Italy to deploy army to combat illegal waste dumping by mafia

Author: ABC
Source: ABC
Date: 15 January, 2014
The Italian government has agreed to send in the army to fight the mafia, which it blames for illegally dumping tonnes of toxic garbage in an area dubbed the "Triangle of Death". Toxic waste has been buried in Campania province for decades, ever since the local Camorra crime syndicate decided to br...

The world has fresh water, but it’s full of poison

Author: Peter Fisher
Date: 19 December, 2013
Images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines were terribly confronting, vividly conveying what an angry planet can dish up. But amid the destruction and death, an important point was largely missed: the world’s freshwater supplies are being degraded by a seemingly endless sequence of extreme events. ...

E-trash to leap by a third by 2017

Author: AAP
Source: SBS
Date: 16 December, 2013
Electronic and electrical gadgets that have reached the end of their life are expected to jump by a third in volume by 2017, a rise that poses mighty challenges for sorting and recycling, according to figures published on Sunday. By the end of 2017, the total annual volume from refrigerators, TVs, ...

Pics in the bin, Fridgecam and the digital war on waste

Author: Rob Comber
Date: 03 December, 2013
Our awareness of food waste is increasing all the time, yet we continue to throw away vast amounts of produce even when we don’t need to. We are getting tired of being lectured on our habits so its time to start thinking practically about how to change our ways, and digital technologies can pl...

Slime and poo: making energy and treating waste

Author: Christopher Doyle
Source: ABC
Date: 03 December, 2013
THINK OF THE WORD "raceway" and images of fast cars and chequered flags probably spring to mind. But for Associate Professor Tryg Lundquist, an environmental engineer at California State Polytechnic University, the term conjures up a very different image; one of a green algal slurry flowing thro...

Australian waters polluted by harmful tiny plastics

Author: Julia Reisser & Charitha Pattiaratchi
Date: 28 November, 2013
Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONEand data repository Dryad. These small plastic fragments, mostly less than 5mm across, are loaded with pollutants that can negat...

New life discovered growing on plastic waste dubbed the ‘plastisphere’

Author: Penny Orbell
Source: ABC
Date: 13 November, 2013
A whole new group of microscopic creatures has been found growing of the vast amount of discarded plastic floating in the world's oceans. VAST AMOUNTS OF of plastic debris floating in the ocean are supporting new forms of microscopic life and whole new ecosystems. Scientists writing in the jour...

Recycled plastic bags might have medical use

Plastic shopping bags might have a valuable future, first blasted in a furnace at more than 800 degrees Celsius and then possibly turned into materials able to deliver targeted cancer treatments, among other things. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found a way to recycle non-biodegrad...

Toxic waste threatens over 150,000 Australian sites

Author: Rachel Carbonell
Source: ABC News
Date: 17 September, 2013
Australia has more than 150,000 sites that are potentially contaminated with toxic waste, and experts say that only a tiny fraction of them are being cleaned up to remove the risk to human health. Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation, Professor Ra...

E-waste is a ‘global time bomb’

Author: Anna Salleh
Source: ABC News
Date: 17 September, 2013
Urgent action is needed to stop the planet's ever-expanding pile of toxic electronic waste, says an international expert. Professor Ming Wong, director of the Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences, at the Hong Kong Baptist University, made the call today in a key note speech to theClea...