“One overlooked way to fight climate change? Dispose of old CFCs.”

“AT CITY WASTE Recycling in Accra, Ghana, owners Jürgen Meniel and Vivian Ahiayibor mostly focus on plastics and metals, but they also reclaim refrigerants from old equipment. Several years ago, they learned of a large cache of unused canisters of a refrigerant called CFC-12. The containers looked like small propane tanks, but the gas inside was illegal. Outlawed thirty years ago by the Montreal Protocol because of their harmful effects on the stratospheric ozone layer, CFCs have also been found to have a second, destructive effect on the climate.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/disposing-old-cfcs-refrigerants-reduces-climate-change-greenhouse-gases-cheaply/

“UCLA researchers discover cost and time efficient method to recycle water”

“UCLA researchers designed a water vapor capture system that could purify industrial wastewater and agricultural runoff three times more efficiently than existing methods. The study, published in the April issue of Science Advance, was led by Yongho Sungtaek Ju, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor. Ju said he was initially awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a system to cool power plants with dry air instead of fresh water. This system also happened to be efficient at collecting water vapor from the air and was later adapted for this purpose, Ju said.”

http://dailybruin.com/2019/04/26/ucla-researchers-discover-cost-and-time-efficient-method-to-recycle-water/

“Japanese utilities turn away from coal plans amid green energy boom”

“Japanese utilities are turning away from new coal-fired power projects in the country amid tighter environmental regulations and increasing demand for greener energy from their key customers. Osaka Gas last week pulled out of plans to build a 1.2 gigawatt coal-fired project, which followed the cancellation in January of a 2 GW coal power station by Kyushu Electric Power , Tokyo Gas and Idemitsu Kosan.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/japan-coal/japanese-utilities-turn-away-from-coal-plans-amid-green-energy-boom-idUSL3N2280MH?utm_source=applenews

“Nevada and Washington pass 100% clean electricity bills”

“Nevada and Washington have both passed legislation aiming for 100% carbon-free electricity in the future, becoming the fourth and fifth states to pass such bills. Nevada’s bill requires 50% renewable electricity by 2030, with a goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Gov. Steve Sisolak has already signed the bill.”

https://electrek.co/2019/04/23/washington-nevada-clean-electricity/

“A warming Arctic could cost the world trillions of dollars”

“A warming Arctic is shifting from white to dark as sea ice melts and land-covered snow retreats, and that means it can absorb even more of the sun’s heat. Plus, the Arctic’s vast permafrost area is thawing, releasing more heat-trapping carbon and methane. These climate-change-driven feedbacks in the Arctic are accelerating warming even faster and may add nearly $70 trillion to the overall costs of climate change—even if the world meets the Paris Agreement climate targets, a new study says.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/arctic-climate-change-feedback-loops-cost-trillions/

“California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon”

“California’s climate change efforts can be spotted all over the Bay Area in the growing number of electric cars and solar panels. But now, California is enlisting people from a more conservative part of the state — even if they don’t think climate change is much of a concern. California’s farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, something the state says is crucial for meeting its ambitious climate goals.”

https://www.kqed.org/science/1940561/california-has-farmers-growing-weeds-why-to-capture-carbon

“Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Don’t fall for these myths”

“Since Earth Day’s founding nearly 50 years ago, April 22 has been an occasion for people to reflect on how they can treat the environment better. In recent years, with scientists around the world issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the scale of climate change and the shrinking window of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the focus has been on reducing our climate footprint.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trying-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-dont-fall-for-these-myths/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

“Maersk charts course toward sustainable shipping”

“In March, global shipping giant Maersk inched closer to meeting its commitment to go carbon neutral by 2050 with a pilot of a biofuels-powered vessel. Teaming up with Shell and other members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Maersk tested a fuel blend of 20 percent biofuel, produced from waste cooking oil, in one of its largest vessels on an expedition from Rotterdam to Shanghai. Touted as the “world’s first at this scale,” Maersk reports that the 25,000-nautical-mile journey will save 1,500 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.”

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/maersk-charts-course-toward-sustainable-shipping

“15 Things You Probably Don’t Recycle, But Should”

“On Friday waves of youth protests rippled across the United Kingdom calling for climate action. This movement emerged just one month after a global youth strike where more than a million students took to the street and demanded society drastically improve the way it responds to the climate crisis.”

https://www.womansday.com/life/g27166417/things-to-recycle/

“This is what happens to the e-waste you drop off for recycling”

“Your Earth Day plans might call for some outdoor adventure, but don’t go leaving your technology at home. Some of the eco-friendly events taking place across Canada might actually call for electronics — especially the broken stuff. Toronto’s Comedy Bar is among those holding a technology drive this weekend. The comedy club’s social media manager and drive organizer Jenna Warriner says she was inspired by the sheer amount of technology found around her home and the venue.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what-happens-to-the-e-waste-you-drop-off-for-recycling-1.5101357