As companies race to expand renewable energy and the batteries to store it, finding sufficient amounts of rare earth metals to build the technology is no easy feat. That’s leading mining companies to take a closer look at a largely unexplored frontier – the deep ocean seabed.
The need for high-voltage undersea cables for the transport of electricity from wind farms in Scotland to the National Grid has been approved by Great Britain’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM), reported BBC News. This and other big projects in the works for Scotland would help alleviate some of the pressure of the […]
A new study from researchers at the University of Auckland has found about 74 million metric tons of microplastics rain down over Auckland, New Zealand each year. This amount of microplastics weighs around the same as over 3 million plastic water bottles. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, analyzed over nine […]
In an attempt to deal with the growing plastic waste problem in the UK and the planet, the UK government is set to ban additional single-use plastic items like plates and cutlery in England, after banning straws, stirrers and cotton swabs there in 2020. From November of last year to February of 2022, a public […]
Could countries come together to find a solution to the plastic pollution crisis? International collaboration on environmental issues has a mixed track record. The Montreal Protocol successfully reduced the refrigerants and other chemicals burning a hole in the ozone layer, but the efforts of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are still not […]
Nearly 25 years ago, oil major Shell predicted in an internal 1998 report that a class-action lawsuit would be brought against fossil fuel companies following “a series of violent storms.” That prediction is finally coming true: A group of Puerto Rican communities, which were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, are suing Shell and other fossil fuel […]
One of the main dangers of plastics is the harm that their production and incineration can do to the health of the people who live nearby. Plastics plants are one of the main factors polluting the air of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, for example. Now, a group of U.S. lawmakers are seeking to address this environmental […]