October 30, 2013

Forget peak oil; peak trash is the world's real concern

Forget about peak oil. An Ontario researcher says the real concern facing the planet should be peak trash.

"Solid waste is an incredibly useful proxy for total global impact," said Daniel Hoornweg of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, who published a commentary on the issue in Wednesday's edition of the science journal Nature.

"This paper is basically saying that we're on track to triple the impact - the global damage - to the planet. Arguably, the planet's having a pretty hard time today dealing with the damage that we're inflicting on it."

Calgary Herald