Reassembling Rubbish

By jlepawsky | A magazine that inquires into what centres of modernism are discarding and reassembling ... or will be.

Restart Podcast Ep 29: Tracing global flows of electronic ‘discards’ with Josh Lepawsky

Download: 47 MB<br>Subscribe: RSS | SoundCloud | iTunes This week we talk to Josh Lepawksy – Associate Professor in Geography at the Memorial University …

Sustainability

London’s fatberg on show: ‘We thought of pickling it’

The Whitechapel Monster, a giant block of grease from the sewers, comes to the Museum of London. Is it a monument to the age of waste?<p>Nobody remembers exactly who coined the word, but it started off as a bit of slang used by the Thames Water “flushers” who work to keep the sewers flowing freely …

England

Design for Disposability

Design is one of the most powerful forces humans have created. Why? Because it influences every single part of our lives — no matter who you are, …

Washington Bill Would Make it Illegal to Sell Electronics That Don’t Have Easily Replaceable Batteries

iPhone CPU throttling controversy is fueling a new round of state-level right to repair legislation.<p>A bill that would make it easier to fix your electronics is rapidly hurtling through the Washington state legislature. The bill’s ascent is fueled by Apple’s iPhone-throttling controversy, which has …

Electronic Arts

January sees 99% reduction in plastic scrap imported to China

Plastic

Restart Radio: How repair informs design with Beeline

Download: 41 MB<br>Subscribe: RSS | SoundCloud | iTunes Today on Restart Radio, Ugo and Neil talk to Charlie Bruce and Tom Putnam from Beeline: a smart …

Startups

Waste Management CEO: Why Waste Is a Great Business to Be In

Being involved in the waste business definitely doesn't stink, if you are an investor in Waste Management (WM) .<p>Shares of Action Alerts Plus holding …

Stocks

Facing public pressure, companies are ditching plastic

After the EU unveiled a high-profile push to rid the continent of plastic waste, now companies like McDonald's, Costa and Evian are announcing their …

Sustainability

Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely …

EU unveils plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030

The EU wants to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reduce single-use plastic and restrict microplastics. The plan would "lay the foundations for …

No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore

A once-virtuous cycle is breaking down. What now?<p>For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. In a virtuous and profitable cycle, a global network of traders would collect these garments, grade them, and transport them around …

Delhi

China's bold proposal to zap space junk from Earth's orbit with lasers

Since 1957, humans have been polluting the Earth’s orbit with bits of debris, known as space junk. There are currently around 20,000 fragments of …

Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in oceans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is making the world's oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show.<p>The lower oxygen levels are making marine life far more vulnerable, the researchers said. Oxygen is crucial for nearly all life in the oceans, …

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

Apple facing lawsuits for slowing down older iPhones

<b>Several class action lawsuits have been taken out against Apple in the wake of revelations that the company intentionally slows down older iPhones,</b> …

Astronauts Have Identified Unknown Microbes in Space For The First Time

No aliens... yet.<p>Wheresoe'er humans roam, there you will also find microbes. It's just a fact of life - we contaminate everything we touch.<p>Which …

Rubbish already building up at UK recycling plants due to China import ban

Plastic that would have been imported to China will cause chaos for councils as it mounts up, warn industry experts<p>A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government is already causing a build up of rubbish at recycling plants around the UK and will bring chaos for …

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana’s toxic dump

Joseph Awuah-Darko sits on a stool at one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps, watching polystyrene and insulation cables burn on the …

Apple offers cheaper iPhone battery replacement after slowdown controversy

Starting in January, battery replacement will cost $35 instead of $99 for iPhone 6 or later<p>Apple apologized for secretly slowing down older iPhones, …

World’s largest plastics plant rings alarm bells on Texas coast

Communities voice fears of impact that new facility on farmland just north of Corpus Christi will have on environment<p>Donald Trump’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in May will perhaps be best remembered by his participation in an all-male sword dance where he awkwardly waved a ceremonial blade in step …

Want a used ferry? Opening bids start at $5,000 for Queen of Burnaby

B.C. Ferries is auctioning off the 1965 ferry with sale to the highest bidder<p>After more than 50 years of service and BC Ferries has pulled the Queen …

Tesco: No edible food will go to waste by February 2018

<b>No food fit for human consumption will be wasted by Tesco's UK stores by the end of February, the retail giant says.</b><p>Chief executive Dave Lewis told the Daily Telegraph food waste had been "talked about for years" as he unveiled the plans for all 2,654 stores.<p>Urging other chains to follow suit, he …

Agriculture

Reading about the "smart card" reader designed for the minitel in 1987 is fascinating. https://t.co/3Q9gLXbUWi

Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China - enters human food

OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.<p>Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, …

China no longer willing to be a dumping ground for US waste - Opinion

There have been many stories in US news media lately about how China's ban on foreign waste has caused recycling chaos in their country.<p>A National …

Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns

<b>The UK's most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea.</b><p>Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication.<p>He said …

James Buchanan

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste, and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, after loading up their Prius and …

China’s Blow to Recycling Boosts U.S.’s $185 Billion Plastic Bet

China is upending the global plastics market.<p>The world’s biggest user of scrap has stopped accepting shiploads of other countries’ plastic trash as …

Pollution

Youtube promises 10,000 workers to tackle disturbing content

Company also promises 'aggressive action on comments' including closing comments altogether<p>YouTube has developed automated software to identify …