Lydia Heida

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Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Lydia Heida

Journalist & photographer. Specialised in: resource efficiency, recycling, renewable energy and food. 

My work has been published in: Yale Environment 360, the largest quality newspaper of the Netherlands (de Volkskrant), Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Professional Engineering Magazine, GreenBiz and many more. 

I write in English and Dutch. My articles have been translated into various languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Japanese.

More than 15 years of experience as a journalist and photographer. 

I am available for media-outlets that are looking for an experienced journalist. My work is focused on writing in-depth feature articles, interviews and columns. 

Website: http://terratechmedia.com/

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English Spanish Dutch

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In the past years, I have investigated many topics. These include: - The world’s first industrial-scale plant to recycle carbon dioxide from flue stack emissions into fuel by using renewable energy. - Looming metal scarcity as a threat to sustainable energy. - The dismantling and recycling of oil and gas platforms. - The first technology worldwide to dye textiles by using supercritical carbon dioxide instead of water. - Fraud in the organic vegetables industry. - The illegal use of water to grow millions of tons of vegetables in Spain which are destined for Northwest Europe. - The development of small scale reactors to turn flare gas into fuel. - A new way to recycle aluminium from drink cartons. - Air pollution in Beijing. - EU investments: it turned out that a sliver of their multi-billion euro budget is spent on recycling projects. - The recycling of old aircraft. See my portfolio, www.terratechmedia.com, for these articles.


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Nanomaterials: a new threat to the recycling industry? A large variety of nanomaterials is used in consumer products and industrial applications, and many of these products have reached the end of their life. However, studies have shown that various types of nanomaterials cause toxic effects, which makes the development of appropriate recycling strategies imperative. Published: November 2018 in Recycling International


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EU's investments in the recycling sector From April 2015 to September 2017, I wrote a monthly column about Europe's waste and recycling sectors for Recycling & Waste World (UK). I discovered, among others, that the EU is spending only a sliver of their multi-billion euro budget on recycling projects. This stands in sharp contrast to ambitious plans of creating a circular economy in the EU, which requires much more funding.


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Zolang bean-to-bar makers bar weinig chocola verkopen, profiteren telers amper van de hogere prijs Kleine spelers tonen weg naar duurzame chocolade. Wanneer volgen grote spelers en consument? Chocolatemakers ontwikkelde een bean-to-bar concept dat duurzaamheid over de hele linie naar een hoger niveau tilt. Op de eerste plaats staat betaling van een echt eerlijke prijs aan telers voor biologische bonen. Daarbij komt onder meer CO2-neutraal vervoer van de bonen met een zeilschip, gebruik van groene energie om de chocoladerepen te maken en recyclebare verpakkingen. Toch lopen ook zij tegen obstakels aan die 100 procent duurzaamheid in de weg staan. De vraag is dus: hoe verder? Publicatie: maart 2019 op de website van MO* https://www.mo.be/reportage/kleine-spelers-tonen-de-weg-naar-100-procent-duurzame-chocolade-wanneer-volgen-grote


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In 2011, I started to explore which technologies were being developed to recycle the most notorious waste material of our time: carbon dioxide. It led to the discovery of an unknown Icelandic company that was building the world’s first industrial-scale plant to recycle carbon dioxide from flue stack emissions into fuel by using renewable energy. This research is still ongoing. Currently, many innovations to recycle carbon dioxide are moving out of the lab and are being scaled up. For example, Dutch company DyeCoo has developed the first technology worldwide to dye textiles by using supercritical carbon dioxide instead of water. This eliminates the discharge of chemically polluted waste water. More than 50 media, such as Zeit Online, Wall Street Journal and GreenBiz, linked to or reviewed my story about DyeCoo, which was written for Yale Environment 360. See my articles: http://terratechmedia.com/articles/ And my images: http://terratechmedia.com/images/


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