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Indonesian president tells cities to build waste-to-energy plants

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged cities across the country to set up waste-to-energy plants this year to tackle the country’s growing mountain of trash, according to a statement published on the cabinet secretary’s website on Tuesday. Indonesia’s incumbent president Joko Widodo, who was re-elected on April’s election gestures as he delivers Read More

Former Japanese fisherman finds profit in whale-watching

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RAUSU, Japan (Reuters) – Masato Hasegawa is the fourth generation of his family to be a fisherman on Japan’s northern oceans, but now his cruises focus on admiring sea life instead of catching it. Whale-watching boat captain Masato Hasegawa speaks with other boats in order to look for whales in the sea near Rausu, Hokkaido, Read More

Nestle Waters teams up with Ocean Legacy for plastic waste cleanup

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PARIS (Reuters) – Nestle’s (NESN.S) bottled water division Nestle Waters, owner of Perrier and Vittel, said it would team up with Canada’s Ocean Legacy Foundation to help to clean up plastic pollution. Consumer goods companies, such as Nestle, are under pressure to do more to reduce the waste their business generates as consumers become increasingly Read More

U.N. deep sea mining body rejects Greenpeace criticism

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LONDON (Reuters) – The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has rejected criticism from Greenpeace over its handling of ocean mining, fuelling a spat that threatens to overshadow talks this month by the U.N. body toward rules for deep sea mining. Mining international waters is in the spotlight as companies and countries are looking at minerals concentrated Read More

China raises security warning on vessels plying Malacca Strait

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By Bloomberg News on 7/4/2019 SINGAPORE and BEIJING (Bloomberg) — China raised the security level for its vessels heading through the Strait of Malacca, a key Asian trade route and major oil choke point. The transport ministry advised Chinese-flagged ships to take heightened security steps and increased its security warning to level three, according to Read More

King of the heap: US named world’s top trash maker, risks being buried in its own garbage

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While the US makes up 4% of the world’s population it produces 12% of its trash, more than both China and India. To make matters worse, it is also terrible at managing its garbage output, recycling a small percentage of waste. As trash continues to saturate the world’s oceans and mount in developing countries where Read More

Indonesia’s parliament delays approval for levy on plastic bags

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian members of parliament have decided to delay confirmation of a government plan for a levy on plastic bags, but the finance minister said she was optimistic the legislation was on track to be adopted this year. Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June Read More

Greenpeace ship sets sail to highlight risk of mining below the waves

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LONDON (Reuters) – A Greenpeace ship sets sail on Thursday to study an ecosystem beneath the Atlantic Ocean thought to hold clues to the origins of life to press its case for a ban on deep sea mining, as talks in Jamaica seek to agree rules on deep sea mineral exploitation. Throughout July, work is Read More

David Attenborough thanks Glastonbury for plastic bottle ban

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Revellers watch Years & Years performing during Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) – The world renowned naturalist David Attenborough appeared on the stage at Glastonbury on Sunday to praise its ban on single-use plastic bottles, delighting festival goers who have instead queued for tap water. The broadcaster’s Read More

Australian PM says Beijing should adopt reform to end U.S. trade war

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that China should reform its economy to end a trade war with the United States that is damaging the global economy, comments that could strain ties with the country’s largest trading partner. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press Read More