We can stop plastic pollution at the design stage - here's how

plastic-bottles
Marine plastic pollution, commonly referred to as marine plastic litter, is a major global environmental problem. It harms marine species through ingestion and entanglement, violates the integrity of ecosystems, inhibits growth of marine plants, accumulates and transports pathogens that may cause disease and injuries to marine animals, plants and humans, and partly ends up in the food chain. Moreover, it causes economic losses due to reduced fish...
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Bill Gates: Here's what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Bill Gates: Here's what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine
As we continue to socially distance in a bid to reduce the effect of COVID-19, it's important to understand where we are in terms of a vaccine.Predictions show it could take anywhere from 9 months to 2 years to create a vaccine.From there, it's just the small matter of producing upwards of 7 billion doses, for the global population.Here Bill Gates looks at what's already being done to create a vaccine against coronavirus. One of the questions I g...
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Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges
The world in 2020 is looking more turbulent and uncertain than ever. Powerful economic, demographic and technological forces are rewiring international politics. According to the World Economic Forum's new Global Risks Report, structural shifts are encouraging nation-states to adopt more transactional and unilateral postures. Some nations are abandoning old alliances, questioning the value of multilateralism and retreating to narrowly defined nat...
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As deforestation surges, Brazil moves to weaken indigenous and environmental safeguards

As deforestation surges, Brazil moves to weaken indigenous and environmental safeguards
Critics accuse Bolsonaro and allies of using the pandemic as cover to rush through amnesty for past destruction and occupation of forested land, and expose indigenous land to higher risk of occupation. With attention focused on the escalating healthcare crisis in Brazil, the administration of Jair Bolsonaro is attempting to push through new rules which would weaken safeguards against the invasion of indigenous lands and the deforestation of the A...
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Coronavirus and capitalism: How will the virus change the way the world works?

Coronavirus and capitalism: How will the virus change the way the world works?
Economist Mariana Mazzucato believes that the COVID-19 pandemic will shine light onto societal and economic systems all across the world, exposing some of the flaws of a capitalist society.She says it is also likely to change the way we view work, especially in regard to the gig economy and workers' rights. This triple crisis has revealed several problems with how we do capitalism, all of which must be solved at the same time that we address the ...
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Can collective action cure what's ailing our food systems?

Can collective action cure what's ailing our food systems?
Food production has huge implications for health and the environment.Collective action is needed to pool capital, resources and knowledge.Food Action Alliance launched with that aim in mind. The current global food system is not structured to cope with a rapidly growing population, climate shocks and the rise of both hunger and obesity. Under business-as-usual scenarios, an estimated 637 million people will still be undernourished, while health s...
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Talking to the experts: an interview with Clare Shakya, Director of Climate Change group at IIED

Interview with Clare Shakya
A big part of my research when writing the technical content for my educational comic books comes from talking to subject matter experts. At no time is this more important than for the subject of climate change, a constantly evolving field.  Climate change is still a controversial topic for many people who are confused by the apparent lack of evidence in their day to day lives. Yet the evidence is all around them, and there are millions...
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Earth Day is about Climate Action

Extract from The Adventures of Polo the Bear, by Alan J. Hesse
Earth Day is being widely and rightly celebrated around the world as I type. This is good, this is great! But its not nearly enough. One could argue that 'Earth Day' is redundant, for the simple reason that every day should be Earth Day, in the same way that every day should be Mother's Day or Children's Day.  If what we aim to achieve with Earth Day is for a lot of people to remember the fragility of the Earth's ecosystems and their wi...
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5 lessons for the future of water

Drought
47% of the world population is going to experience water scarcity by 2030.COVID-19 is teaching us that our eagerness for creation should not result in destruction of our planet.Our weekly food intake should be mainly composed of fruit, vegetables and grains. Although it is difficult today to divert attention from the dramatic situation we live in, it is even more important to get closer to our primary needs. Recently, we celebrated World Water Da...
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Climate change: how do I cope with our planet’s inevitable decline?

Glacier Calving
I recently watched an interview with David Attenborough, in which he was asked whether there is hope that things can get better for our planet. He replied that we can only slow down the rate at which things get worse. It seems to me that this is the first time in history we have known things will get worse for the foreseeable future. How do you live in the shadow of such rapid and inevitable decline? And how can you cope with the guilt? Paul, 42,...
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