BROKEN (H)EARTH

par Emma Nicolas (EnvIM 2018)   When thinking about planet Earth, the first adjective that comes to one’s mind is usually the “blue planet”. Indeed, water composes no less than 75% of the Earth’s total surface (Fig.1). But what about the ground? If water is absolutely necessary to life (and actually complex life came out from water), soils shelter all terrestrial species, including humans. Not only have they been giving

How China’s waste import ban makes the world rethink its waste?

par Yiwen XU (EnvIM 2018)   In July 2017, the General Office of China’s State Council issued the Prohibition of Foreign Garbage Imports: The Reform Plan on Solid Waste Import Management, proposing that in 2018, China will ban the import of four classes of waste, including waste plastics from households, unsorted waste paper, waste textile materials, and vanadium slag. What is more, in April 2018, the Ministry of Ecology and

China’s many hurdles to green its electricity production

par Lauren Harry-Villain (EnvIM 2018)   As China has been the world’s biggest energy consumer since 2009 and is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter (International Energy Agency, 2017), it should play a crucial role in the global effort to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby limit climate change. Notwithstanding the fact that it consumes more coal than any other country by far (IEA, 2018), the country has shown in recent years

Qu’est-ce que l’impression 3D peut faire pour la planète?

par Maite Manzano (RSEDD 2018)   En 2013, le président des États Unis, alors Barack Obama, a prononcé un message inattendu dans son discours de l’État de l’Union: “L’impression 3D a le