The 1-year mark of Joe Biden’s presidency is fast approaching and as an environmentally-concerned American, this upcoming anniversary has made me curious to dig into Biden’s climate record. President Biden campaigned with a climate-friendly platform and promised to restore the United States’ presence on the international stage for climate policy. So what has actually happenedContinue reading “President Biden & the Climate: a year in review”
You may have come across the term “community energy” recently, but what is it and what are the benefits?
The volume of plastic waste has significantly increased with the rise of PPE and mask use. What are the most environmentally friendly ways to stay safe?
The Green New Deal is a buzzword, but does it mean the same thing in every context?
Given the scientific consensus that the climate crisis exists, what is scientific research doing today to tackle environmental change?
Find out what recycling symbols in Europe mean and how to recycle properly.
Let’s debunk some common myths around the smart network and look at the benefits for you and the environment when you switch to a smart meter.
2021 marks the dawn of a new era in Washington D.C. President Biden has a unique opportunity to progress environmental policies and justice.
Where does the concept of product circularity sit next to other sustainability metrics, and how can we generate the most meaningful understanding for how to optimise product sustainability from it?
Why is your transition to bio-plastic not reducing your climate change impact as much as you thought?
Stuck at home for so long, it’s quite possible that many will turn to the comfort of online shopping. Learn 5 main reasons why you should try to limit buying new clothes altogether, regardless of the current trends, season and mood.
When people use plastic for whichever reason that might be, does it balance out its production and recycling footprint?
When you hear the phrase ‘green energy’ you might instinctively think of the ways we generate renewable energy for electricity. One of the key players which isn’t talked about enough is embodied energy – find out how we still have untapped potential to radically improve our sustainability by thinking about embodied energy.
Recycling is a well established waste management strategy for many developed nations. However, recycling is not always the best solution to improve environmental performance.
Do you know what the difference is between weather and climate?
Buildings contribute over 15% to global greenhouse gas emissions but are often overlooked in climate mitigation strategies.
We saw wildfires around the globe that lasted for many days and burned anything that stood in their way with fury, including homes, schools, churches, and in some cases, entire communities.
We can’t wait any longer. It’s time for the business world and governments to show true leadership on climate action.
If we don’t meet net zero, we’ll have much bigger problems to grapple with than a missed target.
One thing has become clearer and clearer the longer I am in the sustainability field. To have even the remotest chance of reducing the impact of climate change, we need action across all levels of society – government, business, and local communities – and that needs to start on an individual level.
The stakes are even higher given the IPCC report, which came out in October. According to the report (which is an incredibly comprehensive piece of work made up of hundreds of scientists ), a 2 degree rise in global temperature will cause irreversible damage to ecosystems globally. That means that the Paris commitments may not be stringent enough.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the mentality that change only matters when it’s big and revolutionary. Particularly for those of us working in the field, we get impatient with small changes. But incremental change is better than no change, and we need to get better at accepting that.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, the world saw a historical moment – world leaders shook on the first climate agreement that actually meant something, or as the Guardian put it, solidified the end of the fossil fuel era. The 2015 United Nations climate change conference, commonly known as COP21, met in Paris and produced a 40-pageContinue reading “COP 21: Putting the Pieces Together for Private-Sector Action”
The trial on global warming is reaching its climax. Climate change is perpetually featured in the news, from UN summits in Paris to climate deniers in the Senate. The Earth’s temperature is increasing; that fact is not up for debate. But what’s causing climate change? How much will the temperature increase by? Who will it affect? What willContinue reading “Climate Change: Innocent Until Proven Guilty”
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