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Around the world: Paris, Milan and Austria are joining the fight against climate change
Climate change is a global problem and we’re looking at some of the international solutions that are helping to fight the crisis. From urban forests to all-transport travel passes, Europe’s...
Around the world: amping up emission pledges and hopeful Netflix watches
Climate change has been on everyone’s minds in the last few weeks with COP26 coming to an end. If you’re wondering how we can pivot our mindsets for 2022 or...
Around the world: ahead of COP26, the carbon-cutting innovations that could help
After a summer of floods, forest fires and heat waves, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, COP26, can’t get underway soon enough. While we await the outcome, here are...
Around the world: how women are inspiring us in science and space
October’s Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). To mark the occasion, we’ve been reading about the female...
Around the world: Managing health conditions, food waste and the microplastics problem
Tons of rotting apples and wonky veg never even make it to our supermarket shelves, but what if tweaking their genes could change that? Here are the stories answering that,...
Around the world: The impact of live music, e-waste and gaming on climate change
Music is on our minds this month. A brand-new speaker is challenging the idea that technology is disposable and live music’s impact on climate change is in the spotlight, while...
Around the World: Oysters vs. rising sea levels, marine recycling and robot penguins
From how oysters are tackling rising sea levels, to office chairs made from marine waste and the future of ocean research—discover the stories that caught our eye this week.
Around the world: The IPCC report (2021) and the language of climate change
From natural sponges and trees as weapons to championing biodiversity in indigenous communities–discover the stories that caught our eye on climate change this week.
Around the world: Space, smart farming and climate action
The new space race has encouraged a new sustainability rating and we’re reading all about this week. We’re also wondering if “smart-farmed” labels are in our future and what learnings...
Around the world: 3D printed wood, fermentation and coral reefs
From a startup working to 3D print wood waste, to how fermentation can help avoid food waste and how climate change is affecting coral reefs—discover the stories that caught our...
Around the world: Olympics, climate action and NASA-inspired tech
From the way climate change will impact sporting events in the future, to how technology can bridge the gap between climate talk and action, and a NASA-inspired technology that converts...
Around the world: Hotels on rails, probiotic trees and addressing inequality
From a French startup challenging the way we travel, to trees helping clean up America’s contaminated land and solutions to create a future that leaves no one behind—discover the stories...
Around the world: Wind power, portable solar distillers and nature-based solutions to climate change
From the future of wind power to an innovation aiming to provide anyone in the world with clean drinking water, and the importance of addressing nature loss—discover the stories that...
Around the world: how to reimagine our cities, AI powered biology and high-tech clothing labels
From our cities having the potential to become hubs for biodiversity conservation and climate resilience to AI helping biologists classify the world’s tiny creatures, and clothing labels evolving to be...
Around the world: Scientists are mapping migration, trying to remove CO2 from the air and the Galápagos Islands are getting a boost
It’s always a good news week when Leonardo DiCaprio is involved. From conservation efforts in the Galápagos Islands to major new climate emissions trials in the UK, here’s what’s currently...
Around the world: Hope for biodiversity, renewable energy and French flight bans in favor of trains.
From inspiring developments for biodiversity and growth in the renewable energy industry, to a bold move to cut emissions from the French government—discover the stories that caught our eye this...
Around the world: plastic-eating bacteria, space tech and blue carbon ecosystems
From exciting developments around how to deal with plastic waste, to World Heritage marine sites that store billions of tonnes of CO2—discover the stories that caught our eye this week.
Digital Storytelling Evolves: Eco-Innovators Pangaia Push The Envelope For Online Immersion
The era of online immersion is almost upon us. 
Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic
The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found.
From Smart To Sustainable: We Can Retrofit Our Homes To Be Net Zero Within A Decade
Today, we are spending more time at home amid ongoing social restrictions, colder weather and increased home-working. This is leading many of us to re-evaluate our housing conditions: to enjoy...
Are Organic Fabrics with Bacteria the Future of Sustainable Fashion?
With consumers more aware of the impact of their clothing and purchase decisions on the environment, they’re looking for alternatives that make the difference, without compromising on quality. Enter bacteria...
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Just how bad is NYFW for the environment? A new CFDA report tries to find out
Some of what's in it may surprise you. Just because Covid-19 has come onto the scene doesn't mean that people have forgotten about the other looming crisis facing humanity: climate...
Ocean Energy Is Vital To The Low Carbon 2.0 Energy Transition
As the world seeks out new decarbonization strategies to address the impacts of climate change, the success stories of solar and wind need to be complemented by other renewable energy...
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Scientists Dissect The Tactics Of Climate Delayers
With climate change increasingly difficult to deny, those who would do nothing about it have turned to delay. European scientists last month catalogued what they call the “Four Discourses of...
Bee population numbers are dropping - and US crop yields could plummet as a result
A lack of pollinators like bees is leading to reduced crop yields for apples, cherries, and blueberries across the United States, researchers report. Most of the world’s crops depend on honeybees...
Science has a new tool in the fight against climate change: good data
Founded in 2008 and given European Research Infrastructure Consortium status by the EU Commission in 2015, the Integrated Carbon Observation Systems (ICOS) is a network of 130 carbon-measuring stations (along...
5 things you might not know about forests – but should
“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people,” said former US president, Franklin Roosevelt. Covering almost a third of the Earth’s surface, forests are...
How Earth’s plastic pollution problem could look by 2040
During a visit to a bookstore a few weeks ago, we couldn’t help but stare at a display unit featuring no fewer than ten books telling you how to rid...
Throng of new penguin colonies in Antarctica spotted from space
Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20%.
Meet the woman making cycling even more sustainable in Ghana
Bernice Dapaah calls bamboo “a miracle plant”, because it grows so fast and absorbs carbon. But it can also work wonders for children’s education and women’s employment – as she’s...
Is Sustainable Loungewear The Future Of Fashion?
Six months ago, the only thing that would get me to even look at a matching sweatsuit was Zoë Kravitz — wearing one (from Entireworld) underneath a moss-green Loewe duster. Now, I, and...
Meet PANGAIA, The Eco-Friendly Fashion Label Taking Over Instagram
The brand has been spotted on everyone from Pharrell Williams to Kourtney Kardashian. Sustainability is a hot topic for the fashion industry. After years of pressure by NGOs and consumers, major fashion labels such...
This company thinks bacteria can help fix fashion's water pollution problem
In 2013, a team of Cambridge University scientists were in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley, developing a device to measure pollution in the region's waters. The scientists spoke to local people, who...
Red Sea corals' heat tolerance offers hope for climate crisis
Reefs from Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea survived rise of seven degrees, say marine scientists. The scientists cranked the heat above the lethal threshold, and waited for the corals...
This seaweed extract outperforms COVID-19 drug remdesivir in the lab
Remdesivir was the first major pharmaceutical breakthrough of the coronavirus pandemic: Research has found it’s able to help some patients recover faster from severe cases of the illness and may...
The Methuselah tree and the secrets of Earth’s oldest organisms
As old-timers go, the Methuselah tree in California’s White Mountains takes some beating. According to research released last week, this ancient bristlecone pine will be 4,851 years old this year....
How AI is bringing the ‘dark matter of nutrition’ to light, unlocking the power of plants
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t just transform how we work and communicate. It also accelerated the need for more proactive health measures for chronic health problems tied to diet. Such problems...
Pangaia Comes With Superlative Sustainable Credentials
Self-cleaning T-shirts made from seaweed; puffer coats filled with wildflowers; lab-produced pigments made from a flower’s DNA: welcome to the world of Pangaia, a rising star on the sustainable stage which...
What is environmental racism?
Poisoned tap water in Flint, Michigan. Toxic waste dumps in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A town in China where 80% of children have been poisoned by old computer parts. What do these things...
Turning trash into treasure: how Australia plans to recycle its way to recovery after COVID-19
The Australian government has announced a A$190 million (US$130 million) investment in the nation’s first Recycling Modernisation Fund, with the aim of transforming the country’s waste and recycling industry. The hope...
Biodiversity: The next frontier in sustainable fashion
It’s time for the apparel industry to radically reduce the industry’s contribution to biodiversity loss. Here are four interventions that can make the biggest impact. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability remains...
Rice, Climate Change And A Post-COVID Opportunity For Women In Guyana
Rice, the most widely consumed staple in the world, has been one of the central protagonists in the global food crisis caused by COVID-19. Three quarters of global rice exports,...
Why climate change increases gender inequality
From sexual violence in displacement camps to extra farm work and greater risk of illness, women shoulder a bigger burden from worsening extreme weather and other climate pressures pushing people...
What If Your Clothes Could Protect You From Viruses, Keep You Cool, and Simplify Your Life
A common sentiment about the rise of athleisure is that we need clothes that work harder for us. Leggings and sportswear move with our bodies, wick sweat, block UV rays,...