Day: November 18, 2019

‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to food production

Read the full story from Food Navigator.

A report highlights the risk to food production presented by a drastic decline in the world’s insect population.

Arla to create climate database to tackle emissions

Read the full story from Food Manufacture.

Dairy processor Arla has set out to create the world’s largest climate database as part of its drive towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Loop could be the major packaging shift we’ve been waiting for

Read the full story from Mother Nature Network.

It’s now well-known that the packaging for our food and personal products is an unsustainable, garbage-producing mess. Even stuff that’s recyclable mostly isn’t — especially plastics. In all the years we’ve been diligently recycling, the truth is we haven’t gotten very far. Just 9 percent of plastic was recycled, 16 percent of it was burned, and 75 percent was sent to landfills in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Looking at these numbers, it’s easy to see why our oceans, and the animals that live there, are choked with plastics, and our beaches are strewn with the stuff. Clearly the “recycle more” mantra has failed and we need another solution to packaging. Even the experts agree: “While recycling is critically important, it’s not going to solve the waste problem,” according to Tom Szaky, the CEO of TerraCycle, a company that has worked on issues around packaging and recycling for over a decade.

Enter Loop, a program with a mission to “eliminate the idea of waste,” says Szaky. Loop addresses the first part of the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” by creating returnable, reusable packaging for common consumer items.

Huge study documents gender gap in chemistry publishing

Read the full story in Nature.

Analysis finds female-led papers are more likely to be rejected, and less likely to be cited, than those with male corresponding authors.

Putting a conservation finger on the internet’s pulse

Read the full story from the University of Helsinki.

Scientists from the University of Helsinki have figured out how to mine people’s online reactions to endangered animals and plants, so that they can reduce the chance of pushing species toward extinction.

Making sustainability ‘more inclusive’: RSPO adopts new palm oil standard for smallholders

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Smallholders account for almost 40% of global palm oil production, yet just a fraction is certified sustainable. The RSPO is looking to change this with a new sustainable palm oil standard for low acreage farmers.

HVAC Industry Shoots for Sustainable Skyscrapers

Read the full story from ACHR News.

Tall buildings require strategic solutions when it comes to renewable energy.

More South Korean academics caught naming kids as co-authors

Read the full story in Nature.

The practice was probably used to improve the children’s chances of securing a university place.

Exploring the business case for carbon removal

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

It’s clear that carbon removal activities soon will play a transformative role in the global economy. With that transformation comes enormous opportunity. How to make the business case for developing those services was the subject of multiple sessions last month during VERGE 19.

For Europe’s Far-Right Parties, Climate Is a New Battleground

Read the full story at e360.

As its refugee crisis recedes, Europe’s increasingly powerful nationalist and populist parties have found a new cause — attacking what they view as elitist hysteria over climate change. Will these movements succeed in blunting European action on cutting CO2 emissions?

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