The slogan 'think globally, act locally' has never been more accurate when it comes to sustainability today.
The climate and ecological crisis we are facing makes us global citizens as we are facing this crisis as a planetary one and it doesn’t matter in which country you live. There is nothing equivalent to it in human history other than major world wars that require the attention of the world you know. Like now is the time to do something.
The message throughout Ad Vitam’s website and operation has been that one of the biggest challenges is to change people's mindsets and get them to think about this at the scale it demands and with the urgency it demands and move from philosophizing ,or worse denial, into action. As Christopher Flavelle of The New York Times says, “by exposing some of the specific failures of governments, businesses and citizens, we might do better.”
We can do it, it’s possible but we have to move fast. Below please find some of the latest in international and global news reporting on sustainability, environment and related science. Let it inspire you. We are updating this page on a regular basis.
Climate Primer: How to Debunk Myths about Climate Change
Thomson Reuters Foundation News - Author and scientist Paul Behrens picks apart some of the most egregious and long-standing myths around global warming.
After 20 Years, Stella McCartney Is Still Fashion’s Sustainability Whisperer
British Vogue - Next year, the designer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her trailblazingly ethical brand. In a piece originally published in the November 2020 issue, Dana Thomas asks her what it was like to be ahead of the curve.
Joe Biden will be president, but there will be no Green New Deal
Vox - Without Congress, he’ll be limited to executive action, just like Obama.
Welcome to the Final Battle for the Climate
Foreign Policy - The great powers have taken big steps to fight global warming. Now attention turns to the rest of the world.
Japan To Release 1m Tonnes Of Contaminated Fukushima Water Into The Sea – Reports
The Guardian - Local media say release could begin in 2022 and would take decades to complete, but local fishermen say move will destroy their industry.
Roadmap Points Europe Toward Safer, Sustainable Chemicals
EHN - EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.
We're Turning The Amazon Into A Savannah
New York Times - It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them.
California Bans PFAS Firefighting Foams
c&en - State also prohibits 24 chemicals from use in cosmetics.
New ‘Forever Chemicals' Contaminating The Environment, Regulators Say
The Guardian - Efforts in the US to oversee one PFAS compound from chemical company Solvay illustrate challenges officials face.
Why Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Allowed In US Drinking Water
The Guardian - The federal government has still not set limits for PFAS compounds, and some allege that could be because it is a polluter of them itself.
WHAT'S REALLY IN YOUR BOTTLED WATER?
Consumer Reports found toxic PFAS chemicals in several popular water brands, especially carbonated ones
HOW MORGAN STANLEY IS LINKED TO DEFORESTATION IN THE AMAZON
Mongabay - Investigation shows new cases of illegal deforestation among suppliers of Marfrig and Minerva, in which the bank holds major stakes.
IN A DRY STATE, FARMERS USE OIL WASTEWATER TO IRRIGATE THEIR FIELDS, BUT IS IT SAFE?
Inside Climate News - A recent study found chemical concentrations in the wastewater met safety standards in one California county. But activists say more testing is needed.
‘WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN OURS WAS CONTAMINATED’: THE TROUBLE WITH AMERICA'S WATER
The Guardian - Aging infrastructure, legacy pollution and emerging contaminants across the US are driving a growing urgency to do something about America’s water crisis
HOW BIG OIL MISLED THE PUBLIC INTO BELIEVING PLASTIC WOULD BE RECYCLED
NPR - NPR and PBS Frontline spent months digging into internal industry documents and interviewing top former officials. We found that the industry sold the public on an idea it knew wouldn't work — that the majority of plastic could be, and would be, recycled — all while making billions of dollars selling the world new plastic.
THESE ARE THE COMPANIES LEADING THE TRILLION TREE EFFORT IN THE U.S.
Fast Company - As part of the effort to plant a trillion trees around the world, a group of companies is pledging to help the U.S. do its part.
MAJOR INVESTMENT FIRM DUMPS EXXON, CHEVRON AND RIO TINTO STOCK
The Guardian - Storebrand says corporate lobbying to undermine climate solutions is ‘unacceptable’.
THE US IS IN A WATER CRISIS FAR WORSE THAN MOST PEOPLE IMAGINE
The Guardian - Erin Brockovich: Industrial runoff and lax standards have tainted water across the US. Senators and doctors are calling me, asking what to do.
PLASTIC POLLUTION IN OCEANS EXPECTED TO TRIPLE BY 2040
Insurance Journal - The annual flow of plastics into our oceans is on a trajectory to triple over the next 20 years, which could add up to 110 pounds of plastic trash for every meter of coastline worldwide, a new report finds.
MORE BAD NEWS FOR BPA: NOVEL ANALYSIS ADDS TO EVIDENCE OF CHEMICAL'S HEALTH EFFECTS
Environmental Health News - "This should change how the FDA and other people look at the safety of BPA."
OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER, ALLIES GOT MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FIRSTENERGY BRIBES TO PASS HB6, FEDS CLAIM
Cleveland - Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s political operation accepted more than $60 million in bribe money from FirstEnergy Corp. to secure the company a $1.3 billion public bailout, according to a federal complaint filed Thursday.
WHAT DOES NET ZERO EMISSIONS MEAN FOR BIG OIL? NOT WHAT YOU'D THINK
Inside Climate News - BP, Shell, and other companies say they’ll address climate change. But their pledges fall far short of what's needed to meet global climate goals.
WILL THE HYDROGEN REVOLUTION START IN A GARBAGE DUMP?
Wired - American companies are racing to commercialize technologies that can turn almost any kind of waste into clean hydrogen fuel.
THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT CANCER AND MOBILE PHONES
The Guardian - We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?
GLOBAL WARMING. INEQUALITY. COVID-19. AND AL GORE IS ... OPTIMISTIC?
Wired - As vice president, he looked for big policy answers to hard global problems. Now he says all our crises are speeding us toward real solutions.
SUNRUN TO AQUIRE VIVINT SOLAR, CREATING HOME SOLAR GIANT
Green Tech Media - UPDATED: The leading U.S. home solar installer will gobble up its biggest rival, in a significant consolidation for the industry.
THE PLASTIC FREE JULY CHALLENGE IS HERE TO HELP YOU RID YOUR LIFE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC WASTE
CNN - The Australia-based Plastic Free Foundation is once again recruiting participants to take the Plastic Free July challenge -- that is to go without single-use plastic for one day, one week or the entire month of July.
RAPID ARCTIC MELTDOWN IN SIBERIA ALARMS SCIENTISTS
Washington Post - Much of the world remains consumed with the deadly novel coronavirus. The United States, crippled by the pandemic, is in the throes of a divisive presidential campaign and protests over racial inequality. But at the top of the globe, the Arctic is enduring its own summer of discontent.
US RIVERS AND LAKES ARE SHRINKING FOR A SURPRISING REASON: COWS
The Guardian - Cattle-feed crops, which end up as beef and dairy products, account for 23% of water consumption in the US.
IN PANDEMIC RECOVERY EFFORTS, POLLUTING
INDUSTRIES ARE WINNINGBIG
Yale Environment 360 - Oil and gas giants, mining interests, and coal-fired power plants have all received financial and regulatory relief as governments around the world enact pandemic recovery plans. These moves threaten to create a dirty, high-carbon legacy that long outlasts the current crisis.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A RACE ISSUE - HERE'S WHY
Vogue - Black, brown and indigenous people around the world are already bearing the brunt of the environmental crisis, showing how racial and climate justice are inseparable
CLIMATE EMISSION KILLER: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON WORLD'S BIGGEST LIQUID AIR BATTERY
The Guardian - Exclusive: project will store renewable energy and reduce climate-heating emissions
PANDEMICS RESULT FROM DESTRUCTION OF NATURE, SAY UN AND WHO
The Guardian - Experts call for legislation and trade deals worldwide to encourage green recovery.
THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND POLICE VIOLENCE HAVE REIGNITED THE FIGHT AGAINST TOXIC RACISM
The Intercept - Sometimes known as the “father of environmental justice,” Robert Bullard has been talking, writing, and teaching about the disproportionate effects of pollution on people of color for more than four decades.
UNILEVER IS INVESTING 1.1 BILLION IN A NEW CLIMATE FUND - AND HOPES TO REACH NET ZERO EMISSION BY 2039
Fast Company - The goal is to hit the benchmarks set by the Paris Climate Agreement far earlier than the 2050 deadline
AS OIL PRICES CRASHED, TANKERS IDLED OFF CALIFORNIA-SPEWING POLLUTION FOR WEEKS
National Geographic - This scrum of oil tankers, right next to the Los Angeles basin, emitted tons of air pollutants and CO2 while they were parked.
THE COVID-19 ECONOMIC SLUMP IS CLOSING DOWN COAL PLANTS
Wired - This year, coal usage has dropped in the US, and renewables now generate more electricity. To some experts, the financial crisis is a clean energy opportunity.
PLASTIC RAIN IS THE NEW ACID RAIN
Wired - Researchers find that over 1,000 metric tons of microplastic fall on 11 protected areas in the US annually, equivalent to over 120 million plastic water bottles.
THE U.S. CAN GET TO 90% CLEAN ELECTRICITY IN JUST 15 YEARS
Fast Company - And by 2045, the electric grid could be entirely renewable.
UNEQUAL IMPACT: THE DEEP LINKS BETWEEN RACISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE
YaleEnvironment 360 - Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the outsized impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, she hopes people may finally be ready to listen.
I'M A BLACK CLIMATE EXPERT. RACISM DERAILS OUR EFFORTS TO SAVE THE PLANET
Washington Post - Stopping climate change is hard enough, but racism only makes it harder.
JOE BIDEN HAS A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Vox - All he has to do is embrace the consensus that’s waiting for him.
WHY WE MUST CLOSE POLLUTING URBAN POWER PLANTS
U.S. News - The link between pollution and coronavirus mortality rates makes it even more clear why we must shut down peaker power plants.
STATE SUE TO BLOCK TRUMP FROM WEAKENING FUEL ECONOMY RULES
The New York Times - At stake in the lawsuit is the single biggest effort by the United States to fight the climate crisis.
GUCCI ARE GOING SEASONLESS IN RADICAL RETHINK
Wild Electric - Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has announced in a series of Instagram posts that the brand is going seasonless, as well as reducing the number of fashion shows to just two per year.
'WE'VE NEVER SEEN THIS': WILDLIFE THRIVES IN CLOSED U.S. NATIONAL PARKS
The Guardian - Deer, bobcats and black bears are gathering around parts of Yosemite national park typically teeming with visitors
THE E.U. IS GOING TO PLANT 3 BILLION TREES BY 2030
Fast Company - It’s part of a broad plan to increase biodiversity by protecting 30% of the continent’s land and water.
THE END OF PLASTIC? NEW PLANT-BASED BOTTLES WILL DEGRADE IN A YEAR
The Guardian - Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.
METHANE LEAKS MUCH WORSE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
Post Gazette - Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania leaked more than 1.1 million tons of methane into the air in 2017, 16 times the amount they reported to the state, according to an Environmental Defense Fund review.
5 SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC
DW -The world is drowning in plastics that are often non-biogradable and non-recyclable. But a new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.
WHAT'S GONE WRONG WITH PLASTIC RECYCLING
Consumer Reports - Of all the plastic ever produced—more than 10 billion tons of it—less than 10 percent has been recycled
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS ARE NOT SAFER
Earth Island Journal - Is single-use plastic safer than reusables? The answer is a resounding “NO.”
CAN WE ALL BE LIKE TEXAS?
Reasons To Be Cheerful - How a conservative, oil-pumping state became one of the world’s biggest generators of wind power.
HOW IS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AFFECTING CLIMATE CHANGE?
Wired- Sure, emissions have fallen. But a closer look at how the global crisis is influencing the environment reveals some surprising dynamics.
YET ANOTHER CONSEQUENCE OF THE PANDEMIC: MORE PLASTIC WASTE
Wired- This new normal means mountains of single-use plastic—and few places to put it but the dump.
SUSTAINING SUSTAINABILITY: LESSONS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
GreenBiz- What are the deeper lessons from the coronavirus pandemic that will help companies be more sustainable going forward?
HOW AMERICA'S LEAST SUSTAINABLE CITY LEARNED TO LOVE RECYCLING
Fast Company - Phoenix used a combination of programs to reduce waste, boost recycling, and change its citizens’ behavior.
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LEADING TO HUGE DROP IN AIR POLLUTION
The Guardian - ‘Largest scale experiment ever’ shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels.
Climate nightmares: how to reassure a child who is anxious about the planet
The Guardian - One in five children aged eight to 16 have nightmares about the state of the world. Here’s how adults can help
THE WORLD IS FACING AN AIR POLLUTION PANDEMIC
Fast Company - While the world is rightfully concerned about COVID-19 turning into a full-blown pandemic in the coming days, scientists say another pandemic has already been underway, with much less attention, for years, bringing with it cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and causing nearly 10 million premature deaths just last year.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN NEW YORK BANS PLASTIC BAGS
Fast Company - There are so many exceptions that you’ll still be seeing a lot of plastic. But it is still a step in the right direction: toward moving away from our dependence on single-use plastic items.