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Scientists Create Biodegradable Plastic Using Solar Energy

Scientists Create Biodegradable Plastic Using Solar Energy

Scientists from Osaka Metropolitan University have found a way to synthesize fumaric acid, a raw material using for producing the biodegradable plastic polybutylene succinate, using artificial photosynthesis. The plastic, typically made from petroleum, was synthesized from carbon dioxide, biomass-derived compounds, and solar energy. The study, published in the journal Sustainable Energy & Fuels, documents the […]

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    England to Ban Single-Use Plastic Dinnerware, Including Styrofoam

    England to Ban Single-Use Plastic Dinnerware, Including Styrofoam

    In England, the government has announced plans to ban single-use plastic dinnerware, including closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam trays (commonly referred to as the brand name Styrofoam), plastic utensils and plastic plates. The announcement follows similar bans in Scotland and Wales. Scotland’s ban on single-use plastics took effect in August 2022, and Wales recently passed a […]

    New Undersea Cables Could Help Ease UK Energy Crisis

    New Undersea Cables Could Help Ease UK Energy Crisis

    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 […]

    England to Ban More Single-Use Plastic Items

    England to Ban More Single-Use Plastic Items

    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 […]