COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

Although COVID-19 itself, and the associated containment measures, have had tragic consequences for societies, it also serves as an unprecedented natural experiment that helps us to better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment. Frederik Noack, Assistant Professor, environmental economics, University of British Columbia; Dominic Rohner, Professor of Economics, Université de Lausanne; and … Continue reading COVID-19 has helped researchers better understand the relationship between economic activity and the environment

In search of a more sustainable tire

The Russian dandelion helped supply the Allied forces with rubber through the Second World War. Now, tire makers are hoping it could make a commercial comeback to help tires become more sustainable. Jack McGovan explains in an artlcle on the Deutsche Welle website.   Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? In 1931, Soviet … Continue reading In search of a more sustainable tire

Sustainable development starts with our health

An EiD follower recently wrote that this article about men’s health is vitally important for EiD readers. It isn’t on energy but it certainly covers sustainable development that is important to all of us.  Erin Brokovich, the well-known an American legal clerk and environmental activist, writes on The Guardian website that toxic chemicals are harming … Continue reading Sustainable development starts with our health

Tackling “planned obsolescence” of electric goods

Britain is considering how it can tackle the number of products that end up in landfill. Ministers are also looking at laws to force manufacturers to make spare parts available for at least seven years and encourage repairs rather than replacement of broken products. Andrew Ellson discusses latest developments in an article on The Times … Continue reading Tackling “planned obsolescence” of electric goods

New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

What is pollution and how does it affect us and the environment? Europe is taking action to reduce pollution and, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission put forward a zero-pollution ambition for Europe. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published recently, looks at the pollution challenge in Europe from different … Continue reading New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

New EEA briefing on the importance of clearer labelling and better public awareness in tackling with Europe’s plastic problem

Biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastic products like shopping bags, packaging or drinking cups are being increasingly promoted as greener solution than traditional plastic products for consumers. But how environmentally-friendly are they? A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing released this week says clearer labelling and better public awareness will improve the correct disposal of these plastics … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the importance of clearer labelling and better public awareness in tackling with Europe’s plastic problem

Chemicals leaking from old equipment are delaying the recovery of the ozone layer, scientists say

Polluting emissions from old fridges, foam insulation and outdated air conditioning units are slowing the recovery of the ozone layer over Antarctica.  Madeleine Cuff discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Emissions from old fridges and air conditioning units slowing recovery of ozone Polluting emissions from old fridges, foam insulation and … Continue reading Chemicals leaking from old equipment are delaying the recovery of the ozone layer, scientists say

New year brings new regulations for the shipping industry

EiD has had several posts in recent years about pollution issues related to shipping. New rules introduced by International Maritime Organisation that came into force on January 1 this year are expected to reduce certain forms of air pollution. Importantly ships will only be allowed to use fuel oil with a very low sulphur content. … Continue reading New year brings new regulations for the shipping industry

More concerns about maritime pollution

Environmental “cheat” devices fitted to thousands of ships could render some UK ports unusable by contaminating sediment and increasing the cost of dredging, authorities fear. ‘Scrubbers’ may pollute sea instead of air despite complying with new legislation. Wil Crisp explains in an article on the Independent website.   Environmental ‘cheat devices’ fitted to thousands of … Continue reading More concerns about maritime pollution

Many shipping companies have rigged their vessels with “cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation

Greed is obviously so powerful that companies are willing to cheat by circumventing legislation.  Will Crisp writes on the Independent website about what is happening in the global shipping industry.   Thousands of ships fitted with ‘cheat devices’ to divert poisonous pollution into sea Global shipping companies have spent millions rigging vessels with “cheat devices” … Continue reading Many shipping companies have rigged their vessels with “cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation