Forcing rich countries to keep and process all of their own recycling isn't the best way to protect the environment.
For Adam Minter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Letting the private sector manage the world's highest mountain would reduce overcrowding and improve safety.
Several manned lunar landings are needed if the U.S. wants to head off China in space.
The way officials have responded to the spread of African swine fever has brought back uncomfortable memories of SARS.
The country could make biodegradable products mainstream, but that won't stop its trash from choking the oceans.
As the number of independent travelers rises, Beijing will have a harder time using them to punish countries such as New Zealand.
This would be a good moment for Asian countries to recognize the economic value of allowing dual citizenship.
A proposal to ban the paper slips, like plastic straws, asks little of citizens and will have just as little impact on the environment.
For much of the emerging world, the key to reducing pollution is making the transition to battery-powered motorcycles and scooters.
Skipping straws may be hip. But there are much better ways to fight pollution.