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EU law requires companies to fix electronic goods for up to 10 years

Euronews: “Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers, or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, to help reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent. The “right to repair,” as it is sometimes called, comes into force across the 27-nation bloc on Monday. It is part of a broader effort to cut the environmental footprint of manufactured goods by making them more durable and energy-efficient. “This is a really big step in the right direction,” said Daniel Affelt of the environmental group BUND-Berlin, which runs several “repair cafes” where people can bring in their broken appliances and get help fixing them up again. Modern appliances are often glued or riveted together, he said. “If you need special tools or have to break open the device, then you can’t repair it.”

…Each year, Europeans produce more than 16 kilograms (35 pounds) of electrical waste per person. About half of that junk is due to broken household appliances, and the EU recycles only about 40% of it, leaving behind huge amounts of potentially hazardous material.German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said that the next step should see manufacturers forced to state how long a product is expected to work for and repair it if it breaks down earlier. This would encourage companies to build more durable products, she said…”

See also TechRepublic – Right to repair moves forward for your broken devices. But campaigners want to go much further

Flood Factor – Find your home’s Flood Factor

“Flood Factor is a free online tool created by the nonprofit First Street Foundation that makes it easy for Americans to find their property’s risk of flooding and understand how flood risks are changing because of a changing environment. Flood Factor was created to make the most cutting edge flood science. First Street Foundation aims… Continue Reading

Forest Service, NASA upgrade online active fire mapping tool

“Today, the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is releasing a new online active fire mapping tool to better support fire suppression efforts in North America. The new Fire Information for Resource Management System US/Canada application will provide wildfire management teams and the public real-time access to data, maps and… Continue Reading

How to (properly) get rid of all your e-waste

Mashable: “…“Globally, e-waste is the most traded hazardous waste on the planet,” Jim Puckett, the executive director of the Basel Action Network (BAN) said. BAN is an electronics recycling watchdog organization that monitors where electronic waste ends up after being “recycled.” Unfortunately, all too often, e-waste from affluent countries like the U.S. gets shipped offshore… Continue Reading

Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 – in pictures

The Guardian: “From majestic landscapes, intimate animal portraits and intriguing night-time views beneath the ocean’s surface, to glimpses of cultures across the world, the winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 present a view of life on our planet at a time in which travel has been difficult or impossible. The winning images… Continue Reading

ABA celebrates Black History Month with monthlong webinar series

“The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will celebrate Black History Month with a webinar series for various days in February, The Challenges that African Americans Face in the 21st Century, begins Wednesday, Feb. 3 and will run on Feb. 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 23, 25 and 26. The series… Continue Reading