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World news round-up 7 October 2014

China emissions increase; Booming mobile recycling; Taiwan cooking oil scandal; US airline seats become Kenyan footballs

China fails to cut carbon dioxide emissions

Efforts to reduce China’s carbon dioxide emissions are being offset by the country’s rampant economic growth, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Research published in Nature Climate Change reveals how China increased its carbon intensity by 3% during a period of unprecedented economic growth. This was despite its pledge to reduce carbon intensity by up to 45% by 2020 (relative to the 2005 level).

The findings are part of a seven-year study conducted by UEA’s School of International Development and an international research team. The research was partly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds.

Press release


Mobile phone recycling market booming

The market for recycled cell phones is expected to grow at a cumulative annual rate of more than 17% in the five years to 2018, according to Research and Markets which says, in a new report, that one of the major trends emerging in the market is the increase in stringent regulations from various regulatory authorities.

According to the report, one of the main drivers in this market is the increase in WEEE because of the increase in use of electronics goods which contain hazardous substances.

The report adds that the accumulation of outdated electronic devices is one of the major challenges in the market, in that it prevents some waste from being collected for the purpose of dismantling and recycling.

Business Wire


Bail in Taiwan cooking oil scandal

One of the main suspects in Taiwan’s tainted oil scandal has been released on bail of NT$9.5m (£200,000). Yeh Wen-hsiang, chairman of the Chang Guann company, was arrested in September. Last week, his deputy Tai Chi-chuan was also bailed.

Both were charged with fraud and violating the act governing food safety and sanitation over the receipt of tainted cook oil which was converted into new cooking oil and sold to edible oil and food processing companies.

Another accused is said to have admitted that the company used animal hide and carcasses from abattoirs and leather factories for extracting oil, as well as recycled frying oil from restaurants and eateries that had not been inspected by health and sanitation authorities.

Taipei Times


Airline scores with unwanted leather

US based Southwest Airlines has donated 43 acres of left-over leather from the seats of their redesigned 737-700 aircraft to a community initiative in Kenya to teach young to learn leather-making skills.

The initiative is called LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose.

The airline was looking to install lighter seats so the leather is now being turned into footballs and shoes, purses and other leather items.

All Africa


No waste, no pay

Seattle resident Vonna Posey says she is willing to go to jail after refusing to pay the council’s collection charge as she says she never has any waste.

Posey has recycled or composted her ‘trash’ for nearly 40 years but began getting a bill for the service in January when her home was switched to a neighbouring authority.

She’s refused to pay the mandatory $12 (£7.50) monthly fee and city officials said she could face fines, service disruptions and land in jail.

“Instead of punishing me with a fine and imprisonment, they should want to reward me for composting and reducing my carbon footprint. There’s an old adage my parents taught me: Leave it better than I found it.”

Marysville Globe

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