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20.11.30~20.12.06 2020 on track to be one of three warmest years on record | World Meteorological Organization

Geneva, 2 December 2020 (WMO) - Climate change continued its relentless march in 2020, which is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record. 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record, with the warmest six years all being since 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Ocean heat is at record levels and more than...

20.11.09~20.11.15 THE BIDEN PLAN FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency. The Biden Plan will:1. Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no...

20.10.26~20.11.01 Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop “full-scale prototypes that NOAA could ultimately operationalize across its organization”,...

Chinese company to get 100 mln-USD ADB loan for waste-to-energy projects

China's SUS Environment Co., Ltd. on Monday signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of 100 million U.S. dollars. The ADB loan will provide financing for the company's waste-to-energy (WTE) projects located in Taiyuan, the capital city of north China's Shanxi Province... An excerpt from XinhuaNET

£480m joint investment will fund Europe’s largest waste-to-energy plant

Tata Chemicals Europe has announced that it will operate a new energy from waste plant (EFW) at its Lostock manufacturing site in Northwich, Cheshire in a joint venture worth nearly half a billion pounds. It is planned to divert 600,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill and generate enough renewable electricity to reportedly power around 125,000 homes. This will offset...

EU parliament approves ban on single use plastics

European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic products such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world's oceans. The text had already been approved in negotiations with member states and EU officials and it will now be rapidly approved into law. The ban comes into effect from 2021. ... An excerpt from Phys.org

Energia Group agrees €50 million bioenergy contract with Ireland waste firm Panda

Irish energy provider Energia Group has agreed a new €50 million deal with waste and recycling firm Panda to process 70,000 tonnes of organic waste. Waste will be converted into methane-rich biogas, using anaerobic digestion, to generate renewable electricity. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to produce 4.8 Megawatts of electricity per hour, making it one of the largest anaerobic...

Out of the West: Limerick company strikes new French deal

BHSL Hydro, which started out converting poultry manure to energy on the O’Connor farm, has now agreed a new €1.5m deal to sell its technology in France. The deal involves the sale of BHSL Hyrdro’s fluidised bed combustion (FBC) technology to Liger Bioconcept which is a new joint venture between bio-energy company Liger, algae specialist and fertiliser manufacturer Olmix and...

London Tackles Fast Fashion Waste

Londoners have saved over 750,000 items of clothing from landfill in six months, according to textile reuse charity TRAID. The amount of clothes saved so far, TRAID says, amounts to a carbon saving of 2,100 tonnes and a water saving of 353.6 million litres.. Commenting on the project, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said: “The way...

As costs skyrocket, more U.S. cities stop recycling

“U.S. cities have done a great job recycling, but as the (overseas) demand lowers, the value of these materials also decrease,” said Dwayne Archer, assistant public works director for the city of Longview. That equation has forced some cities to rethink their recycling programs. Prompting this reckoning is China, which until January 2018 had been a big buyer of recyclable material...

Lebanon gasification plant shuts down temporarily

Operations shut down Jan. 24 at the award-winning waste-to-energy gasification plant in Lebanon to allow the city to evaluate the plant’s cost-effectiveness. PHG Energy, parent company of Aries Clean Energy, initially said the gasification would divert 8,000 tons of wood and bio-solid waste from the landfill, as well as convert 450 tons of tires into electricity. The plant is the...