Category: Environment

Washing Synthetic Clothing Releases Microplastics Into Our Oceans, Here’s What to Do About It…

Washing Synthetic Clothing Releases Microplastics Into Our Oceans, Here’s What to Do About It…

Brisbane, Australia: Ecologist Mark Browne from the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University College Dublin pioneered microplastics research when he found tiny, synthetic fibres on beach shorelines. His 2011 study revealed that 85 percent of the microfibres discovered were human-made materials commonly used in clothing; fibres such as polyester, nylon and acrylic....

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

In July 2016, UK’s giant supermarket chain Tesco announced the removal of at least 20 percent of John West tuna products from their stores. The reason? Unsustainable fishing. Immediately after the announcement, two more British supermarket chains, Waitrose and Sainsbury, also threatened to pull John West products off the shelves for the same reason. This...

Sustainable Babies: Tips on Using Reusable Cloth Diapers From An Eco-Conscious Parent

Sustainable Babies: Tips on Using Reusable Cloth Diapers From An Eco-Conscious Parent

Disposable nappies (or diapers, the words are used interchangeably) are easy-to-use, easy-to-change, easy-to-dump, but there is a huge price for the convenience – and the earth is paying. Usually made from pulp, paper and polyethylene plastic (a synthetic material made from crude oil), nylon, polyester and polypropylene, plastic materials in these nappies can take up...

How to Make Agriculture Great Again (MAGA)

How to Make Agriculture Great Again (MAGA)

Abuja, Nigeria: According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), mankind is at the peak of food production. We produce enough food to feed the whole world. Even though 840 million people are food insecure and considered to be undernourished, the FAO is optimistic that mankind is on course to end hunger. They believe this can be...

Earth is Choking on Plastic: How the Heck Did We End Up Here?

Earth is Choking on Plastic: How the Heck Did We End Up Here?

The secret is well and truly out that plastic that was once a ‘magical material’, has turned into an environmental disaster. The synthetic and man-made material has been around for decades, with multiple applications from clothing to cutlery. It’s difficult to imagine a world that hasn’t involved plastic, trickling its way into our lifestyles and...

The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Atiq Zaman, Lecturer, Curtin University Commonwealth, state and territory environment ministers last week agreed on an ambitious target that 100% of Australian packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. This is no doubt sensible, given the turmoil sparked by China’s crackdown on waste imports. Having a 100% target...

How Land Degradation Puts Billions at Risk and What We Can Do to Reverse the Process

How Land Degradation Puts Billions at Risk and What We Can Do to Reverse the Process

Human ingenuity and technology have impacted the planet in detrimental ways. What humans have accomplished in the short time we’ve inhabited this planet has been nothing but amazing. We’ve gone from being nomadic groups to huge civilizations to a global community. We have technology to thank for this advancement and the ability to make life...

We Can’t Recycle Our Way to ‘Zero Waste’

We Can’t Recycle Our Way to ‘Zero Waste’

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Jenni Downes, Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney In the wake of the final episode of the ABC’s War on Waste, in which a dismayed Craig Reucassel canvasses Australia’s rubbish-related sins, the idea of “zero waste” is pretty hot right now. But often when we...

6 Environmentalists, Conservationists and Earth Activists That You Should Know

6 Environmentalists, Conservationists and Earth Activists That You Should Know

It’s Earth Day today. Happy Earth Day! What better way to celebrate the day than to honour those remarkable environmentalists, conservationists and activists who have advocated for the planet and used their lives to preserve and protect the natural environment, precious wildlife and ecosystems. Each one of the people listed has worked tirelessly to promote a...

The Story of Ocean Pollution: Most Plastic in Our Oceans Can Be Traced Back to Just 10 Rivers

The Story of Ocean Pollution: Most Plastic in Our Oceans Can Be Traced Back to Just 10 Rivers

Recently when reports started circulating about a young male sperm whale discovered dead off the coast of Spain with 30 kilograms (64 pounds) of garbage in its digestive system, there were fresh calls from marine biologists, ocean activists and conservationists for more to be done about plastic consumption and ocean pollution. This isn’t the first...

Carbon Intensive Industries – The Industry Sectors That Emit The Most Carbon

Carbon Intensive Industries – The Industry Sectors That Emit The Most Carbon

At this point, there is no question that we are the main drivers of climate change. The way we live, our consumption and economic needs, basically most human activities release deadly greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere. The 2014 graphic below provides a visual timeline of when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began acknowledging the...

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

Sydney, Australia: With the ocean under extreme threat from issues such as pollution and overfishing, we need to ask – who is governing the ocean? It might not be a topic people often consider, but it’s one we need to start questioning before it’s too late. “Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97...