November 2019 Archive

November 5, 2019
Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming (NYT)

A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not. The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that are either not known for oil or whose production has been lackluster in recent years.

November 4, 2019
Companies Go to New Depths for Ocean Plastic in Recycling Push (WSJ)

Multinationals like Coca-Cola, Adidas and HP reuse trash fished from seas or collected on coastlines. Since 2017, Dell has recycled 27 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic collected within 50 kilometers (31 miles) of coastlines or waterways in the developing world. The company reuses the material for packaging and is expanding the initiative. HP Inc. says it sourced 450 metric tons of trash at risk of reaching the sea in Haiti, equivalent to 35 million plastic bottles, to make ink cartridges and parts of laptops and monitors. The tech companies, together with General Motors Co. , Interface and others, have partnered under the two-year-old NextWave Plastics consortium to commercialize supply chains that prevent plastic getting to oceans.

November 1, 2019
Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery

AA batteries are one of Amazon’s smallest and most popular products. Amazon is fiercely secretive about its corporate footprint and masks its operations through a discreet network of outsourcing, making its supply chain hard to unravel.