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Brazilian Deforestation Affects the Entire Earth

Brazilian Deforestation Affects the Entire Earth

“It’s ours, not yours” sounds like the words of a petulant child. Yet, this was the retort of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking to a European journalist in 2019. He was referring to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world and a significant carbon sink. Even though 60 per cent of this mighty […]

Why Are Fossil Fuel Companies Investing In Tree Planting?

Why Are Fossil Fuel Companies Investing In Tree Planting?

Fossil fuels are responsible for almost 90 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 20 fossil fuel companies have contributed 35 per cent of all modern greenhouse gas emissions. To offset the damage they cause, many oil, gas and coal companies are investing in tree planting. However, this alone will not repair the damage […]

CCUS in 2021: The Latest on Carbon Capture & Storage

CCUS facility

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology is not yet widely adopted around the world. But, a growing number of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs say that in 2021, carbon capture technologies will “explode” in popularity and adoption. Support for CCUS technology in 2021 The world pumps over 36 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the […]

American Forest Management

American forest management

What is American forest management? American forest management is vital work. It preserves the country’s natural health and beauty while providing jobs and livelihoods. Today, forests cover approximately one-third of the US’s land area. These forests have to be maintained for ecological and commercial reasons. The vast majority of this forest land (58 per cent) […]

Is a Tree a Plant?

A tree among grass

The simple answer to this question, “Is a tree a plant?”, is yes. Trees are a type of plant with their own features. All types of plants share similar characteristics; they have roots, stems and leaves, they turn sunlight into food through photosynthesis and they absorb CO2 to release oxygen. But, it’s important to remember that […]

Pipeline Petroleum

Pipeline Petroleum

What is pipeline petroleum? Petroleum, also known as crude oil, is a common fossil fuel. Petroleum pipelines transport oil or natural gas liquids. It is the cheapest and most efficient method of moving the product from production wells, to refineries, to distribution centres. Nevertheless, numerous incidents have shown the detrimental effects petroleum pipelines can have […]

Latest News About Oil Sands

Oil barrel from Canada

Discover the latest news about oil sands, updated weekly on Action Aid Recycling Update: June 18th, 2021 As the battle over Keystone XL pipeline dies, another one looms Last week, Canada’s TC Energy Corporation finally threw in the towel and accepted the inevitable. The USD $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline, first proposed in 2008 to […]

Fort McMurray’s Fire: How Did it Begin?

Fort McMurray’s Wildfire: How Did it Begin?

In spring 2016, the Fort McMurray fire forced the evacuation of almost 90,000 residents in Alberta, Canada and consumed about 590,000 hectares. It temporarily shut down 40 per cent of Canada’s total oil sands output, though it did not damage production facilities. Burning questions, such as how the fire started and why it was so […]

How to recycle your old mobile phone

mobile phone recycling

How do you dispose of your old mobile phones? This question is being asked more and more often nowadays, with new smartphone technologies being constantly introduced. As a result, mobile phones are replaced by more modern models, on average every two years. 1 Mobile phones that have been degraded are in turn resold or simply end up […]

Electronic Waste: A Danger To Our Environment

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is a component of electronic equipment, which includes a vast array of devices, for example personal computers, tablets, DVD players, printers, office equipment and CD players. People often describe used e-waste as a “dead” material. However, it is usually just a short period of time before it starts to emit toxic gasses and […]