Category: Environment

Are Your Favorite Fashion Brands Sourcing ‘Natural’ Fibres That Are Destroying Ancient and Endangered Forests?

Are Your Favorite Fashion Brands Sourcing ‘Natural’ Fibres That Are Destroying Ancient and Endangered Forests?

By Amanda Carr. Back in the day (we’re talking just a decade or so ago), wearing an organic cotton t-shirt was THE green fashion statement. Maybe, if you were lucky, you would get your hands on something made from hemp. Add a beanie and your reputation as a nature-lover was made for life. Anyone remember...

Harnessing the Power of the Wind; These Countries Are Leading the Way in Wind Energy…

Harnessing the Power of the Wind; These Countries Are Leading the Way in Wind Energy…

Several high-profile projects in recent years, such as Global Wind Atlas, seek to rank the wind power capacity of the world’s nations. It’s proven to be a tough thing to do, given how fast public policy can change and the frequency with which private and public investments move around in this fast-growing energy sector. Nevertheless,...

Philippines Has a Major Problem with Plastic Pollution. Here’s What They’re Doing About it…

Philippines Has a Major Problem with Plastic Pollution. Here’s What They’re Doing About it…

Manila, Philippines: The home is a sanctuary. People discard trash from their residences that no longer fit in with its ‘flow’. The best case scenario is when people are responsible enough to segregate their junk in the correct way. The reality is though, that some recyclables end up in the non-recycling bin headed for landfills...

1% For The Planet: The International Member-Based Organisation Preserving Australia’s Natural Environment

1% For The Planet: The International Member-Based Organisation Preserving Australia’s Natural Environment

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a panel event discussing sustainability for businesses and individuals in conjunction with 1% for the Planet hosted at Patagonia’s Sydney store. The event was an overwhelming success, a tight packed store full of conscious people networking and discussing sustainability – it’s eco events like this that show...

Cigarettes and the Environment: It’s Time to Kick Your Smoking Habit (Not the Cigarette Butts) to the Curb

Cigarettes and the Environment: It’s Time to Kick Your Smoking Habit (Not the Cigarette Butts) to the Curb

I know a lot of smokers who started young. It was the experimenting and all the sneaking around that made it fun. There’s sexiness associated with it too – whether you see it dangling loosely on James Dean’s lips in Rebel Without a Cause or when a cigarette is being shared by a couple on...

Can We Really Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change?

Can We Really Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change?

Groundbreaking innovations throughout the last decade has continually nudged us all to bear witness to the very many amazing feats of green technology. As an aside, green tech here loosely refers to technology that is considered environmentally-friendly based on its production process or supply chain. It also may refer to a means of energy production that is...

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

Dear America, Please Step Up and Do Your Fair Share of the Climate Change Heavy Lifting…

In November 2018, the second volume of the National Climate Assessment Report mandated by the US government and prepared by the American scientific community was released and was met with an equal dose of cheer and concern. The report was made very popular by the decision of the current US administration to “bury” the report...

Researchers, Set an Example: Fly Less

Researchers, Set an Example: Fly Less

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Xavier Anglaret, Université de Bordeaux; Chris Wymant, University of Oxford, and Kévin Jean, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM). The world is warming and ecosystems are dying. To avoid disastrous climatic change, massive reductions in CO2 emissions are required in all sectors, reaching net-zero...

Biobased Plastics: How Biologically-Based Plastics Can Realistically Replace Petroleum-Based Plastics

Biobased Plastics: How Biologically-Based Plastics Can Realistically Replace Petroleum-Based Plastics

Recently, I went to an event ‘The Case for Biobased Plastics’ hosted by start-up innovation hub Factory Berlin that was half informational evening around plastics, and half launch event for a new bioplastic product – the BE-O water bottle. Nearly 100 people attended to learn about biobased plastics, which in itself was amazing. We had...

Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Monique Retamal, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Elsa Dominish, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Le Xuan Thinh, Director, VNCPC; Nguyen, Anh Tuan, Senior researcher, Environment Science Institute, and Samantha Sharpe, Research Director, Institute for...