By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, “we are creating the conditions in which epidemics flourish …”

Tom Pegram, Associate Professor in Global Governance and Deputy Director of UCL Global Governance Institute, UCL and Julia Kreienkamp, Researcher at the Global Governance Institute at UCL write on The Conversation website about our need to embrace the politics of ecology as our sustainable way forward.   Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk … Continue reading By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, “we are creating the conditions in which epidemics flourish …”

There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

Galina Alova and Philipp Trotter of the University of Oxford write on The Conversation website about how they see the energy transition unfolding in Africa. Worryingly, it is going to be difficult to transition to renewable energies. Renewables represent only 10 % of Africa’s electricity production and even though they will significantly expand this decade, … Continue reading There is currently limited evidence for a quick transition to renewables in Africa

New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

The recent European Union chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to ensure that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published earlier this month, describes key approaches to make chemicals and products safe and sustainable by design, before they enter the market.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on ensuring that chemicals make a positive contribution to society without harming the environment and people’s health

The benefits of regenerative grazing

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. Henry Fountain discusses how much it can really help the fight against climate change in an article on The New York Times website.   A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp Adam Isaacs stood surrounded … Continue reading The benefits of regenerative grazing

To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

Cher Murphy writes on The Stewardship Report website about the need for us to be much more ambitious in our actions to improve energy efficiency. What are your views?   Why Small Changes Are Not Enough in Energy Efficiency Millions of people take steps each year to try to reduce their carbon footprint and save … Continue reading To reach our climate change targets and produce real, meaningful energy savings we have to think bigger

Many Canadian condominiums opting for geothermal heating and cooling

While most geothermal systems in the past 40 years have been installed in single-family homes, those in the industry say growth in the market is now driven by condominiums. Emily Chung writes on the CBC website about the increasing interest in this technology. What are your views?   Why geothermal is a hot trend in … Continue reading Many Canadian condominiums opting for geothermal heating and cooling

Climate change: the need for more diversity in boardrooms

Despite improvements in gender equality, numbers are still lagging. The link between gender diversity and carbon footprint may not be obvious. Of five groups of businesses, the least diverse were twice as likely to fail to disclose the bare minimum of GHG data as the most diverse. A 2019 Credit Suisse study found that companies … Continue reading Climate change: the need for more diversity in boardrooms

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 briefing explores alternative ways of thinking about economic growth and progress

How can societies and people prosper and grow without harming the environment and climate? Is it possible to implement the European Green Deal through social innovations that have little or no environmental impact? To broaden the sustainability debate, a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, explores alternative ways of thinking about growth and … Continue reading New EEA briefing explores alternative ways of thinking about economic growth and progress

Our laptops and smart phones have a terrible ecological footprint

Charli Shield discusses the environmental impact of our electronic equipment in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Currently only 17.4 % of our electronic equipment is formally collected and recycled. Any good suggestions how we change this?   The invisible waste behind our laptops and smartphones We tend to focus on household garbage as … Continue reading Our laptops and smart phones have a terrible ecological footprint