trade. The extraction took another form when the Arabs began trading in mineral resources, such copper and gold, in addition to their existing slave and ivory trading. Indeed, only one sector was spared the axe – the mining sector.
Plastic2oil - Converting Plastic to Oil Treehugger - From trash to treasure: Could non-recycled plastic be turned into a low-carbon fuel? As part of our efforts to diversify our energy sources, it's great to see the surge in interest and development of renewable energies such as solar and wind power, and innovations in tidal and wave power, but to really be able to reduce our use of fossil fuels, we might need to also explore some of our other options, such as using materials extracted from our waste streams as fuel. One emerging technology is working toward converting some of the non-marketable post-consumer plastics into a solid low-carbon fuel. While recycling of some plastics back into other materials makes sense for closing the loop on plastics a bit, until we can divert all recyclables from the waste stream, using some of it as an alternative fuel may be yet another way we can diversify our energy sources. "Although recycling rates have increased over the last few decades, more than 50% of our waste still ends up in landfills.
Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years’ effort by The University of Newcastle, the chemical company Orica, and GreenMag Group, the groundbreaking new facility could close carbon loops and divert the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. When it comes to global warming, human beings are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The plant will be located at The University of Newcastle, and Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is expected to spend $9 million over a period of four years to establish the facility. “So this would enable, not just us as a company, but all the coal fired power stations around the world to be retrofitted so they can capture their CO2 off-take. Other applications include utilizing the rock for street pavement and green construction. + The University of Newcastle Via ABC News Australia Images via The University of Newcastle
Instructables - Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap Hello dear friends! As some of my followers already know, I live in Bologna (Italy), in the heart of Po river Valley. This area is known as the wettest one of Italy. These factors result in very hot temperatures in summer, very cold ones in winter, an incredibly thick fog but, mostly, giant and aggressive mosquitoes. There is a city, Comacchio (only 55 miles from Bologna), that is known as the "Mosquitoes Town". Obviously is nothing tropical, but it's very annoying! It's really difficult to enjoy summer evenings without using pesticides, sprays or other stinky poisons. While mosquitoes are useful for the ecosystem (did you know that mosquitoes are the main cocoa plants pollinators? In this Instructable, I want to show you an all natural and potentially free way to create an efficent mosquito trap with little more than a plastic bottle! Why potentially free? Ready? Let's start with our shopping list.
Platified - Recyclage plastique Plastified.org from Sam Guillemette on Vimeo. Plastified.org propose des outils en libre partage servant à transformer, à l’échelle locale, du plastique rescapé du flux de la collecte sélective pour en faire du filament utilisable dans une imprimante 3D personnelle, appareil de plus en plus accessible. Cette hyperdémocratisation de la technologie 3D est au cœur du projet qui veut en réduire l’impact environnemental potentiellement très grand. Le plastique étant déjà un fardeau pour les infrastructures de gestion des déchets du monde entier, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de faire entrer dans nos foyers des machines qui augmenteront considérablement notre consommation de plastique et par le fait même, nos déchets. Ce site met donc à la disposition de tous le processus de fabrication d’une déchiqueteuse à plastique ainsi que d’une extrudeuse à filament pour imprimante 3D. Cette plateforme web permet aux futurs utilisateurs de nourrir et améliorer le projet suite à leurs expériences.
Waste seashells can solve waste water problem Shells offer a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ waste water. The thousands of tonnes of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector could be put to use by our Department of Chemical Engineering in a new waste water cleaning project. Dr Darrell Patterson used waste mussel shells to create a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ waste water, which could be used to remove unwanted substances like hormones, pharmaceuticals or fertilisers. Traditional wastewater treatment broadly takes three stages. Waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector are being put to use for cleaning waste water. Finally a tertiary treatment is used to further improve the quality of the water before it is released. This process normally uses titanium dioxide which is expensive. “Shells are a calcium rich resource that can be used to produce calcium oxide (lime). If you enjoyed this, you might also like:
Humanosphere.info - Transformer 1kg de plastique en 1 litre de pétrole Japon – Plastique : Une société japonaise a créé une machine qui transforme des sacs en plastique en pétrole brut. Comment? En inversant le processus. Car si du pétrole peut fabriquer des sacs… le contraire est possible aussi. … Que l’invention de Monsieur Akinori Ito de chez Blest corporation , peut transformer 1 kg de plastique en 1 litre de pétrole de manière beaucoup plus propre. Le procédé chauffe le plastique dans un lieu complètement étanche. Mieux! En savoir plus >>> Clic Clic Clic (Cela fait plusieurs fois que je réédite… mais si cette machine fonctionne… on peut vider les océans des déchets de plastique!!!!) transformer du plastique en petrole par alpharomano WordPress: J'aime chargement…
precious plastic - Recycled Plastic tools Vast freshwater reserves found beneath the oceans -- ScienceDaily Dec. 8, 2013 — Scientists have discovered huge reserves of freshwater beneath the oceans kilometres out to sea, providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global water crisis. A new study, published December 5 in the international scientific journal Nature, reveals that an estimated half a million cubic kilometres of low-salinity water are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world. The water, which could perhaps be used to eke out supplies to the world's burgeoning coastal cities, has been located off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. "The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we've extracted from the Earth's sub-surface in the past century since 1900," says lead author Dr Vincent Post (pictured) of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and the School of the Environment at Flinders University. "Freshwater under the seabed is much less salty than seawater," Dr Post says.
Une larve dévoreuse de plastique, nouvel espoir pour l'environnement La découverte d'une larve capable de dévorer le polyéthylène, l'une des matières plastiques les plus résistantes, utilisées dans de nombreux emballages, offre la perspective de bio-dégrader rapidement ce polluant qui s'accumule dans l'environnement, notamment les océans. "Les déchets plastiques sont un problème environnemental mondial, surtout le polyéthylène, particulièrement résistant et qui est très difficilement dégradable naturellement", explique Federica Bertocchini, une chercheuse au Centre espagnol de la recherche nationale (CSIC), auteure de la découverte de cette larve de la fausse teigne de la cire (Galleria mellonella), un papillon très répandu. Cette larve, élevée commercialement en grand nombre pour servir d'appât pour la pêche, est à l'état sauvage un parasite des ruches qui se niche dans la cire d'abeilles, partout en Europe. "Extrêmement rapide" Extrait de la revue Current Biology 400 ans dans la nature
Carbon tax shoots itself in the foot | Business Sasol recently appeared before Parliament to argue against a proposed carbon tax. Many shrugged this off as just another protest by an oil company — “They would, wouldn’t they?” Perhaps it was a wrong reaction. The treasury hopes that the proposed tax will curb our carbon emissions. The treasury argues that emissions are associated with external costs, and that to ensure correct pricing, external costs have to be taken into account. The answer is “No!” The second question is whether the economic theory works for greenhouse gases: there does not appear to be evidence to suggest this if treasury’s argument is carefully evaluated. Treasury supports its case The treasury quotes a number of examples in support of its case: • The European Union emission trading scheme is said to cover about 45% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. • “Carbon taxes are highest in Sweden ($41 per tonne of CO2).” • “Denmark … grants a 50% refund on the tax applied to the use of steam coal by industry.