Environmental News! 6th July 2012 – China leading the way.

Beijing gives Subway credits for recycled bottles

More than 100 ‘recycle-to-ride’ containers will be installed in Beijing to conquer the inefficient waste of plastic bottles. They will be places along every stop of one subway line before being established all over the city. “They will be as easy to use as ATM’s” said a member involved with their production. Currently, the company collects 50,000 bottles a year. With this number sure to sky rocket, the company plan to approach Coca-Cola and other beverage companies to supply them with bottles. Asia associates projects like this with economical benefit – as shown by the money that will be made from Coca-Cola. Projects like this already exist in the west, simply for environmental reasons. If bottle donors are not paid, the project fails in Beijing.
Finally then! It pays to be green! Do you think it is a good idea to reward people financially for being green? Or should we be green by principle?

China’s Three Gorges Dam completed

China's Three Gorges dam

The $38 billion Three Gorges Dam has finally been connected to the power grid. 1.3 millions people were displaced from it’s production.
Is it worth it? 
The total capacity is 22.5 gigawatts. This accounts for 11% of the country’s total hydroelectric capacity. Britain’s largest power station, Drax, produces 4GW.
Yes.
“The complete operation of all the generators makes the Three Gorges dam the world’s largest hydropower project, and the largest base for clean energy” said Zhang Cheng, general manager of the TGM. The dam has already saved 200 billion tonnes of coal from being burnt. Beijing is now committed to bringing another 140GW of hydropower capacity on line between 2011 and 2015 to meet its renewable energy targets.
So do you think it was worth it? How many of the 1.3 million people do you think cared about the environment, 20%? Whilst I understand how horrible it must be to move your life somewhere else, I’d rather that than drown from rising sea levels.

Plastic bag use up for 2nd year running in UK

UK supermarkets handed out 8 billion single-use plastic bags last year, up 5.4% on 2010. Retailers have blamed the recession, claiming that shoppers now to more smaller shops each month. The story is not the same all over the UK. In Wales, the usage rate fell by 22% thanks to the 5p charge for plastic bags. Surely then this problem can be solved by slapping a charge on plastic bags everywhere? Give people an economic reason to use life-long bags. Take a hint from what China are doing.
Not convinced? What if I told you that in the last 5 seconds, America has consumed 60,000 plastic bags…….now 70,000.
Find out more and what you can do to help here.


I leave you with
A modern day Noah’s ark. How to live in a post-apocolytic world.
5 eco-friendly apps that could change city living.
– Think you’re eco friendly? Stop drinking with straws…that are wrapped in plastic….and then thrown away.  

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One response to this post.

  1. the recycle project sounds really good, they should have done it years ago…however, how effective it will be depends on how those machines will be maintained–we chinese are good at breaking things…

    the Three Gorge Dam is a shame, in my opinion

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