5 ways to transform our food system to benefit people and planet

5 ways to transform our food system to benefit people and planet
Globally, we waste a third of all food produced and the natural resources involved in its production;A growing global population requires fairer, more resilient and equitable food systems;Regenerative agriculture, a greater voice for farmers and moving from low cost to "true cost" food can build a stronger food systems for people, planet and the future. Food is essential for our survival, a fundamental requirement of life and the provider of stre...
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How technology can help to achieve at least 30% ocean protection

How technology can help to achieve at least 30% ocean protection
A growing number of countries are pledging to protect and conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.Securing such a vast area requires new cutting-edge technology to monitor illegal activities and movements of species.Luckily, this field has been developing fast with new inventions and tech collaborations, writes the Wildlife Conservation Society's Dr. Simon Cripps. It is a dark, stormy night in the South Atlantic. Coastal radar picks up a boat ...
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Some ‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned in Australia. That’s a big win for the environment

Some ‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned in Australia. That’s a big win for the environment
To start dealing with Australia's mounting plastic crisis, the federal government last week launched its first National Plastics Plan. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplastic filters in washing machines. But we're particularly pleased to see a main form of biodegradable plastic will also be phased out. Biodegradable plastic...
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How Taiwan uses Buddhist literature for environmental education

How Taiwan uses Buddhist literature for environmental education
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that the world faces. A United Nations report has cautioned that greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity are at a record high, "with no signs of slowing down." Many nations are recording weather extremes, higher average temperatures and rising seas. Meanwhile, the first wave of increasing numbers of climate refugees points to how a changing environment will reshape human life. The changes in ...
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Fermentation can help build a more efficient and sustainable food system – here’s how

Fermentation can help build a more efficient and sustainable food system – here’s how
To meet future demand for protein and ensure food systems are inclusive, efficient and sustainable, we must invest in alternative and plant-based proteins.Fermentation presents an opportunity to fundamentally change the way the world eats and improve global human and environmental health and the economy.Investment in fermentation-derived proteins should focus on achieving the necessary scale and technology. Our global food system is not fit for p...
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19 Australian ecosystems are already collapsing

19 Australian ecosystems are already collapsing
In 1992, 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were "on a collision course". Seventeen years later, scientists described planetary boundaries within which humans and other life could have a "safe space to operate". These are environmental thresholds, such as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and changes in land use. Crossing such boundaries was considered a risk that would cause environmental changes so prof...
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Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast

Climate change will be sudden and cataclysmic. We need to act fast
Tipping points could fundamentally disrupt the planet and produce abrupt change in the climate.A mass methane release could put us on an irreversible path to full land-ice melt, causing sea levels to rise by up to 30 metres.We must take immediate action to reduce global warming and build resilience with these tipping points in mind. The speed and scale of the response to COVID-19 by governments, businesses and individuals seems to provide hope th...
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Carbon dioxide feeds plants, but are earth’s plants getting full?

Carbon dioxide feeds plants, but are earth’s plants getting full?
Plants do a lot of work for us, producing the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even some of our medicine. But when it comes to removing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we may have been overestimating their ability. Photosynthesis acts as the lungs of our planet – plants use light and carbon dioxide (CO₂) to make the sugars they need to grow, releasing oxygen in the process. When atmospheric CO₂ concentrations increase, as they have been tha...
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Two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that’s a problem for people, crops and forests

Two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that’s a problem for people, crops and forests
The world watched with a sense of dread in 2018 as Cape Town, South Africa, counted down the days until the city would run out of water. The region's surface reservoirs were going dry amid its worst drought on record, and the public countdown was a plea for help. By drastically cutting their water use, Cape Town residents and farmers were able to push back "Day Zero" until the rain came, but the close call showed just how precarious water securit...
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Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry

Secondhand clothing sales are booming – and may help solve the sustainability crisis in the fashion industry
A massive force is reshaping the fashion industry: secondhand clothing. According to a new report, the U.S. secondhand clothing market is projected to more than triple in value in the next 10 years – from US$28 billion in 2019 to US$80 billion in 2029 – in a U.S. market currently worth $379 billion. In 2019, secondhand clothing expanded 21 times faster than conventional apparel retail did. Even more transformative is secondhand clothing's potenti...
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