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Covid-19 has presented an opportunity to rethink and act radically and really consider the actual purpose of tourism

Covid-19 has presented an opportunity to rethink and act radically and really consider the actual purpose of tourism

For many of us this year, during the pandemic, holidays were curtailed or radically changed. Brendan Paddison, Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, York St John University and Karla Boluk, Associate Professor in Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo write on The Conversation website about making our holidays more sustainable. … Continue reading

Among all the globe’s 20 most industrialised nations, only India and Indonesia maintain a diet low enough in carbon emissions to meet the Paris climate target

Among all the globe’s 20 most industrialised nations, only India and Indonesia maintain a diet low enough in carbon emissions to meet the Paris climate target

The “food-print” emissions produced by G20 countries, which account for around 64% of the world’s population, currently create 75% of the total global food-related emissions. Many are saying that the pandemic has shown how broken our food system is. Elliot Douglas discusses the issue in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   World needs 7 … Continue reading

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

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

Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

Trees have a fundamental place in cities – amongst other benefits they are powerhouses when it comes to regulating city microclimates

As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn’t much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings. Charli Shield discusses in an article on the Deutsche Welle website why trees are more important than ever.   Trees help … Continue reading

“It is therefore certainly possible socially and psychologically for humans to live without growth. But it is certainly impossible politically and economically for humans to choose that option proactively now.”

“It is therefore certainly possible socially and psychologically for humans to live without growth. But it is certainly impossible politically and economically for humans to choose that option proactively now.”

Dennis Meadows, the American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management, and former director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire, known as a coauthor of The Limits to Growth, writes a timely article on the Club of Rome website about a world where the globe’s population, … Continue reading

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

The challenge for architects to integrate all design requirements including improving energy performance but also coping now with the 100-year viral pandemic

We have developed complex codes, regulations and guidelines to achieve goals such as structural safety, fire safety, adequate ventilation and energy efficiency, and to anticipate extreme scenarios such as 100-year floods. The question for architects now is whether and how the 100-year viral pandemic will change architectural design and building operations. This is the challenge … Continue reading

UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

UK government’s plans for sustainable “garden communities” likely to create 200,000 car-dependent families

A study into 20 proposed developments suggests transport links and local amenities are poor with communities requiring expanded road systems. This hardly seems sustainable. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website.   Garden community projects could create 200,000 car-dependent families, study suggests A flagship project to build more than 50 green housing … Continue reading