Solid waste management: BMC won’t challenge HC’s building ban order

On February 29, the Bombay High Court had halted the process of granting permissions for construction of new residential and commercial buildings.

THREE weeks after the Bombay High Court rapped the civic administration for its inability to tackle illegal dumping of nearly 70 per cent of the city’s solid waste and barred new real estate development permissions in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the state government have both indicated that neither would challenge the order.
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Oil ends down 2 percent on technicals, U.S. stockpile worry

Oil settled 2 percent lower on Tuesday as the market yielded to technical pressure and worries that U.S. crude stockpiles were still growing amid falling output and refinery maintenance.

Uncertainty over how the U.S. Federal Reserve will word its policy statement on Wednesday also fed jitters in financial markets and pushed oil down for a second day in a row.

Crude prices pared losses in post-settlement trade after preliminary inventory data from industry group American Petroleum Institute (API) showed U.S. crude stockpiles rose by 1.5 million barrels last week, less than half the 3.4 million barrel build forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. [API/S]

The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) will issue official inventory data on Wednesday.

Brent LCOc1 settled down 79 cents at $38.74 a barrel, a 2 percent drop similar to Monday’s.

 

Source:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-idUSKCN0WH02G

Waste Management proposes changes to Omaha’s trash and recycling collection

OMAHA, Neb. —Waste Management has submitted proposals to overhaul waste collection in Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert said in a release Monday.

Waste Management’s current contract with the City of Omaha goes through 2020.

Mayor Stothert said she requested proposals to address “frequent complaints about the current level of service and plan for the future.”  Read more

The biggest cause of global warming that nobody’s talking about

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Even if former Prime Minister Tony Abbott hasn’t come around to the idea yet, most of us would agree that if we want planet Earth to sustain life for generations to come, we need cleaner energy. We need cleaner energy to fuel our cars, our homes, our cities… If advances in green tech can overcome these challenges, we will have solved a big piece of the climate puzzle. But not all the big pieces…

What about the energy we use to fuel our bodies?

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Municipal solid waste (MSW) as a renewable source of energy: Current and future practices in China

With rapid economic growth and massive urbanization, China faces the problem of municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal and the pressing need for development of alternative energy. Waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration, which recovers energy from discarded MSW and produces electricity and/or steam for heating, is recognized as a renewable source of energy and is playing an increasingly important role in MSW management in China. This article provides an overview of the WTE industry, discusses the major challenges in expanding WTE incineration in China, namely, high capital and operational costs, equipment corrosion, air pollutant emissions, and fly ash disposal. A perspective on MSW as a renewable energy source in China is also presented. Currently, only approximately 13% of MSW generated in China is disposed in WTE facilities. With the significant benefits of environmental quality, the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and government policies and financial incentives as a renewable energy source, WTE incineration industry is expected to experience significant growth in the coming decade and make greater contribution to supplying renewable energy in China.

Source:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852410000970

What is nanowaste and why should we worry about it?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. It represents a massive step forward and a big shift in all aspects of human life. However, like the three industrial revolutions that came before, it will also have byproducts and problems to be overcome.

The Second Industrial Revolution brought mass production and cost reduction, but it also brought mass consumption and the problem of waste disposal and recycling. The Third Industrial Revolution, also called the electronic or digital revolution, gave us computers and telecommunication solutions, but the problem of electronic waste remains unsolved. Read more