How Taiwan changed its attitude to landfills

From landfills that were bursting at the seams to remarkably clean cities, Taiwan’s changing attitude to waste has transformed the island’s streets.W Waste researcher Nate Maynard remembers exactly when he realised that bins were nearly impossible to find in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. He first came to Taiwan in 2013 for a research trip as part of his environment masters programme. “When I arrived, the most obvious thing to me was that not only were there no litter bins, there was no litter either.” The situation was vastly different 20…

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Thar coal pollution will cause serious health risks

The emissions from the massive clusters of coal mines and power plants in Thar will cause alarming levels of toxic depositions in the region and expose the local population to serious health risks, according to a Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) study. The study, titled ‘Air Quality, Health and Toxic Impacts of the Proposed Coal Mining and Power Cluster in Thar, Pakistan,’ was launched via a video conference organised by the Alliance for Climate Justice and Clean Energy on Friday. “Since Pakistan is already suffering from…

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Power sector entities: ECC questions Rs200bn disbursement plan

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has raised serious questions over the disbursement plan of Rs200 billion to the power sector entities and asked the Power Division to come up with criterion on Saturday (May 30) as to on what basis the payments would be made. The ECC meeting presided by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh met on Friday to consider proposal of Power Division that sought approval for allocation of payments to be made to the power sector entities. An official…

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