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.
2017 Global Summit for Regulatory Science
Date: September 18-20, 2017
Location: Brasilia, Brazil
This year's theme for the event will be "Emerging Technologies for Drug and Food Safety".
Session topics include: Global Regulatory Landscape for Drug and Food Safety, Emerging Technologies for Drug and Food Safety, Emerging Fields and Big Data for Drug and Food Safety, Towards Acceptance of New Approaches to Safety Assessment, Reproducible Science, Towards Acceptance of New Approaches to Safety Assessment, Good Regulatory Practices, Panel Discussions (following each session), & Poster Sessions
There is no registration fee to attend; however, registration is required. Please register to attend today!
Nano Canada 2017
Date: September 25-26, 2017
Location: Montréal, Canada.
Dr. Kimberly Ong of Vireo Advisors will present Vireo’s ongoing collaborative work* entitled, "Advancing Adverse Outcome Pathways as a Tool for the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials – the NanoAOP Project", during NanoCanada's first national conference: Converging on Nanomanufacturing.
The conference will bring together experts from all sectors with a focus on collaborative innovation in nanomanufacturing. Dr. Ong will be chairing the Nanotechnology Standards, Regulations, and Health and Safety session, featuring a wide range of invited speakers from standards organizations, consulting firms, the chemicals industry, and government.
To register to attend the conference, please visit the event website.
Bio-Based Live 2017
Date: September 26-27, 2017
Location: San Diego, California
Make plans to attend Bio-Based Live 2017 along with Vireo's Dr. Jo Anne Shatkin. This year's show will consist of two content streams:
1. Process Innovation & Technology
(Developing bio-based and green innovations that are cost-competitive at commercial scale.)
2. Sustainable Products (Improving the triple bottom line for brands and retailers by placing bio-based and green adoption at the heart of sustainability strategies.)
For more information, please visit the event website.
SRA 2017:Risk Analysis: The Profession, The Practitioners, The Research
Plan to attend the SRA Annual Meeting from December 10-14, 2017 in Arlington, VA for the premier opportunity to discuss all avenues of risk analysis with other risk enthusiasts from around the globe. Attendees are scientists and practitioners, trained in multiple disciplines and employed across a variety of organizations, who gather annually to share their diverse perspectives.
Click here to access the registration form for the event.
For questions regarding the Emerging Nanoscale Materials Specialty Group at SRA, please contact Vireo Advisor's James Ede, Interim Chair of the ENMSG at email@example.com.
SRA World Congress 2019
The Society for Risk Analysis
Fifth World Congress on Risk will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from Monday, 6 May 2019 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this event will be: "Development and Resilience".