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Nothing is set to release its new environmentally-friendly smartphone. Is it worth the hype?

Until recently, tech start-up Nothing has remained somewhat under the radar. That changed when the company, which was founded in 2020, announced its newest Nothing Phone (1), which has quickly gained attention from tech enthusiasts and consumers alike. On June 16, the company unveiled the design of the phone — which is the firm’s second-ever …

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Shoppers and retailers embrace Dubai’s single-use bag charge

Dubai shoppers and retailers have embraced a new green tariff on single-use bags aimed at cutting back on waste and protecting the environment. A mandatory charge of 25 fils ($0.07) on the purchase of each bag was introduced on Friday. Bags were previously handed out free of charge to customers in stores. The fee applies …

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Spade Oak: Paddleboarders spot ‘clumps of sewage’ in River Thames

A group of paddleboarders were left shocked after reportedly being met with “clumps” of sewage whilst out on the River Thames. Heading towards Spade Oak from Bourne End, the stand-up paddleboarders first thought there was foam floating in the water but getting closer could smell it was waste. One member of the local fitness group …

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Cigarette-Makers Moved To Environment-Friendly Packs Before Plastic Ban

Cigarette makers shifted to biodegradable overwrap on packets, ahead of plastic ban New Delhi: Cigarette makers have shifted from regular plastic wrapping to environment-friendly biodegradable wrapping for cigarette packs, well ahead of the single-use plastic ban, industry body Tobacco Institute of India said on Friday. Tobacco Institute of India (TII) also lauded the “proactive steps” …

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India bans single-use plastic to combat pollution

Announcing the ban, the government dismissed the demands of food, beverage and consumer goods companies to hold off the restriction to avoid disruptions. But India, which uses about 14 million tons of plastic annually, lacks an organized system for managing plastic waste, leading to widespread littering. Streets across towns are littered with used plastic goods …

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Introducing the Microsoft Climate Research Initiative

Addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change requires a collective effort, bringing our strengths to bear across industry, government, academia, and civil society. As we continue to explore the role of technology to advance the art of the possible, we are launching the Microsoft Climate Research Initiative (MCRI). This community of multi-disciplinary researchers is …

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New recycling method could eliminate the climate impact of plastic

Story at a glance Declining plastic recycling rates coupled with increased plastic pollution on the Earth’s surface and within its oceans spell concern for the planet’s health. In an effort to combat these trends, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a recycling method that replaces all fossil raw materials used in new …

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California Requires Plastics Makers to Foot the Bill for Recycling

In one of the most ambitious statewide attempts to reduce dependence on plastics, California instituted a new requirement that makers of packaging pay for recycling and reduce or eliminate single-use plastic packaging. The law, signed by California’s governor on Thursday, is the fourth of its kind to be passed by a state, though experts say …

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Team reassesses greenhouse gas emissions from African lakes

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The emissions of carbon dioxide (COtwo) and methane (CH4)—the most potent greenhouse gases—into the atmosphere from African lakes are reassessed in a study undertaken by the Laboratory of Chemical Oceanography (FOCUS research unit / Faculty of Science). While it was previously assumed that these lakes were significant COtwo sources, it has …

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Parks Canada holding free summer canoe lessons on Rideau Canal

Those looking to pick up a new hobby this summer can always try out Parks Canada’s Learn-to-Paddle canoe clinics in Ottawa. Those looking to pick up a new hobby this summer can always try out Parks Canada’s Learn-to-Paddle canoe clinics in Ottawa. Parks Canada is inviting beginner paddlers to head down to Hartwells Locks in …

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