Microplastics caused by washing machines are hard to remove from the ocean. A promising new method to collect such microplastics has been devised using acoustics to gather them in water by researchers at Shinshu University.
Alaska will soon close a year that is shaping up as its hottest on record, with glaciers in the “Frontier State” melting at record or near-record levels, pouring waters into rising global seas, scientists said after taking fall measurements.
China will tighten regulations on the use of plastic film by farmers to boost crop yields, which has become a major source of soil contamination throughout northern and western regions, according to a draft policy document.
Tighter government climate regulations by 2025 could wipe up to $2.3 trillion off the value of companies in industries ranging from fossil fuel producers to agriculture and car makers, investor group PRI warned in a report.
By 2025, UBS expects energy storage cost to be under a third of what it is now, fuelling demand for renewables, batteries, and related materials and chemicals.
Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will convert dried skin of coffee beans into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts such as headlamp housing.
The World Bank adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. The new five-year plan calls for lending to “gradually decline” from the previous five-year average of $1.8 billion.
The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates. Swiss Re and Zurich have withdrawn cover from both new and existing projects, as well as the companies operating in these sectors.
Saudi Aramco is looking to buy insurance against war and terror attacks after a damaging drone and missile attack on some of its oil facilities in September.
Moscow and Beijing continue cultivating partnership to “step up cooperation in order to jointly counter external threats and foreign meddling”, TASS reported.