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Tag: Recycling

A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful.  

TED: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances …

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TED: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they’re used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic …

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Stockholm Resilience Centre: Lorenzo Fioramonti on the need for a horizontal economy in Africa

This lecture focused on “Opportunities for creating a Good Anthropocene in southern Africa”. It stimulated thinking and action around shaping a positive future for the region that simultaneously meets ecological sustainability imperatives as well as pressing needs for human development and social justice. Dr. Lorenzo Fioramonti represents the Centre for Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria. …

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ESA: Space Station life support

Published on Apr 21, 2014 Nathalie Leys from ESA’s Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative team introduces life-support research. For exploring our Solar System, it would be ideal if we could take Earth’s ecosystem along with us to provide the environment we need to survive and feel comfortable in the harsh vacuum of space. Obviously, this …

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