News Roundup from the GAIA network

Global Leaders Enable Dangerous Waste Burning Practices in G7 Plastics Charter | GAIA
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Global Leaders Enable Dangerous Waste Burning Practices in G7 Plastics Charter | GAIA

June 13, 2018 – The G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, signed by five nations, has already been criticized as “tepid,” and inadequate to the scale of the plastic pollution problem.

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Bring Your Own Bag, Say No to Plastic Bags | GAIA
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Bring Your Own Bag, Say No to Plastic Bags | GAIA

In conjunction of Plastic Bag Free Day on 3rd July, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) distributed free cloth bags made from discarded t-shirts to market-goers in Bagan Ajam Market in Butterworth, Penang.

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Victory for health of LA residents: Dinosaur incinerator in Commerce goes extinct | GAIA
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Victory for health of LA residents: Dinosaur incinerator in Commerce goes extinct | GAIA

Commerce, CA, U.S. June 27, 2018–The city of Commerce has announced that the Commerce “Refuse to Energy” Facility will be decommissioned, citing inefficient operating costs as the primary cause.

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Beyond recycling: rethinking plastic from the ground up
greeneuropeanjournal.eu

Beyond recycling: rethinking plastic from the ground up

Plastic has climbed high up the EU agenda in 2018, with the European Commission publishing its plastics strategy in January and a proposal for a directive on single-use plastics in May.

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Saving our seas: 5 ocean heroes battling to turn the toxic tide
unenvironment.org

Saving our seas: 5 ocean heroes battling to turn the toxic tide

From the icy splendour of the Arctic to the inky depths of the Mariana ocean trench, plastic waste is threatening our seas, killing our wildlife and polluting our food chain. The facts are undeniable: each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans.

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Western Sydney incinerator dumped by independent commission
smh.com.au

Western Sydney incinerator dumped by independent commission

Nearly 1000 people submitted objections to the hugely controversial project. Citing “uncertainty” over the project’s human health risks, and impact on air and water quality, the three-member Independent Planning Commission said the project was not in the public interest and refused consent.

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4 takeaways from the new Chinese import ban plastics study
wastedive.com

4 takeaways from the new Chinese import ban plastics study

The primary theme gleaned from a study published in the journal Science Advances, entitled "The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade," is that plastic is piling up globally, as recyclers deal with lost Chinese markets and have to resort to stockpiling or landfilling recovered materials.

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Madrid plans to phase out incineration by 2025
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Madrid plans to phase out incineration by 2025

The City Council of Madrid presented last week its new strategy on waste (2018-22), that aims at transforming the waste management system of the Spanish capital, in line with the European and Spanish targets of recycling and preparation for reuse.

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Asia to the world: We don't want your plastic waste problem
plasticstoday.com

Asia to the world: We don't want your plastic waste problem

Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam are among the latest nations to restrict imports of plastic scrap following China’s import ban implemented last year.

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Such a Waste
epaper.timesgroup.com

Such a Waste

In the last few years, the discussion to keep the country clean has gained popularity. Now, the next step would be to create awareness on the management of solid waste.

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Ataque a líderes comunitarios contra cementera deja 17 heridos en Guatemala | GAIA
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Ataque a líderes comunitarios contra cementera deja 17 heridos en Guatemala | GAIA

El pasado 3 de julio, líderes comunitarios de la localidad de San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, fueron desalojados de una resistencia pacífica que se desarrollaba en el sector El Puente con el fin de de mantener su lucha contra la empresa Cementos Progreso y la construcción de una carretera sobre un camino vecinal.

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Circular Economy and Health: Opportunities and risks
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Circular Economy and Health: Opportunities and risks

The extensive use of natural resources threatens to exceed the carrying capacity of the Earth. The concept of a circular economy offers an avenue to sustainable growth, good health and decent jobs, while saving the environment and its natural resources.

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Business booms for plastic giants as change beckons
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Business booms for plastic giants as change beckons

PARIS — It’s the worst enemy of environmental campaigners, but people around the world use mountains of plastic every day and business is booming for manufacturers.

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Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix
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Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix

Every minute, every single day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans. In the name of profit and convenience, corporations are literally choking our planet with a substance that does not just “go away” when we toss it into a bin.

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Special Investigation: Living on scraps
digboston.com

Special Investigation: Living on scraps

Boston is aiming to achieve “zero waste,” which some say can create more living-wage jobs. Is part of this lofty goal rooted in the region’s dirtiest hypocrisy?

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International Plastic Bag Free Day 2018
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International Plastic Bag Free Day 2018

The International Plastic Bag Free Day is a unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available.

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Ethiopia’s waste-to-energy plant is a first in Africa
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Ethiopia’s waste-to-energy plant is a first in Africa

For half a century, the Koshe dump site has been the only landfill in Addis Ababa. As the city has expanded, the landfill – which used to lie on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital – has become part of the urban landscape, sprawling over an area the size of 36 football pitches.

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Why Women From Asia Are Confronting U.S. Fracking
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Why Women From Asia Are Confronting U.S. Fracking

Heaps of plastic waste cover the shores of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Myrna Dominguez remembers when an abundance of fish inhabited its waters—locals would catch enough to feed their families and sell at the market.

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Amazon, H&M and other multinationals pressing to soften plastic ban
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Amazon, H&M and other multinationals pressing to soften plastic ban

Multinational companies like Amazon Inc and H&M are lobbying to soften a ban against single-use plastic imposed by an Indian state last week, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

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¡Ganó Berta! Cierran proyecto hidroeléctrico “Agua Zarca”
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¡Ganó Berta! Cierran proyecto hidroeléctrico “Agua Zarca”

El Banco Holandés de Desarrollo (FMO) y el Fondo Finlandés para la Cooperación Industrial (FINNFUND) retiraron definitivamente su apoyo al proyecto hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca que impulsa la empresa Desarrollo Energéticos Sociedad Anónima (DESA).

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