Amazing Benefits of Green Technology
 
May 22, 2018
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You might have heard of green technology or environmental technology. Well, it is an encompassing term, and in other terms, it is the application of green chemistry and other technological process for protecting the environment. This technology is a great combination of technology and sciences that lead to the protection of the environment.

Environmental science, environmental monitoring etc., falls in this domain. The main focus of this technology is to focus on conserving nature. It is also known as clean technology, which is also used for energy production technologies. There are mélange of features as well as benefits of green technology, which are as follows:

Air purification

One of its major benefits is that it lends a hand in purifying the air by reducing carbon emission by purifying. It also features cultivation of plants in order to remove carbon dioxide, which further keeps the air fresh. In today’s modern world, there are several factories that emit a lot of carbon. Also, these days everybody is using automobiles that further cause air pollution. So, green technology plays a wonderful role in purifying air so that living beings can breathe properly.

High in demand

Green technology offers a wide array of jobs, and one can think of building a career in this domain. It is very important to have a great resume so that top recruiters can hire you. You can browse Thejobexplorer.Com in order to get details about the job and also to build an excellent resume.

Energy conservation

It helps in conserving the energy and is a great alternative to gadgets, which make use of a lot of fuel or electricity. Now, people use electrical devices that require less energy, and this leads to the decreasing the energy consumption. This further lends a hand in decreasing the consumption of fossil fuels. No doubt, automobiles cause much pollution and here comes the role of green technology. Now people are embracing electrical cars. In fact, their focus is now shifted, and they are using environmental friendly appliances and devices.

Recycling

Green technology is used in following- waste incineration, eco-friendly waste recycling technologies, solid waste management, different wastewater treatments, etc. It helps in managing as well as recycling waste material, which further makes is useful for beneficial purposes. In fact, one can make furniture fuel, sculptures, and can even create plant fertilizer.

Water purification

Another amazing benefit of green technology is that it helps in purifying water. You might already know that there is a scarcity of drinking water in several places. Green technology is helping in this regard too. Now, people are able to drink pure water, and it is possible just because of green technology. The fact is, several environmental campaigns are being organized that helps in purifying water around the globe.

Green technology has many other benefits such as it offers solutions for disposal and recycling of waste. It makes use of latest energy generation techniques, renewable resources, and several innovative methods in order to make different environment-friendly products. So, now you know how green technology is saving the environment.

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HKUST and CIL Establish Joint Laboratory to Nurture Innovative Research on Environmental Health Technologies
 
May 16, 2018
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Chiaphua Industries Limited (CIL) officially establish the HKUST-CIL Joint Laboratory of Innovative Environmental Health Technologies today. The Joint Lab aims to nurture cutting-edge research in environmental health technologies to enhance the quality of the environment as well as health and well-being of individuals and communities. It will receive funding from CIL for the coming five years.

The establishment of the Joint Lab will provide a platform for translating conceptual ideas and laboratory research on innovative environmental health technologies into tangible products that address urgent community needs, creating tremendous societal and commercial value at large. The Joint Lab will not only strive for research excellence, but also actively engage in the areas of technology translation, product conceptualization, scaling-up and manufacturing, quality assurance and user experience. The Joint Lab will also provide HKUST postgraduate and undergraduate students with invaluable training on lab research, product development and field test studies to enhance their career opportunities and entrepreneurial skills.

The Joint Laboratory celebrated its opening in the Sze-Yuen Chung Council Chamber of HKUST today, with the presence of Dr David Wai-keung Chung, JP, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, Prof Wei Shyy, Acting President of HKUST, Prof Nancy Ip, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies of HKUST, Prof King Lun Yeung, Associate Dean of Engineering (Research and Graduate Studies) of HKUST, Mr Herbert Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of CIL, Mrs Sheilah Chatjaval, General Counsel of CIL, and Mr Sidney Cheng, Director of CIL. At the occasion, the contract of the Joint Lab was signed by Prof Nancy Ip and Mr Herbert Cheng, followed by the unveiling ceremony of a commemorative plaque.

Prof Wei Shyy expressed his gratitude to Mr Herbert Cheng and said, “Mr Cheng has been a long-time friend of HKUST and dedicated to supporting the education of young people in Hong Kong. This Joint Lab marks a major step forward in our concerted effort to drive research and innovation. It will integrate the strong industry experience of CIL and research expertise of HKUST to further extend both parties’ global impact by delivering more ground-breaking products for the health of the society and the environment.”

Mr Herbert Cheng said, “This is not the first time we collaborated with HKUST. But this time, we are particularly proud of the results. Thanks to the innovative leadership of Prof Yeung, we have turned out something that may make Chiaphua a household name in household products, a product that may also erase Hong Kong’s image as a place where you don’t expect to see any research in science and technology with great social impact.”

The HKUST-CIL Joint Laboratory of Innovative Environmental Health Technologies will be led by Prof King Lun Yeung (Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Division of Environment & Sustainability (ENVR)), Prof Joseph Kwan (Health, Safety & Environment Office and ENVR), and Dr Wei Han (ENVR). In the next two years, the Joint Lab aims to translate three HKUST technologies (HiNW light disinfection, malodor-control (MOC) hydrogel, and colloidal antibacterial) into viable commercial products. The longer-term goal is to develop next-generation smart technologies through innovation in materials to improve our health and environment and to address the needs of a greying population and emerging health threats.

The team will work closely with the Hospital Authority, Centre for Health Protection, Water Supplies Department, Drainage Services Department, and also non-governmental organizations including Haven of Hope Christian Service to create better products and to assess their performance under practical use situations for making enhancements. The Joint Lab will also establish a global network of partners including the Guangzhou State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease, Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (Spain), Kobe Centre for Membrane and Film Technology (Japan), and Virus Research Center, Clinical Research Division, National Hospital Organization, Sendai Medical Center (Japan) to further strengthen the capability of the laboratory.

The opening ceremony was followed by an introduction session by Prof King Lun Yeung on his team’s research projects, with his students giving demonstrations of the smart disinfection technologies developed at HKUST.

About Chiaphua Industries Limited
From humble beginnings in the early 1920s as a small, privately-held metal stamping business, Chiaphua Industries (www.chiaphua.com.hk) has grown into a robust global enterprise. Chiaphua’s long history has given the company a firm foundation from which to build upon for continuing success today. Over the last 50 years, Chiaphua has been involved in the manufacturing of an extensive range of industrial and consumer products, including computers, clocks, sea-freight containers, lighters, toys, silver-plated hollowware, security and telecommunications equipment, electrical appliances, motors and power tools.Chiaphua Industries’ success is built on the guiding principles of integrity, harmony and partnership laid down by our founding members. These values have enabled us to forge a number of long-standing joint venture alliances with some of the world’s biggest and most recognized consumer brand companies.

In addition to our joint venture partnerships, Chiaphua Industries also maintains contract manufacturing relationships with many of the world’s leading brand name companies. Through this global network, we enjoy worldwide representation in the oral care, household appliances, writing instruments, telecommunications and environmental treatment markets. Besides being a manufacturing powerhouse, we are also expanding into the retail, hospitality and real estate business in recent years following our Group’s success. Chiaphua Industries is a highly respected multinational and has considerable international stature. It is recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and its strong sense of integrity, garnering the respect and loyalty of world-class customers and partners. In its continued commitment to excellence, the organization encompasses traditional values of Enterprise and Harmony. Commitment to excellence has been achieved through working closely with Chinese and overseas organizations in research and development, enabling Chiaphua to introduce innovative products to world markets.

About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (www.ust.hk) is a world-class research university focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. HKUST attained the highest proportion of internationally excellent research work in the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee, and is the world’s second in the latest QS’ Top 50 under 50 ranking. Its graduates were ranked 12th worldwide and top in Greater China in Global Employability University Survey 2017.

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​Noise cancelling device by NTU scientists halves noise pollution through open windows
 
May 05, 2018
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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) researchers have developed a device that can reduce noise pollution entering buildings even while windows are wide open.

Designed to be mounted onto window grilles, the device could reduce up to 50 per cent of noise coming from nearby environments such as busy roads, train tracks or from construction activities.

The device uses ‘active noise control’ technology – found in many high-end headphones that cancels external noise – that is adapted to work in a large open area.

The benefits are two-fold: windows can be left open for fresh air without disturbance from external noise pollution and reducing the need for air-conditioning to keep the interiors of buildings and homes cool.

Professor Gan Woon Seng, Director for NTU’s Centre for Infocomm Technology (INFINITUS), who led the research said, “Compared to noise cancellation headphones, what we have achieved is far more technically challenging as we needed to control the noise in a large open area, instead of just around the ear.

This noise cancellation technology is an example of research innovations that NTU is encouraging under its Smart Campus initiative, which aims to improve quality of life for society through the development of new sustainable and technological solutions and by trialling them on its campus first.

Using sound to remove noise

Currently at the prototype stage, the device uses 8 watts of power, similar to a small portable Bluetooth speaker. Several units are placed together to form a grid-like array on a window grille to reduce external noise.

The device uses a special sound emitting mechanism which works like a speaker and is hooked up to a processing unit. Equipped with a microphone, it can detect noise even before it reaches the window and computes the attributes of the incoming noise in real-time.

It quickly emits a countering sound or “anti-noise” that has the same waveform characteristics of the invading noise but with one difference: it is inverted or “flipped”.

When both outside noise and anti-noise converge, they cancel each other out, resulting in a softer ambient sound entering living spaces.

“Our innovation not only computes the right amount and type of “anti-noise” to emit, but also does it faster than the detected noise can reach inside the building,” explained Prof Gan, who teaches at NTU’s School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

The research team conducted the tests using a soundproof chamber at the university’s labs that houses a mock room with windows and doors, resembling a typical room in a home. Various recorded sounds from construction sites, jet engines and trains were used as noise sources during the tests.

They are now developing the technology further by improving its noise cancellation efficiency, making them smaller, and more cost-effective to produce.

Prof Gan said, “We are currently finding ways to improve the technology further so that it can be used not only at window grilles with large openings, but also provide a cost-effective solution that can be easily installed and replaced. Ultimately, we aim to integrate this technology into window grilles that can help mitigate urban noise pollution conveniently.”

The researchers are also working with government agencies in Singapore to further improve the technology to make it viable for commercial and residential applications.

The project was jointly developed with the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, and Tottori University in Japan.

It is supported by Singapore’s Ministry of National Development and the National Research Foundation in the Prime Minister’s Office, under the ‘Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge’ (L2 NIC) Research Programme.

The initiative seeks to leverage R&D to develop innovative technological solutions to increase Singapore's land capacity for its long-term development needs and provide tech-based options for future generations.

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A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been placed the world’s top young university for the last four years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and has 57 Green Mark awards (equivalent to LEED-certified), of which 54 are Green Mark Platinum. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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CUHK Develops Real-time Air Quality Mobile Application Receives the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018
 
May 04, 2018
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A mobile application called Touchair, developed by a research team led by Prof. Huang Bo, Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management and Associate Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science (ISEIS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), could allow the general public to access real time air pollutant concentrations at any location in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The application has just won the Hong Kong ICT Award 2018 – Smart People (Citizens Data Applications) Bronze Award.

Based on a sophisticated artificial intelligence (A.I.) model, Touchair could provide highly accurate air pollutant data without being limited by finite monitoring stations, and could facilitate “smart mobility” in the city as users can plan their everyday trips according to the data and reduce exposure to highly polluted air.

Provides real-time air pollutants data at any location

Air pollution, which has a serious toxicological impact on the human respiratory system, is a major and growing concern in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and thus there is an increasing demand for access to more accurate and timely air pollution data so as to reduce exposure to unhealthy air. However, the number of monitoring stations and their coverage are limited. For example, there are only 16 general and roadside stations covering the city’s 1,100 square kilometers of land on an hourly basis. The sparse distribution renders them insufficient to capture the large spatial variation of urban air quality.

Touchair incorporates a sophisticated spatio-temporal statistical model developed by Prof. Huang’s research team, which is able to estimate six principle air pollutant concentrations (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, O3, SO2 and CO) in real-time and at any location, given the data trawled from the sparsely distributed environmental monitoring stations. The spatio-temporal statistical model also makes use of satellite imagery with areal coverage, aerosol network (AERONET) data, traffic conditions and meteorological data all trawled from the internet to improve the estimation accuracy up to 80%. Apart from showing real time data, Touchair could also predict air quality in the next 24 hours and record users’ daily exposure to fine suspended particles, PM2.5. These functions help citizens reduce exposure to air pollution in their daily living and traveling and thus make informed choices towards a healthy lifestyle. Touchair is now on Android and iOS phone.

Helps promote the development of Smart City

The government is striving to build Hong Kong into a smart city and one of the major initiatives is introducing smart lampposts. These devices are equipped with numerous sensors, not only for lighting but also to provide up-to-date transportation, regional meteorological and air quality information. Prof. Huang remarked, “Touchair’s algorithm could be implemented in smart lampposts to provide higher spatial and temporal resolution and accuracy, thereby offering better services to citizens. Touchair is still under further development and more functions are being added to it. One primary function will be indoor air quality monitoring. We hope this tool can contribute to Hong Kong’s smart city development.”

About Prof. Huang Bo

Prof. Huang Bo's research interests span across remote sensing image fusion, spatio-temporal big data analysis, environmental monitoring, and sustainable space planning. He and his team have developed a unified remote sensing image fusion technology that generates synthetic imagery with simultaneously high spatial, temporal, spectral, and angular (STSA) resolution to capture complex structures and changes in a dynamic, high-density urban environment. It is the first time in the world that such a technology has been proposed and developed, and it represents a breakthrough in earth observation from space, contributing to more advanced applications in environmental and ecosystem monitoring. This research brought him the Best Paper Award in the 19th International Conference on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Prof. Huang is Chang Jiang Scholar (Chair Professor), Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China and Asia-Pacific Editor of the world-renowned journal - International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Taylor & Francis).

About The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1963, CUHK is a leading comprehensive research university with a global reputation. Located in the heart of Asia, CUHK has a vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. Under the University’s unique collegial system, the programmes and activities offered by its nine colleges complement the formal curricula by delivering whole-person education and pastoral care. The University has eight faculties: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. Together with the Graduate School, the University offers over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. All faculties are actively engaged in research in a wide range of disciplines, with an array of research institutes and research centres specialising in interdisciplinary research of the highest quality.

CUHK is recognised as the most innovative university in Hong Kong and ranks 27th in the Asia-Pacific region in the latest ‘Reuters: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities’ listing. The University currently has more than 800 granted patents in different jurisdictions worldwide. A majority of these patents have been licensed to relevant industries that help bring these innovations to the market to benefit society. In academic year 2016-17, CUHK has received 88 granted patents and filed 183 patent applications for inventions developed in the areas of medical technology, biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications, and materials science.

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Việt Nam is updating its emission target in Paris climate deal
 
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Apr 23, 2018
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Vĩnh Tân 4 thermal coal-fired power plant in the central province of Bình Thuận. Environmentalists have long decried Việt Nam’s reliance on coal-fired power, frequently linked with the exacerbation of global warming. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is reviewing and updating the country’s carbon emission target to better comply with the Paris agreement on climate change and prepare for the global assessment later this year.

Deputy minister of environment and natural resources Võ Tuấn Nhân announced the review during a consultation workshop on Wednesday, where international partners such as UNDP and EU contributed ideas and technical expertise to help the country reduce its emissions.

Deputy minister Nhân said that Việt Nam started its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) back in June last year and the report has been mostly completed. The greenhouse gas mitigation component focuses primarily on energy-related policies, industrial and agricultural production, land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and waste.

Evaluation of data needed for calculating costs and the feasibility of greenhouse gas mitigation in various areas and opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emission between 2020 and 2030 were also discussed.

Delegates debated Việt Nam’s capability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent by 2030 and even achieve a 25 per cent cut with international support. They identified priority solutions for greenhouse gas mitigation and challenges to take such measures.

At the event, the review team proposed 45 plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, industry, energy and LULUCF to achieve a cut of more than 299 million tonnes of CO2 between 2020 and 2030.

The team is working to review the local status of climate change adaptation, calculate losses and damage and benefits of integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation, and evaluate impacts of Việt Nam’s emissions cut target on the country’s socio-economic development.

Hoàng Anh, an expert from the agriculture ministry and a member of the NDC review team, suggested the NDC include issues like Agriculture 4.0, organic agriculture and aquaculture.

According to Prof. Trần Thức, vice chairman of the advisory council for the National Committee on Climate Change, the NDC is one of Việt Nam’s responsibilities to the international community. Close coordination between ministries and State bodies is vital for the development and implementation of Việt Nam’s NDC, he stressed, adding that socio-economic development is Việt Nam’s ultimate goal but it must be realised in tandem with adaptation to climate change.

After signing the global climate agreement in Paris in April in 2016, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc officially ratified the accord in November the same year – coinciding with the day the accord went into force and effectively binding Việt Nam to the deal’s terms that set out to keep global warming in check. As part of the efforts shared by 195 nations, each country is expected to submit an updated report on its NDCs every five years in to ensure the global temperature rise will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level by the end of this century. The agreement also seeks to eventually achieve net zero emissions.

Currently, according to climate watch organisations, Việt Nam ranks 27th in greenhouse gas emissions, contributing around 0.72 per cent to the global emissions. — VNS

 
 
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Kenya Could Show Thailand How To Tackle Its Plastic Trash Problem
 
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The East African nation of Kenya has the potential to become a role model for Thailand when it comes to curb the exorbitant use of plastic bag across the country and the unavoidable serious pollution and other trouble it creates.

Kenya’s government just issued a decree banning the production, sale, distribution and even use of plastic bags countrywide. Violators will be slammed with fines of between $18,500 and $37,000 and, in extreme cases, face jail time of up to four years. It is the strictest law against plastic bags globally.

The government in Nairobi said it had no other choice than to issue such a law to cope with around 100 million plastic bags daily landing as garbage on the streets, clogging water and sewage pipes, polluting rivers and ending up in stomachs of animals that eat them and subsequently die.

Kenya is among a growing number of countries that declared an outright ban on plastic bags, with others being Italy, Morocco, Mauretania and Myanmar, and some that have local restrictions such as Canada, the U.S., China, India, Australia, the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil.

However, one country that is seen as one of the largest plastic bag polluters in the world still has no regulations whatsoever on the issue even after decades of being aware of the problem: Thailand.

According to statistics, the average resident in Thailand uses eight plastic bags and packages a day since almost everything, not just groceries, but also street food, snacks and even soft drinks, are filled in plastic containers of all sizes.

Across Thailand that means 500 million bags and packages a day. The average bag is in use for just twelve minutes but it takes 500 (in water) to 1000 years (on air) for it to fully decompose. In the meantime, they keep clogging waterways and drains during the rainy season and fill up the Gulf of Thailand with kilometer-long islands of plastic waste.

The problem is that producing plastic bags and packages is a huge industry in Thailand, one of the few in which the country is a leading player in the global market, and there are big business interests behind it. The list of plastic bags producers in Thailand is endless, and they are well-connected with policy makers.

Campaigns by Thai authorities to reduce the distribution of plastic bags have therefore been unsuccessful so far, and retailers and shopping malls currently have very few policies in place to deal with the issue. For example, staff at the odd 7-Eleven store seems to have instructions to give out as many plastic bags and straws as possible for a handful of groceries.

However, experts are not sure whether a radical law such as in Kenya could tackle the problem, since Thailand is known for its rather lax attitude towards state rules. The problem could rather be met with incentives or discounts for shoppers who use cloth-made bags and the threat for retailers that they would lose their business license if they keep handing out enormous amount of plastic bags on daily basis. Producer could be encouraged to use biodegradable materials for bags, and a deposit and recycling system should be put in place.

The problem is the fast-changing administrative environment in Thailand, with ministers, city governors and other supposedly responsible officials shifting posts every little while, which makes the implementation of long-term policies tricky since this allows no consistent policies, let alone encourages political accountability.

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Pollution Off Bali’s Lovely Holiday Coast Exposed A Sea Of Plastic
 
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A British diver has captured horrifying footage of plastic pollution while swimming in coastal waters near Bali. On March 3, Rich Horner posted a 2.5-minute clip on YouTube, and it has had more than 1.1 million views since then.

The footage is revolting, with Horner swimming through a literal sea of plastic. Pieces of plastic brush up against his body and catch on his camera. The water looks clouded and the surface of the water above is clogged with a mat of junk. Some of this is natural material, he explains.

“The ocean currents brought us in a lovely gift of a slick of jellyfish, plankton, leaves, branches, fronds, sticks, etc.. Oh, and some plastic. Some plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic sheets, plastic buckets, plastic sachets, plastic straws, plastic baskets, plastic bags, more plastic bags, plastic, plastic, so much plastic,” Horner said.

The place where he was diving is called Manta Point, off the coast of an island called Nusa Penida, located 20 kilometers from Bali. Manta Point is a famous cleaning station for manta rays which go there to be rid of parasites by smaller fish, but the video shows only one lone ray in the background.

The following day, the plastic was gone, but Horner said it’s merely on its way elsewhere.

“Great for the mantas coming in for a clean at the station, but, sadly the plastic is continuing on its journey, off into the Indian Ocean, to slowly break up into smaller and smaller pieces, into micro plastics. But not going away.”

Indonesia is now considered the second most polluted nation in the world, next to China. Bali, which has long been viewed as a paradise destination for holiday makers, has been developing a reputation for excessive pollution, resulting in many tourists not wanting to return. Beach cleanups are gaining traction, but the massive pollution of the oceans is a problem that beach cleaning will not solve; it must be addressed at the source.

 
 
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“Waste Less, Save More” Discussed ahead of Eco Expo Asia
 
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4 April 2018 – Hong Kong’s vision for a “greener city” through a new wave of innovative waste management and recycling initiatives was outlined to eco-industry leaders and associations along with consul-generals and trade commissioners representing 16 countries at a networking lunch themed “Waste Less, Save More‧Creating Business Opportunities” on 16 March 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event was an introduction to the Eco Expo Asia 2018 to be held at Asia World-Expo from 25-28 October. The Expo is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

In the welcoming speech, Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC said the “Waste Less, Save More” theme responded to “strong market demand for waste management schemes and technologies”.

“Waste has become a common problem for affluent societies, with ever-growing amounts of refuse, including food, produced as a result of economic expansion,” he said, explaining the pressing need for imperative measures on waste management and recycling are a “committed focus” of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.

Hong Kong initiatives
In his keynote address, HKSAR Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, outlined the latest Environment Bureau waste management and recycling initiatives that could “offer a glimpse into a better, greener world ahead”.

“Waste management is a major challenge for a green city,” he said, as our consumption-driven lifestyles are putting enormous pressure on landfills. “Clearly, Hong Kong needs a more sustainable way to deal with waste.” The Secretary for the Environment went on to explain some of the measures Hong Kong is undertaking to address these problems.

Among the city’s new initiatives is the WEEE∙PARK, a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment and recycling facility. It is a flagship government-funded waste-to-resources facility that officially opened on 19 March.

Operated by a consortium formed by Germany's ALBA Group and the Integrated Waste Solutions Group, WEEE∙PARK is the modern face of WEEE recycling facility turning WEEE into useful secondary raw materials through a series of detoxification, dismantling and recycling processes using advanced technologies and equipment.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's first self-sustained sludge treatment facility, T·PARK, marks a significant step forward in the city’s waste-to-energy journey. Being one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the world, T·PARK combines a variety of advanced technologies into a single complex and bring together sludge incinerators with power generation and desalination. To enhance public awareness of sustainable development, a wide range of educational and leisure facilities showcasing the benefits of a waste-to-energy approach in waste management are also open to the public.

At the community level, a “Dump Less, Save More” Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme is to provide financial incentives to promote waste reduction at source and reduce overall disposal.

In addition, Mr Wong highlighted other environmental initiatives the government is working on. Hong Kong’s first organic resources recovery centre, O∙PARK, is a large-scale waste-to-energy facility with the major target for treating food waste generated from the industrial and commercial sectors including manufacturers, restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. Furthermore, EcoPark and the Recycling Fund are backing the recycling industry to develop enhanced technology to improve waste recovery rates.

At the same time, a HK$300 million “Pilot Green” transportation fund supports the testing of green and innovative technologies for public transport and goods vehicles. The green bond issuance plan promotes the development of green finance in Hong Kong. Moreover, the government will enhance tax concessions for capital expenditure incurred by enterprises in procuring eligible energy-efficient building installations and renewable energy devices by allowing tax deductions to be claimed in full in one year, instead of the current time frame of five years.

“With all these initiatives, we will make Hong Kong cleaner, and save more,” pledged Mr Wong.

Waste management and recycling
At a “chit-chat” panel discussion, Victor Li, Immediate Past Chairperson of the Hong Kong Waste Management Association, and Wolfgang Ehmann, Executive Director of German Industry and Commerce Ltd also examined the issue.

Mr Li noted that waste should be considered a resource, not just waste. To capitalise on future opportunities in the sector, he said waste management should be seriously regarded as resource management: “It’s just a different resource.”

He explained that Hong Kong is setting an example, sharing expertise with the Chinese mainland in addressing the challenge. “Hong Kong is energetic, agile and smart,” he said. “We know how to find the world’s leading experts. We are comfortable that we know what we are doing. We know this is the best way and we have the resources to spend.” But the big question is “how to persuade Hong Kong companies to join our initiatives? We just have to wake up a lot of people.”

Mr Ehmann predicted that waste management and recycling was an industry set for major expansion. “It is a huge issue and challenge worldwide”, he said. “Extending even beyond countries to the ocean, where revelations of giant islands of plastic waste are shocking the world.”

The Secretary for the Environment finally stressed that government efforts alone are not enough. As Hong Kong is set to become a key pillar of the Chinese mainland’s Belt and Road Initiative, and the cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area seek to enhance quality living in a greener environment, he called on industry and society to work together for a more sustainable future.

Eco Expo Asia 2018
Looking ahead, Eco Expo Asia 2018 in October is the region’s premier business platform of its kind, which last year welcomed 335 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, and more than 14,000 buyers from 102 countries and regions, including industry leaders and members of the green tech community from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Asia and beyond.

“Having achieved record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers last year, we have much to look forward to as we prepare for the 2018 edition,” said Mr Chau. “I’m sure this year’s Eco Expo Asia will once again attract plenty of buyers and suppliers from around the world to Hong Kong – to do business, network and exchange ideas on innovative green solutions,” he added.

Waste Management and Recycling is again one of the largest exhibition zones along with Water Treatment & Quality Management and Green Transportation. A Startup zone is also an ideal platform for new ventures to showcase their green innovations and solutions to potential buyers, manufacturers and investors – with young entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the globe welcome to participate.

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Promoting Safe & Sustainable Food Supply a Key Focus at CropLife Asia 2018 Annual General Meeting
 
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Mar 28, 2018
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Singapore Hosts Plant Science Industry Leaders as Regional Food Security, Safety take Centerstage

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - CropLife Asia's 2018 Annual General Meeting was conducted for the past two days in Singapore -- bringing together leaders in the plant science industry and a host of food value chain stakeholders. This annual event provides a platform for agricultural sector experts to share insights around the topic of how best to ensure a safe and sustainable food supply in Asia as well as global and regional best practices.

By 2050, the global population is projected to rise to around 10 billion. Ensuring a sustainable supply of food that is safe and nutritious is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. This challenge is particularly pronounced within Southeast Asia where critical factors suggest a deteriorating landscape. Just last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released findings that food security conditions had worsened in more vulnerable parts of the world - including South Eastern and Western Asia. Also contained in the FAO data were troubling statistics indicating that the number of undernourished people globally is increasing - up from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.

"With food insecurity on the rise in Asia, ensuring a sustainable supply of safe and nutritious food in our region is critically important," said Tina Lawton, President of CropLife Asia. "The plant science industry of Asia remains steadfast in its support of our region's farmers to grow more food, and to ensuring our technology is used responsibly in that pursuit."

Asia is home to the smallest-sized farms and the largest number of smallholder farmers globally. It's estimated that 85% of the world's 525 million smallholder farmers live and work within our continent - around 100 million in Southeast Asia alone. With fewer resources and more unique challenges to mitigate such as access to technology, landholder rights, finance availability, and climate change, smallholder farmers in the region face a daunting task.

"The challenge of feeding a growing population calls for a shared solution among food and agriculture stakeholders that ensures success, sustainability and good stewardship," added Dr. Siang Hee, Executive Director of CropLife Asia. "The innovative technologies of plant science are a key component of the solution. At CropLife Asia, we remain committed to working with our fellow food and agriculture stakeholders to ensure farmers have access to the modern tools and technology they need to do the job."

The advancements of Asia's plant science industry are providing invaluable tools for the region's smallholder farmer toolbox. These technologies are better enabling farmers to sustainably increase their yields, use fewer resources, and minimize the impact on our environment.

Without crop protection products, almost 50% of the world's food would be lost to pests and disease. The protection these advanced pesticides provide isn't limited to the field - they also help prolong the viable life and prevent post-harvest losses of these crops while in storage as well. With arable land being converted for other uses, crop protection products help farmers to grow more food on less land.

Meanwhile, biotech crops are helping increase crop productivity, conserve biodiversity and increase farmer incomes. The technology has also helped slow the advance of climate change by reducing carbon emissions. In 2015 alone, it's estimated that biotech crop plantings lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 26.7 billion kg which is equivalent to removing around 12 million cars from the road for an entire year. Farmer income gains from 1996-2015 generated globally by biotech crops amounted to about US $167.8 billion.

The newly-elected Board of Directors was also officially presented during the Annual General Meeting. The CropLife Asia 2018 Board consists of:

-- Ms. Tina Lawton - President, CropLife Asia (Syngenta)
-- Mr. Gustavo Carneiro - Vice President, CropLife Asia (BASF)
-- Mr. Jagresh Rana - Treasurer, CropLife Asia (Monsanto)
-- Ms. Bethwyn Todd - Secretary, CropLife Asia (FMC)

The CropLife Asia 2018 Annual General Meeting concluded today, Wednesday, March 28.

About CropLife Asia
CropLife Asia is a non-profit society and the regional organization of CropLife International, the voice of the global plant science industry. We advocate a safe, secure food supply, and our vision is food security enabled by innovative agriculture. CropLife Asia supports the work of 15 member associations across the continent and is led by seven member companies at the forefront of crop protection, seeds and/or biotechnology research and development. For more information, visit us atwww.croplifeasia.org.

For more information please contact:
Duke Hipp
Director, Public Affairs
CropLife Asia
T: +65 6221 1615
E: duke.hipp@croplifeasia.org

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Avaada Power Felicitated for Its Community Development & Women Empowerment Programs with ET Now CSR Leadership Award
 
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Avaada Power Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading clean energy company, has been working for the overall development of underserved communities across the country. The organization has launched multiple programs directed towards empowering women through skill building, rural electrification, quality education and promoting health-care. Recognized for its sustained efforts, Avaada has been felicitated with ET Now CSR Leadership Award for overall Community Development and specifically for Women Empowerment.

Avaada has enabled women, especially in villages, to earn a sustainable income through its skill building program. Located across India, Avaada’s NavKiran Stitching & Tailoring Center offers certification courses. Through Self Help Groups, trainees are earning a regular income by using the skills learnt. In its campaign to bring village schools on par with those in city, Avaada has powered classrooms with solar rooftop systems. Digital Centers have been launched to help youth be conversant with computers and the opportunities it presents. Village schools have been refurbished to offer more conducive learning environment.

Through off-grid solar energy projects, Avaada has been able to bring electricity access to far flung villages in Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh. To ensure good health of the communities, Avaada has helped rural communities gain access to much needed medical aid. Apart from organizing regular health camps, the organization has been focusing on sanitation and other preventive measures. In line with this thought, the organization has also built household toilets in rural communities.

Mr. Vineet Mittal, Chairman, Avaada Group “Our inclusivity model delivers growth not just for the organization but for the society at large. Through our sustainability initiatives we are seeking to achieve widespread impact, by first identifying the issues and then launching customized campaigns to holistically address the problems. Creating opportunities for a better quality of life in local communities through rural electrification, skill building, effective health-care and quality education are as a much a priority for us as our business. To be felicitated for all our efforts with the ET Now Leadership Awards is a great honor. This is a memorable moment for all of us at Avaada.”

Avaada Power has always followed the philosophy of giving back to the society. For the overall development of the society, Avaada Power operates around its five pillars of education, enabling empowerment, protecting environment, promoting health care and lighting up rural India.

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