Computer giant Dell is launching an industry first pilot to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards – which it will ship in a convertible laptop in the spring.
The types of waste electronics Dell will harvest from includes end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, solar panels, mobile phones, and computers. In 2016 the world generated e-waste equal in weight to almost 4,500 Eiffel Towers, or 1.23m fully loaded 18-wheel 40-ton trucks - enough to form a line 28,160 km long, the distance from New York to Bangkok and back.
Dell is also launching a collaboration with actress Nikki Reed – best known for her role as Rosalie in Twilight –on a limited edition jewellery collection, The Circular Collection by Bayou with Love, which is sourced from gold recovered from Dell's recycling programmes.
According to a Trucost study, the gold reclamation process created by Dell environmental partner Wistron GreenTech has a 99% lower environmental impact than traditionally mined gold. Since 2012, Dell has recycled more than 50 million pounds of post-consumer recycled materials into new products. Dell's Legacy of Good Program pledges to recycle 100 million pounds of recycled content into its product portfolio by 2020
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University used old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker to create a wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone.
BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering systems (both pictured above), made it to help people in developing countries with poor access to electricity.
Designed for near-shore use, it can generate 5.6 watts from a regular supply of 20 centimetre high waves, making it capable to power a regular mobile charger.
Owen, 23, originally from Dore in Sheffield, Yorkshire, said: "Many developing countries have a limited electrical network, particularly those like the Philippines which are spread over a number of islands.
"But a small-scale product like this, partly made from reused goods which are widely available, could help provide power to coastal areas."
A new study reveals increasing temperatures are turning marine Green Turtle populations almost completely female - 99% - in the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Roads like the East-West Highway, a remote highway in the north of Peninsular Malaysia, can pose huge challenges for landscape connectivity and the movement of wildlife. Research on how this road affects elephant movements has led to calls from a team of wildlife conservationists at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and other partner institutions to avoid any further expansion of this road. They also want to see a reduction in and the enforcement of speed limits as well as considering a limit on traffic volumes at night.
A University of Leicester student has participated in a new video that promotes his environmental research – and highlights opportunities for fellow researchers. Stylianos (Stelios) Spathariotis, a Mining and Metallurgical Engineer coming from Greece is currently working for his PhD in Electrochemistry in the Chemistry Department of the University of Leicester.
A new organisation hopes that independent testing system will enable consumers to make the right choices in the cars they buy – both new and used.
Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, outlines his vision in a short film made to mark the company's 18th annual sustainability report.
Lush cosmetics has collaborated with James Cropper 3D Products to create packaging for its solid bath oils from recycled coffee cups, notoriously difficult to reuse.
Two conventional UK farmers talk about how they successfully grow crops without bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides, and why they support a ban.
Crickets can contain up to three times more protein than your average piece of steak, and research has found that cricket production has a lower negative impact on the environment than the farming of chickens.