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15th January 2016

Welcome to our Friday Updates! This week we include an inspiring article on how to start 2016 in a much greener way, we include science articles which looks at gravity control to transform the world for the better. We added an important article on what has been termed a “throwaway” society, which fits into the idea if it’s not broke don’t throw it away and if it is try fixing it. Also a fascinating article on coal mining being more likely to be in low income and minority communities as a civil rights problem in America and we also remind ourselves that we as consumers have more power than we think. Have a great weekend and enjoy!

Some tips to make your 2016 greener
U.S to look into coal ash as a civil rights problem
What happens after the bin?
New toilet turns human waste into electricity and fertilizer
How we became a throwaway society
Oil companies in terminal decline

Some tips to make your 2016 greener

2016 is up and running, and like every New Year is good to start with some new purposes! Create a Climate for Peace Campaign prepared for you a list of small actions that will make you have a big impact on the planet’s future. These are actions that everybody can do in everyday life and they will ensure that your 2016 is more sustainable and green. You just need to start… and everything will become easier. Read more here

U.S. to look into coal ash as a civil rights problem

Coal ash — a toxic byproduct of burning coal — is a major environmental problem. But disposal sites for coal ash are more likely to be located in and around low-income and minority communities, a fact that’s prompting a U.S. commission to look into whether coal ash is a civil rights problem, too. Read more here

What happens after the bin?

A lot of us have good intentions. When we’re provided the option to recycle, we toss what we think of as recyclable trash into the appropriate bin, and assume our job is over: Our waste will be recycled, and we’ve done our part. But, as we are about to learn, this isn’t always true. All plastic is not created equal. Some plastic, like the durable #1 PET (also called PETE, and when recycled, rPET), is inherently reusable—it can be melted down and reused again and again without loss of function. And other types of plastics not as easily recycled wind up in landÔ¨Ālls.Read more here

New toilet turns human waste into electricity and fertilizer

Scientists from NanYang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new toilet system that will turn human waste into electricity and fertilizers and also reduce the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90 per cent compared to current toilet systems in Singapore.Dubbed the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet, it has two chambers that separate the liquid and solid wastes. Using vacuum suction technology, such as those used in aircraft lavatories, flushing liquids would now take only 0.2 litres of water while flushing solids require just one litre. Read more here
How we became a throwaway society


How we became a throwaway society Many parts of the world has become what is termed a throwaway society. In society most people have become used to throwing something out and buying a new identical product rather than taking the time to rebuild or fix it if it can be fixed. In a time of constant upgrade in technology if something breaks there is usually a newer model already on the product line and with social pressure and advertisement most will be more than willing to purchase the marketed as better product. Read more here

Oil companies in terminal decline

2015 was a landmark year for climate action. Its many highlights were topped by a Paris agreement where 195 countries set themselves on a low-carbon path via economy-wide plans sure to be developed and strengthened every year. Read more here

 

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