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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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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Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis

Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis
From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown. It's no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet's downfall, either. A deeper issue underlies each one's part in the malaise enveloping the planet's ecosystems – and its origins date back to long before the industrial revolution. To truly bring ourselves into harmony with the natural...
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Climate change doom and gloom is not cool

Climate change doom and gloom is not cool
Whether its for COVID19 or the underlying climate crisis, naysaying, denial and despair are not the way to go. Coronavirus will pass, climate change will not. Some of the effects of global warming we will have to learn to live with. By rallying to the cause, by embracing the challenge and switching small things we do everyday and inspiring others to do the same, by educating ourselves on the basics of ecology and climate change, by choosing our p...
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Electronic waste is piling up in homes, this EU regulation aims to stamp that out

Electronic waste is piling up in homes, this EU regulation aims to stamp that out
Millions of electrical appliances in Europe will soon have to be made easier to repair, thanks to new rules to encourage manufacturers to design products with the circular economy in mind. From washing machines to vending machines, the Ecodesign Directive will extend the life of many appliances by ensuring replacement parts are easier to get hold of. Manufacturers will have to stock spares for up to 10 years, and make sure they are delivered quic...
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