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Recycling and Waste News
December 8, 2019

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Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ... read more

An India-Pakistan Nuclear War Could Kill Millions, Threaten Global Starvation

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people -- more than the death toll during all ... read more

Lack of Reporting on Phosphorus Supply Chain Dangerous for Global Food Security

A new study shows that while Phosphorus is a key element to global food security, its supply chain is a black box. This can lead to social, political ... read more

Reactor Turns Greenhouse Gas Into Pure Liquid Fuel

An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. The scientists behind the invention hope it will become an ... read more
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Recycling Nutrient-Rich Industrial Waste Products Enhances Soil, Reduces Carbon

Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop ... read more

How Tiny Enzymes Reign Supreme in Worldwide Carbon Recycling

That white rot fungi on fallen logs in a forest, it's super ... read more

Researchers Design an Improved Pathway to Carbon-Neutral Plastics

Researchers have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral ... read more

As an alternative to government-issued money, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin offers relative anonymity, no sales tax and freedom from bank and government interference. But some people argue that these ... read more

Get Over It? When It Comes to Recycled Water, Consumers Won't

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it's perfectly safe and tastes as good -- or better -- than their drinking water. They may even agree it's an answer to the ... read more

Novel Direct Thermal Charging Cell Converts Low-Grade Waste Heat to Usable Electricity

Engineers can now efficiently convert heat into electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy ... read more

New, Slippery Toilet Coating Provides Cleaner Flushing, Saves Water

Researchers have developed a method that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet, which usually requires 6 ... read more

Micro-Rubber in the Environment

The tread on the tire is worn out, new tires are needed. Everyday life for many drivers. But where do these lost centimeters of tire tread 'disappear' to? As micro-rubbers, they mainly end ... read more

How Everyday Products Are Supercharging Landfill Gas, and What That Means

Synthetic compounds increasingly used in everyday products like shampoo and motor oil are finding their way into landfills and supercharging the biogas those landfills produce, researchers have ... read more

Turning (More) Fat and Sewage Into Natural Gas

Researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into natural ... read more

Urban Development Reduces Flash Flooding Chances in Arid Western US

Urban development in the eastern United States results in an increase in flash flooding in nearby streams, but in the arid West, urbanization has just the opposite effect, according to a researcher, ... read more

Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation

A research collaboration has achieved exaflop performance with a deep learning application used to model subsurface flow in the study of nuclear waste ... read more

New Catalyst Efficiently Produces Hydrogen from Seawater

Seawater is one of the most abundant resources on earth, offering promise both as a source of hydrogen and of drinking water in arid climates. Now researchers have reported a significant breakthrough ... read more

Simulated Sunlight Reveals How 98% of Plastics at Sea Go Missing Each Year

A new study helps to solve the mystery of missing plastic fragments at sea. Scientists selected microplastics prevalently found on the ocean surface and irradiated them with a solar simulator system. ... read more

Geoscientists Hope to Make Induced Earthquakes Predictable

Geoscientists have created a model to forecast induced earthquake activity from the disposal of wastewater after oil and gas ... read more

UK Needs to Act to Prevent Electric Vehicle Battery Waste Mountain

Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the ... read more

Adhesive Which Debonds in Magnetic Field Could Reduce Landfill Waste

Researchers have developed a glue which can unstick when placed in a magnetic field, meaning products otherwise destined for landfill, could now be dismantled and recycled at the end of their ... read more

Food Waste in Tourism Is a Bigger Issue Than Previously Thought

There are major gaps in how food waste in tourism is understood and calculated, according to researchers. Food waste originating from hotels, restaurants and events is recognized and can be estimated ... read more

Oil and Gas Wastewater Used for Irrigation May Suppress Plant Immune Systems

A new study gives pause to the idea of using oil and gas wastewater for irrigation. The team conducted a greenhouse study using produced water to irrigate common wheat crops. Their study showed that ... read more

Microrobots Clean Up Radioactive Waste

According to some experts, nuclear power holds great promise for meeting the world's growing energy demands without generating greenhouse gases. But scientists need to find a way to remove ... read more

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