A variety of media offer images on the effects of climate change may help people be motivated to solve them

On a daily basis, a variety of media offer images that depict the effects of climate change to help us understand the extent of environmental damage. Carmela Cucuzzella, Professor Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal explains in an article on The Conversation website that through these experiences, people move a step closer … Continue reading A variety of media offer images on the effects of climate change may help people be motivated to solve them

Ecological threats will lead to widespread conflict and mass migration unless significant efforts are made to limit the damage

A new report published this week concluded that ecological threats will lead to widespread conflict and mass migration without significant efforts to limit the damage. Alistair Walsh discusses the findings of the report in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Conflict being driven by ecological damage, report finds  Ecological threats will lead to widespread conflict and … Continue reading Ecological threats will lead to widespread conflict and mass migration unless significant efforts are made to limit the damage

New World Health Organization Global Air Quality Guidelines aim to save millions of lives from air pollution

New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the health of populations, by reducing levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change. Since … Continue reading New World Health Organization Global Air Quality Guidelines aim to save millions of lives from air pollution

New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Innovation is a political priority across Europe that can deliver many benefits for society but also generate costs that are often unaccounted for. A European Environment Agency briefing, published this week, looks at how innovation can respond to sustainability challenges and how Europe needs to look for solutions beyond technological innovation.   Innovating for sustainability … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of innovation for sustainability

Forty years of conflict have left many Afghans on the edge of survival — and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change

The past 30 years have brought flood, drought and hunger to Afghanistan. With the Taliban sweeping to power, many within and outside of the country wonder how to deal with looming climate disaster. Jennifer Collins discusses the situation in Afghanistan in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Amid Taliban takeover, climate change could … Continue reading Forty years of conflict have left many Afghans on the edge of survival — and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change

The impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water

In the US, 17m barrels of oil are needed to produce the plastic to meet annual bottled water demand. In addition, bottled water in the UK is at least 500 times more expensive than tap water. Drinking tap water is worse for local health in Barcelona, but when you weigh both, what you gain from … Continue reading The impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water

From the EEA: waste generation and decoupling in Europe

Between 2010 and 2018, total waste generation increased by 5% (114 million tonnes) in the EU-27 according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). When major mineral wastes are excluded from the total, it increased by 7% (50.3 million tonnes). This means that the EU-27 is not on track to meet its policy goal of reducing … Continue reading From the EEA: waste generation and decoupling in Europe

New EEA assessments on urban environmental change

European cities have the potential to lead the way towards green, sustainable future, according to two assessments on urban environmental change, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) recently.   Cities play pivotal roles in shifting to green, sustainable future Cities face huge challenges in trying to shift to a greener future in the wake … Continue reading New EEA assessments on urban environmental change

Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Andrea Duffy, Director of International Studies at the Colorado State University and an environmental historian discusses the lessons learned from episodes in Mediterranean history that share key features that offer a warning for the future in an article on The Conversation website.   What the Ottoman Empire can teach us about the consequences of climate … Continue reading Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Many buildings could be transformed or redeployed through adaptive reuse for much-needed housing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we use buildings has changed. Many have been working from home. Shops and other buildings have closed or become unused for one reason or another. Norman Day, Lecturer in Architecture, Practice and Design, At Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology writes on The Conversation website about how these buildings can … Continue reading Many buildings could be transformed or redeployed through adaptive reuse for much-needed housing