Estimates by researchers Alex de Vries and Christian Stoll show that bitcoin mining produces almost 30,700 tons of waste in electronic waste every year. As cryptocurrencies become more common, they are likely to grow into a bigger environmental problem.
Accumulated waste from China’s e-commerce and express delivery sectors stands to more than quadruple by 2025 unless action is taken to rein it in, green groups said on Monday, as an online shopping spree known as Singles’ Day broke new sales records.
A ban on the export of waste glass, plastic, paper and tires will be phased in from mid next year after environment ministers agreed to a timetable for changes in the way Australia deals with recyclable material.
China dumped a total of 200.7 million cubic meters of waste into its coastal waters in 2018, a 27 percent rise on the previous year and the highest level in at least a decade, the country’s Environment Ministry said on Tuesday.
Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped.