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The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the US to get serious about recycling at home

A global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China …

Sustainability

A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Shooting Long Exposure Photos

Here’s a concise beginner’s step-by-step guide on how to capture long exposure photographs.<p><b>1.</b> Frame the composition. Pay extra attention to the edges …

Landscape Photography

Recycling in the United States is in serious trouble. How does it work?

You probably have no idea how recycling works.<p>Most Americans — who recycle nearly 87 million tons of waste each year — likely think that the plastic …

Sustainability

Thailand moves to ban importing e-waste and plastic

In a bid to stop stockpiling garbage in Thailand, the government plans to ban imports of plastic and electronic waste. The environment minister has …

E-waste

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China's crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year.<p>Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping …

E-waste

Thailand Announces Ban on E-waste, Plastic Imports

In an effort to stop amassing garbage in Thailand, the government announced it plans to ban imports of plastic and electronic waste. The initiative …

E-waste

Mark Zuckerberg Is Totally Out of His Depth

I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for the big boys of technology. Jack Dorsey from Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, all those Google nerds: They’re monumentally screwed, because they have no idea how to tame the monsters they have created.<p>The way I see it, these guys -- and …

Mark Zuckerberg

How to Build a Homemade Windmill for Alternative Energy

Build a Homemade Windmill for Alternative Energy<p>Step 1<p>Order your windmill building plans as well as the DC motor. See the Resources section for a …

Windmill

A year after Charlottesville, Washington braces for another white nationalist protest

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Approximately two dozen white nationalists rallied in the nation's capital on Sunday, one year after clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one person dead and elevated racial tensions in America.<p>But they were vastly outnumbered by throngs of counterprotesters.<p>The showing …

Rights & Freedoms

Social Inequality, As Seen From The Sky

Across the world, urban clusters have -- to a greater or lesser extent -- social and economic differences. Reflected in space, these imbalances of …

Equality

Killer whale lets her dead newborn go after carrying body for 17 days

A female killer whale known as J-35 has stopped carrying the body of her newborn calf after 17 days, ending what scientists called "a tour of …

San Juan Island

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.<p>With wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction

Here’s a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? The answer is lithium – …

Electric Vehicles

War On Waste quiz: Test your knowledge of where e-waste goes to die (and why it matters) - Science News - ABC News

Thanks to our increasingly online love affair with gadgets like smartphones and flat screen TVs, electronic waste — also known as e-waste — is …

E-waste

A Controversial Cleanup of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is About to Begin

Experts are worried it'll cause more problems.<p>On September 8, a massive and controversial plastic-cleaning system will be launched into the Pacific …

Pollution

Solving Everest's mounting poop problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> When climbing enthusiasts take a stab at the highest mountain in the world, thinking about their bodily waste is probably low on their list of priorities.<p>This season, porters working on Everest schlepped 28,000 pounds of human waste — the equivalent weight of two fully-grown elephants -- …

Mount Everest

Border guards have 'wide open' rights to search your smartphone, B.C. civil liberties group warns

For anyone preparing for a trip across the Canadian border, a new online guide from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association offers some sobering advice …

Surveillance

This new guide shows you how to protect your smartphone at the U.S.-Canada border

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has released a handbook to help travellers between Canada and the U.S. protect their personal data from being viewed, used or stored by border agencies in either country.<p>At the moment, Meghan McDermott, staff counsel with BCCLA, says border …

Privacy

A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form predictable …

Race & Ethnicity

Philadelphia Is Ending A Major Contract With ICE

Philadelphia is ending a controversial data-sharing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a move seen as a major accomplishment for immigration rights activists who are making a nationwide push to sever ties with the agency.<p>Federal immigration agents have long had access to an arrest …

Immigration

Towards the circular economy - Reports - World Economic Forum

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with …

Sustainability

Grieving Orca Carries Dead Calf for More Than 3 Days: ‘She’s Just Not Letting Go’

Her dead calf resting on her nose, an orca has swum in mourning for more than three days in the Pacific Northwest.<p>The calf died Tuesday morning, half an hour after it was born off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, to a 20-year-old whale called J35. It was the first calf known to have been …

Animals

Bricolage… or the Impossibility of Pollution - e-flux Architecture - e-flux

1<p>This project is described in the Yona Friedman dossier, AP FRIE, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.<p>Go to Text<p>2<p>African Maker …

New Gold Rush: The Jeweler Turning Tech Into Treasure

Ornate coral-motif earrings, sculptural silver hoops, a yellow-gold medallion choker: The jewelry made by up-and-coming British brand Lylie’s is …

E-waste

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can’t Serve

SHANGHAI — The mind-reading headsets won’t read minds. The fire-detecting machine has been declared a safety hazard. The robot waiter can’t be trusted with the soup.<p>China is ready for the future, even if the future hasn’t quite arrived.<p>China has become a global technological force in just a few …

The Brain

Forced Labor Is the Backbone of the World’s Electronics Industry

Poor people around the world are streaming into Malaysia in search of factory work. Once they arrive, they often find only hardship.<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia bills itself as “heaven for foreign companies.” Since the 1970s, the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 5,000 foreign firms from more …

Kuala Lumpur

Tensions Rise As More U.S. Illegals Cross Border Into Canada

The most recent estimates from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other sources indicate that there are over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Over 75 percent of the unlawful population has lived in the U.S. for more than ten years. Since President Trump is cracking down …

Canada's other really dumb power project

The original Muskrat Falls deal was designed to supply the island with low-cost hydro power to replace power generated at the oil-fired Holyrood …

PM Trudeau to address brewing battle with Ontario over rise in asylum seekers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today is set to address the battle brewing between Ottawa and Queen's Park over a recent surge in asylum seekers, one …

Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field

Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind …