Chinese universities have warmly embraced the recycling initiative by Cainiao Network Technology, Alibaba Group's smart logistics arm, which aims to minimize wastage of packaging materials. According to the company, around 2,000 universities nationwide have set up carton-sharing stations where packaging for goods are recycled or reused. At Shanghai Jiao Tong University, some 24,000 packages – four times the usual volume - are expected to be received following this year's Singles' Day shopping extravaganza on Nov 11. The company's recycling initiative is now into its third year. According to Zhao Degang, a teacher from the university's management office, both its campuses in Xuhui and Minhang districts have set up stations that are estimated to recycle nearly 3,000 packaging boxes every day. "Young people do more online shopping now and the initiative is a key opportunity to let the young generation know environmental protection can be done in a very simple manner such as … [Read more...] about Universities jump on carton recycling bandwagon
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It's nearly half a century since the 'green movement' started, but it's the next 50 years that will be most crucial to the planet. What was once a marginal concern for a minority is now a mainstream priority, so much so that 71 per cent of the British public recently said that the climate crisis was more important to them than Brexit. Here we look at what Friends of the Earth, the world's largest grassroots environmental organisation, is doing to save the environment and how you can get involved in the UK. Friends of the Earth was founded in the UK in 1971 and is part of the world's biggest grassroots environmental organisation Who are Friends of the Earth? Friends of the Earth was founded in 1971 by four organisations from the UK, USA, France and Sweden. Their mission was to campaign on both local and international issues to protect the environment and the people in it, and create sustainable societies for future … [Read more...] about The organisations tackling the climate crisis: Who are Friends of the Earth, what do they do and how can you get involved?
SHI YU/CHINA DAILY Editor's note: China is the country of the largest express delivery service industry, with 100 million parcels delivered each day on average. But the fast expanding sector is also plagued by problems such as the stealing and selling of private information, unsustainable financing, and insufficient waste recycling. Four experts share their opinions with China Daily's Wu Zheyu on how to better regulate the courier service. Excerpts below: Educate employees about rules Qiu Baochang, director of the Consumers' Rights Protection Committee of the Beijing Lawyers Association A new cyber-security law that takes effect from June 1 prohibits online service providers from inappropriately collecting and selling users' personal data. The move to strengthen customer privacy protection has sparked a public debate. A 2016 report about the protection of people's personal information shows that about half of the 480 million e-commerce consumers had their private information leaked … [Read more...] about The challenge of regulating courier firms
It is six months since we installed our biomass, pellet boiler and I love it to bits. It's good-looking - curvy and finished in a glossy letterbox red - and it oozes personality, rumbling and groaning when it gets started in the morning, roaring when it reaches full pelt. Not long ago we had a boring white box of an oil burner. Now, it's like we have a new pet. It had long been an ambition of mine to install some kind of renewable technology in our home. So a little more than a year ago, faced with an old boiler coming to the end of its life, we decided to look at our options. We were, it turns out, ahead of the curve. Yesterday the government launched its renewable-energy strategy, their blueprint for what they say is an achievable energy revolution. The UK is required by the EU to generate 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020. The government intends to do this by building vast offshore windfarms and increasing our use of bio-energy - but they also hope to encourage the … [Read more...] about Boiling point
When people are rushing between headliners at festivals, the last thing on their minds might be how to recycle their food containers, or where they put their reusable cup. But, with more and more focus on going green, festivals across the UK are pledging to cut back on plastics, leftover waste and even glitter. So, BBC Reality Check asks - what are the biggest environmental impacts of festivals and what's being done to combat them? TravelIn the UK, transport accounts for most greenhouse gas emissions at 26%, according to the Office for National Statistics. And similarly, audience travel to and from sites tends to make up most of a festival's carbon footprint. Cars, lift shares and trains are the most popular forms of transport.Festival goers might not want to take public transport while carrying the weekend's supplies on their backs. But, with UK audience numbers hitting nearly four million in 2016, live music events might need to take further steps to reduce their emissions. Most … [Read more...] about Can music festivals go green?