Fossil Fuels are a hot topic these days. A lot of people link them to climate change, others argue that they have nothing to do with global warming, but wherever you stand on that subject, there is a darker, very invisible side to fossil fuels and chemical toxicity. READ MORE
SO WHAT MILK SHOULD WE DRINK?
For environmentally minded consumers, the news is hard to swallow: almond milk is not healthy for the planet and the popular milk substitute is especially hard on bees.
THE ISSUE WITH TISSUE
It is time for companies to act more as global citizens and usher the world into a more sustainable paradigm. Fortunately, solutions promoting healthy forests and a healthy planet already exist. READ MORE
GIANT BRANDS LOVE LOOP'S ZERO WASTE PACKAGING
- and now it’s coming to a store near you. A year after it launched, the delivery service that takes back its packaging to be reused is expanding, and you’ll soon be able to find its innovative packaging designs at retail stores. READ MORE
HOW TO REASSURE A CHILD WHO IS ANXIOUS ABOUT THE PLANET
One in five children aged eight to 16 have nightmares about the state of the world. Here’s how adults can help.READ MORE
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LEADING TO HUG DROP IN AIR POLLUTION
‘Largest scale experiment ever’ shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels. READ MORE
10 THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, ACCORDING TO THE SHEPHERDS OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Forbes - Christiana Figueres once credited the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh with helping her shepherd 192 countries from blaming to collaborating, from paralysis to empowerment in the Paris Agreement. Now Figueres and her strategic advisor, have penned a book that shepherds climate activism from changing mental states to changing the world.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRYING UP THE COLORADO RIVER, PUTTING MILLIONS
AT RISK OF 'SEVERE WATER SHORTAGES'
CNN - The Colorado River -- which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles -- has seen its flow dwindle by 20 percent compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is mainly to blame.
JP MORGAN ECONOMISTS WARN CLIMATE CRISIS IS THREAT TO HUMAN RACE
The Guradian - The world’s largest financier of fossil fuels has warned clients that the climate crisis threatens the survival of humanity and that the planet is on an unsustainable trajectory, according to a leaked document.
FIRMS MAKING BILLIONS FROM 'HIGHLY HAZARDOUS' PESTICIDES, ANALYSIS FINDS
The Guradian - The world’s biggest pesticide companies make billions of dollars a year from chemicals found by independent authorities to pose high hazards to human health or the environment, according to an analysis by campaigners.
The New York Times - The Dart Container Corporation, which makes foam products, is a manufacturing behemoth and produced a fortune for the family behind it. Environmentalists say its products are polluting the globe.
IN AGRICULTURAL GIANT BRAZIL, A GROWING HAZARD: THE ILLEGAL TRADE IN PESTICIDES
Washington Post - Adulterated in labs and garages, hustled like narcotics, co-opted by gangs and mafias, counterfeit and contraband pesticides are flooding developed and developing countries alike, with environmental and social consequences that are “far from trivial,” the U.N. Environment Program reported last year.
Wired - We’re all feeling it, the massive and crushing daily reminder that climate change is already tearing apart ecosystems and flooding coastal cities and killing humans with extreme heat, among other ills. You’d be forgiven for feeling hopeless right now. But all is not lost.
The Sydney Morning Herald - More than a year ago, legendary investor Jeremy Grantham announced he was devoting almost his entire fortune, more than $US1 billion ($1.5 billion), to the fight against climate change.
Center for Public Integrity and the Los Angeles Times - Across much of California, fossil fuel companies are leaving thousands of oil and gas wells unplugged and idle, potentially threatening the health of people living nearby and handing taxpayers a multibillion-dollar bill for the environmental cleanup.
ALMONDS ARE OUT. DAIRY IS A DISASTER. SO WHAT MILK SHOULD WE DRINK?
The Guardian - A glass of dairy milk produces almost three times more greenhouse gas than any plant-based milk. But vegan options have drawbacks of their own. For environmentally minded consumers, the news is hard to swallow: almond milk is not healthy for the planet and the popular milk substitute is especially hard on bees.
DesmogUK - Back in April last year, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency decided it was “not necessary” to update the rules for toxic waste from oil and gas wells. Torrents of wastewater flow daily from the nation’s 1.5 million active oil and gas wells and the agency’s own research has warned it may pose risks to the country's drinking water supplies.
WORLD'S CONSUMPTION OF MATERIALS HITS RECORD 100BN TONNES A YEAR
The Guardian - The climate and wildlife emergencies are driven by the unsustainable extraction of fossil fuels, metals, building materials and trees. The report’s authors warn that treating the world’s resources as limitless is leading towards global disaster.
US DRINKING WATER CONTAMINATION WITH 'FOREVER' CHEMICALS FAR WORSE THAN SCIENTISTS THOUGHT
The Guardian - The contamination of US drinking water with manmade “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group.
CITING CLIMATE CHANGE, BLACKROCK WILL START MOVING AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS
The New Yorker - “Seismic” is the only word to describe the recent decision of the asset-management firm BlackRock to acknowledge the urgency of the climate crisis and begin (emphasis on begin) to start redirecting its investments.
CLIMATE, INEQUALITY, HUNGER: WHICH GLOBAL PROBLEMS WOULD YOU FIX FIRST?
The Guardian - In 2015, 193 countries agreed a blueprint to end poverty, protect the planet and address inequalities. Governments promised to meet 17 sustainable development goals by 2030. With only 10 years left until the deadline, the race is on to achieve them.
Interactive quiz: find out how your priorities compare.
CLIMATE GROUPS TURN UP THE HEAT ON BIG BANKS, INSURERS
Politico - Climate change activists are sharpening their campaign against Wall Street banks and top insurers, aiming to convince financial giants like JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to cut off the flow of money supporting investments in oil, natural gas and coal.
THE CALIFORNIA CITY THAT WANTS TO ELIMINATE DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS
The Guardian - Berkeley’s new law targeting throwaway food packaging requires customers to go reusable or pay a fee. The next time Charles Bunch goes on a coffee break without his reusable coffee mug, he knows he’s going to pay for it....
The Atlantic - Australia is caught in a climate spiral. For the past few decades, the arid and affluent country of 25 million has padded out its economy—otherwise dominated by sandy beaches and a bustling service sector—by selling coal to the world.
VOGUE ITALIA DROPS PHOTOSHOOTS FROM JANUARY ISSUE IN GREEN STATEMENT
The Guardian - Vogue Italia will not feature any photoshoots in its January 2020 issue in a bid to make a statement about sustainability. The move is intended to highlight the environmental impact of photoshoots in print magazines.
A DESIGN LOVER'S GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL IN 2020
Architectural Digest - The act of traveling right now oozes ecological contradiction. A trip typically consumes more precious resources than staying at home does, but can also remind a traveler of what makes the planet worth caring about in the first place.
THE STORY OF 2019: PROTESTS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE
The New Yorker - When historians look back at 2019, the story of the year will not be the turmoil surrounding Donald Trump. It will instead be the tsunami of protests that swept across six continents and engulfed both liberal democracies and ruthless autocracies.
BBC - This year, millions of people around the world mobilised in protest to highlight the dire emergency facing our planet. Could 2019 prove to be the year when talk turned to action on the climate crisis? We looked back at some of the biggest stories of the year in science and the environment.
Grit Daily - Plastic pollution does not have a simple solution and Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao haven’t let that stop them. Wang and Yao are pioneering a new way in which plastic can be diverted from a landfill or from ending up contributing to a patch of garbage in the ocean.
The New York Times - The year’s best climate articles found new ways to inform and surprise readers. In doing so, these articles, from across The New York Times and other publications, offered their own measure of hope: that by exposing some of the specific failures of governments, businesses and citizens, we might do better.