Why the world needs a 'circular bioeconomy' - for jobs, biodiversity and prosperity

Why the world needs a 'circular bioeconomy' - for jobs, biodiversity and prosperity
Our current economic system has failed to value nature.We need a new economic model: a circular bioeconomy.As part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative, HRH The Prince of Wales establishes Circular Bioeconomy Alliance to accelerate transformation to climate- and nature-positive economy. There is no future for business as usual. Our current economic system, which arguably has succeeded in creating unprecedented economic output, wealth and human w...
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How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

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Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The sharpest declines have occurred throughout the world's rivers and lakes, where freshwater wildlife has plummeted by 84% since 1970 – about 4% per year. But why should we care? Because the health of nature is intimately linked to the health of humans. The em...
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Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience

Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience
Recovery from COVID-19 will require greater transparency in fishing activity.Pandemic has meant surveillance has been suspendedHi-tech innovations offer potential solutions. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, its myriad negative consequences are slowly becoming clearer. While many of the impacts have been unmistakable, with entire countries locked down, some are playing out far away from our homes and shorelines, in the open oce...
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David Attenborough leads call for world to invest $500 billion a year to protect nature

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Sir David Attenborough has led a call for global investment of $500 billion annually to support current biodiversity.Attenborough emphasised the risks of doing nothing - for all of us.The call was made as a UN summit began aimed at boosting action to protecting wildlife. British broadcaster David Attenborough on Wednesday led a campaign by conservation groups for the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction of nature, saying th...
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This department store in Berlin sells only recycled and second-hand goods

This department store in Berlin sells only recycled and second-hand goods
This new Berlin store sells only well-preserved second-hand goods.From furniture to fashions, everything in the store is pre-owned.By selecting only high-quality items, the city hopes to bring an end to throwaway culture.It's part of a city-wide drive to make Berlin a zero-waste city by 2030. Berlin's city government has just taken the unusual step of opening a department store. But this is no typical retail outlet – the store sells only high-qua...
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These countries will have the largest populations - by the end of the century

These countries will have the largest populations - by the end of the century
By 2100, the global population could surpass 11 billion, according to predictions by the UN.Currently China, India and the USA have the three largest populations in the world, but by 2100, this will have changed to India, Nigeria and China, respectively. The World Population in 2100, by Country In 2015, the United Nations predicted that the global population could surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. Last year, the UN revised these estim...
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How rewilding Britain could absorb even more CO2 than tree planting

How rewilding Britain could absorb even more CO2 than tree planting
England's current woodland covers only 10% of the country and current regenerative plans are only planning to increase this by 2%, by 2050.If woodland cover was increased to 26%, 10% of the nation's carbon would be adsorbed naturally, whilst supporting dwindling wildlife.Rewilding - allowing woodland to regenerate naturally on a large scale - is the most effective way to increase woodland cover. Allowing trees to naturally establish over huge are...
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An overwhelming majority of people want real change after COVID-19

An overwhelming majority of people want real change after COVID-19
86% of people want significant change to make the world fairer and more sustainable after COVID-19, a new study finds.Almost three-quarters want their own lives to change too.More than 21,000 people in 28 countries took part in the survey.The findings align with the World Economic Forum's call for a Great Reset after the crisis. A majority of people worldwide support calls for global leaders to ensure we make the world fairer and more sustainable...
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Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years

Wildlife populations have plummeted by two-thirds in 50 years
Natural areas that used to support biodiversity and have been converted for farming are the biggest reason for the population decline of thousands of species around the world.The WWF study has found that the average population size has dropped by 68% worldwide since 1970.These declines are stark warnings that human activity is becoming unsustainable on Earth. The average size of wildlife populations has plummeted by two-thirds worldwide since 197...
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Learning sustainability

Learning sustainability
As I am a novice here, please forgive my greater than usual clumsiness. I saw an announcement asking people to post in the blog, and so I am dutifully making a effort to contribute. How many pillars are there in sustainable development - or sustainability? If you answer three, you would be right, at least in the traditional view of the term. This view holds that sustainability has three dimensions or pillars: society, the environment and the econ...
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