Scientists warn that disposable coffee cups from their favorite coffee shops could take as long as 30 years to break down…increasing the burden for waste disposal. According to Lisa O’Carroll of The Guardian, campaigners are calling for an increase of tax for the U.K.’s nearly 5 billion paper and plastic take-away cups they produce a year. While many believe these cups can be recycled, they are wrong. While most people in the U.K. toss the cups in the green paper recycling bins, the recycling facilities cannot remove the plastic lining which coffee cups must have to insulate the coffee; therefore, the cups are wasted. Chris Cheeseman, a professor of materials resources engineering at Imperial College London, says “the polyethylene is resistant to degradation and could take around 30 years to break down. Even then we don’t know for sure, because nobody has looked at the cup specifically,” added Cheeseman. The market is ripe for a truly biodegradable or recyclable option. Efforts are being taken by major coffee companies to trial eco-friendly cups as well as to provide incentives for customers to return their used cups for a rebate.
NanoTEC for Smart Communities
Meeting Date: October 23-24, 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada
Join Dr. Jo Anne Shatkin for the NanoTEC for Smart Communities conference as she participates in the “Health-Toxicology” panel discussion.
Safe and ethical deployment has been a prime consideration since the emergence of nanotechnology as a cross-sectoral enabling technology. While materials properties change drastically with particle size below 100 nm, so can the material’s potential toxicity. While Canada is well equipped with state-of-the-art materials characterization facilities thanks to the CFI, do we have the appropriate tools to assess toxicity of materials? Can we thus support industry appropriately in commercializing their products while responding to government regulations? What is needed to address these issues?
7th Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference 2018 (SNO)
Meeting Date: November 8-10, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
The 2018 SNO conference talks will feature applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system that contribute to sustainability. For more information or to register, please visit the 2018 SNO conference website.
Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
Meeting Date: November 8, 2018
Location: North Carolina, USA
The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA. Register to attend today!
SRA 2018 Annual Meeting
Meeting Date: December 2-6, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Join SRA for the 2018 Annual Meeting to discuss and share ideas about risk analysis with risk enthusiasts from around the world! Attendees of the SRA annual meetings are scientists and practitioner who are trained in multiple disciplines and work with a variety of different organization types. More information can be found by visiting SRA's event page.
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date! The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this event will be: "Development and Resilience". More information to come.