Fossil fuel companies spent millions of dollars on advertisements containing climate disinformation and greenwashing at COP27

Fossil fuel companies spent $4m on climate disinformation at COP27 in Egypt, with majority of content originating from a US based PR firm. Stuti Mishra discusses the disinformation efforts in an article on The Independent website.   Fossil fuel lobby waged $4m disinformation campaign during climate summit, report finds Fossil fuel companies spent millions of … Continue reading Fossil fuel companies spent millions of dollars on advertisements containing climate disinformation and greenwashing at COP27

New EEA assessment on secondary raw material markets in Europe

Europe’s ambitions for a circular economy require the timely provision of good-quality recycled raw materials to manufacturers. However, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published this week, from the eight most common recyclables, only aluminium, paper and glass have well-functioning secondary markets. Lack of standardisation and competition with new materials are among the … Continue reading New EEA assessment on secondary raw material markets in Europe

Higher education in France will have to integrate the challenges of the ecological transition into their syllabus

A lack of training on the climate crisis for professors in French universities is one of the main obstacles to making higher education at the forefront of leading the climate transition. Soazig Le Nevé discusses the issues in an article on the Le Monde website. What are your views?   In France's universities, the climate … Continue reading Higher education in France will have to integrate the challenges of the ecological transition into their syllabus

Wood burning in homes produces more small particle pollution than all road traffic in the UK

Wood burning has increased in popularity over recent years, yet it remains a major source of air pollution. Damian Carrington has written several articles in The Guardian on the subject but this piece from February highlights the issues. EiD notes that in our neighbourhood of Paris (including several in our building), many are still having … Continue reading Wood burning in homes produces more small particle pollution than all road traffic in the UK

The future of climate-friendly travel

Travel allows us to explore other cultures, but it's also harmful for the environment. Can changing your mode of transportation make a difference? Lisa Stüve discusses the issue in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   How bad for the environment is traveling? Recent summers have brought about seemingly more extreme weather events, while … Continue reading The future of climate-friendly travel

New EEA briefing on impact of plastic packaging

Plastics are used across Europe in everything from construction materials to consumer products. Recent policy actions on plastic packaging at EU and national level have established collection schemes and introduced waste prevention measures. However, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, a significant fraction of Europe’s total plastic consumption is outside … Continue reading New EEA briefing on impact of plastic packaging

“…humanity needs to make peace with nature, because we are out of harmony with nature”

With those words, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opened the UN Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Montreal this month. Alexandra Zimmermann, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford writes on the Conversation website asking what living in harmony with nature looks like.   UN biodiversity conference: what does living in harmony with nature … Continue reading “…humanity needs to make peace with nature, because we are out of harmony with nature”

“Why can’t we do what we need to do to stop destroying our planet while we still have the chance?”

That question animates Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime’s new book, “Minding the Climate: How Neuroscience Can Help Solve Our Environmental Crisis,” published by Harvard University Press. A neurosurgeon explores how our tendency to prioritise short-term consumer pleasures spurs climate change, but also how the brain’s amazing capacity for flexibility can—and likely will—enable us to prioritise the long-term … Continue reading “Why can’t we do what we need to do to stop destroying our planet while we still have the chance?”

Developing an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution

Michael Birnbaum writes on the Washington Post website about negotiations underway in Uruguay to have an international treaty to reduce plastic pollution. No one says it will be easy. For those wanting to follow latest developments, please go to the Energy Negotiations Bulletin website of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).   Work is … Continue reading Developing an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution

New EEA publication on Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessments have shown that Europe and world face unprecedented environment and climate challenges that require ambitious policy responses, such as the European Green Deal. Published recently, EEA Signals 2022 looks at Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises.   Moving towards sustainability in times … Continue reading New EEA publication on Europe’s commitments for sustainability and energy system from the perspective multiple, interconnected crises