How will ultra long-haul flights from Australia be compatible with the goal of net-zero emissions?

Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism and Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and Paresh Pant, PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic also at Griffith University write on The Conversation website about the dilemma airlines face as they plan for ultra long-haul flights from Australia to deal with the country’s tyranny of … Continue reading How will ultra long-haul flights from Australia be compatible with the goal of net-zero emissions?

Too few businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth finds

A new ranking of 230 global companies by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth shows that 193 businesses fail to act with sufficient speed and ambition to tackle corporate travel emissions. A new ranking of corporate air travel reveals that work is underway to reduce emissions by businesses, but more action is needed. Eight companies, … Continue reading Too few businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking by Transport & Environment (T&E) and Stand.earth finds

Per person, Germany has used as much from nature in just over four months as can be regenerated in the space of a year

Germany has used more resources in the first third of 2022 than are sustainably available to it for an entire year. Anne-Sophie Brändlin explains in an article on the Deutsche Welle website what needs to change.   German Overshoot Day: 'We cannot continue like this' It is only the beginning of May, but already Germany's … Continue reading Per person, Germany has used as much from nature in just over four months as can be regenerated in the space of a year

The world is getting louder, and the rise in noise pollution is hurting people, animals and even plants

The rumble of road traffic and trains, the bustle of the bar downstairs or the roar of a plane taking off – noise is a problem that is increasingly hurting health and disrupting ecosystems. Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the impact and what can be done to lower the noise.   … Continue reading The world is getting louder, and the rise in noise pollution is hurting people, animals and even plants

New EEA briefing on carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats

What is the carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats? A first scoping analysis, published recently by the European Environment Agency (EEA), found that forests and wetlands can play an important role in storing carbon but doing so should take account of potential impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats

New EEA briefings: Europe not on track to reach 2030 targets for municipal waste recycling

The European Union (EU) circular economy action plan aims to halve the amount of municipal waste in the EU that is not recycled by 2030. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, achieving this target requires both reducing waste generation and considerably increasing recycling, possibly even beyond the binding recycling target … Continue reading New EEA briefings: Europe not on track to reach 2030 targets for municipal waste recycling

New EEA briefing: Europe’s air quality status 2022

Ninety-six percent of Europe’s urban population was exposed to fine particulate matter above the health-based guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to the latest annual European Environment Agency (EEA) air quality assessment published this week   Vast majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution Despite a … Continue reading New EEA briefing: Europe’s air quality status 2022

If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

In an article on The Conversation website, Marc Lepere, PhD Candidate in Political Economy at King's College London discusses many of the concerns about the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) label. Fortunately, there is hope for the future.   Green investing: the global system for rating companies’ ethical credentials is meaningless As the war in Ukraine … Continue reading If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

This week the Commission presented a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and … Continue reading European Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence

Understanding our real water use

Water is a precious resource that we need to preserve, even in countries that they think they have an abundance of it. But cutting down on how much we consume has more to do with the food we eat than the length of our showers. Natalie Muller and Neil King discuss "hidden" or "virtual" water in an … Continue reading Understanding our real water use