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Importing Used Electronics from Developed Countries to Nigeria: Problems and Solutions

By |April 17th 2019| energy & waste, , , , |

While Nigeria has made a leap in access to information communication technology (ICT) and the Internet in the past two decades, many of its residents still depend on imported used electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE). Since many of them turn out to be waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), they worsen the challenge of electronic waste management. Prof. Oladele Osibanjo and Dr. Innocent Nnorom discuss this trade along with its environmental and human health implications.

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Through the Gender Lens: Recommendations for Municipal Waste Management

By |April 16th 2019| energy & waste, , , , , |

In Bamenda, Cameroon, municipal waste management remains blind to how gender roles shape waste generation. Hedwig K. Ngwa Akum analyses how bridging the gender gap between waste generation and waste management would improve sanitation in the city.

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Sao Paulo’s Strategy for Organic Waste Management

By |April 11th 2019| energy & waste, , , , , |

In Brazil, Latin America’s largest country in terms of population, the City of Sao Paulo is committed to recycle organics. In 2015, the City embarked on a journey towards separate collection of organics, thus enabling the production of high-quality compost.

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From Plastic Waste Trade War to Circular Economy

By |April 9th 2019| energy & waste, , , |

Plastic pollution is an enormous environmental problem around the globe. It is only through the creation of functioning local and global circular economies that the problem can be solved. Doug Woodring, founder of Plasticity Forum and Trish Hyde, founder of The Plastics Circle, suggest a 5-point-plan to optimise plastic's Second Life potential.

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Waste Prevention Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development

By |April 4th 2019| energy & waste, , , , |

In order to save energy and resources, and to prevent waste from harming the environment, recycling is not enough. Cities should try to avoid waste production altogether, argue URBANET authors Carina Koop, Jennifer Schinkel, and Henning Wilts.

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The Forgotten Water – The Role of Decentralised Wastewater Management in Jakarta’s Socio-Ecological System

By |April 2nd 2019| water & sanitation, , , , , , , |

Jakarta has responded to regular flooding by proposing gigantic infrastructure projects such as sea walls to keep the water at bay. But the main problem is that the city does not consider the land-water ecosystem as a whole, says Prathiwi W. Putri.

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COP24: Outcomes Strengthen Multilevel Governance for Raising Ambition

By |March 28th 2019| climate change & resilience, governance & finance, , , , |

Multilevel governance is essential to the implementation of resilient infrastructure in cities around the world. For our spotlight on urban infrastructure, Jisun Hwang, Senior Climate Advocacy and Policy Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, sums up what COP24 holds for local governments' resilience strategies.

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Cape Town’s Future is Renewable

By |March 26th 2019| basic infrastructure & housing, energy & waste, , , , |

Cape Town is committed to providing clean, affordable and accessible energy to all its residents. Increasing the use of renewable energy, implementing innovative financing options, and challenging national energy legislation are some of the ways the city hopes to shift away from a history of inequality, writes Mary Haw.

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Using Forests for Water Treatment: An Example from Rio de Janeiro

By |March 21st 2019| basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , |

Ecosystem loss and degradation contributes to water insecurity worldwide – natural infrastructure strategies that protect and restore natural systems aim to halt and reverse this trend. Suzanne Ozment and Rafael Feltran-Barbieri discuss how water utilities can profit from restoring ecosystems.

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