Every year, 90 billion tonnes of primary materials on average are extracted and used globally, with less than 10% being recycled. This is commercially unsustainable and it can cause significant detrimental impacts on the environment. The circular economy of waste supports the development of new industries and jobs, reduces emissions, and can increase the efficient use of natural resources including energy, water, and other materials.
The ocean ecosystem is an enormous economic asset and source of livelihood for many people across the globe. Hundreds of millions of people work in mariculture ports, tourism, shipping, offshore energy, and cosmetics, among many other sub-economies supported by the ocean (Stuchtey et al., 2020). Data shows that 90% of the world’s goods are traded across the ocean (Sumaila et al., 2020).
Climate change is caused by human activities that result in the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Thus, climate change is caused by greenhouse gas accumulation (Hornsey & Fielding, 2020). Although the most cited cause of climate change includes human activities involving burning fossil fuels and deforestation, waste adversely impacts climate change.
The material recirculation and a move towards recycling with high quality are critical to developing a circular economy; systemic adjustments along value chains are also considered necessary, fundamentally altering production and consumption patterns (Laouar et al., 2019).
The threats that climate change poses for mankind but also for all life on this planet are more real today than ever. To warn against these is not alarmism, but sensible. Deforestation not only turns large forests from important CO2 sinks into CO2 emitters, but it also changes the global water cycle and leads to … Continue reading Threats
Nuclear energy, like all industries and energy-producing systems, generates waste products. Nuclear waste is divided into three categories based on its radioactivity: low-level, intermediate-level, and high-level. Only highly contaminated objects, such as tools and work apparel, make up the great majority of the waste (90 per cent of total volume) yet contain only 1% of the total radioactivity.
Nowadays Circular Economy is mostly linked to anything, at the centre of many international debates, but what is it specifically?
Despite our actual Linear Economy, where production systems end with the disposal of dangerous waste, a Circular Economy aims to reduce most of the waste, converting it into an available resource that can be reused as secondary raw material in the production process. Every product or output, from the moment it is manufactured to the moment of its actual use, is optimized until the end of its life cycle. In this way, it is possible to recover and reuse all (or almost) the waste material as a starting point in another production chain.
4 weeks before COP26 in Glasgow. The belief that the world leaders will actually act has long vanished. But one thought comes up. Would it not be great if the climate crisis would be solved by an alliance of people, institutions and companies, that are willing to take actual steps toward a carbon-free economy and world?
The solutions are there. All! All over!
The fight against climate change does not depend on the availability of solutions, but on the willingness and political will to identify and implement new solutions.
Our planet is changing. We need to help it change for the better and we’re asking for your help to do that! There are a lot of things that affect our planet in a bad way but the good news is that everyone can help to reduce them and do their bit for the environment.