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Should We Name Heat Waves Like We Name Hurricanes?

6 Mins Read By: Jeff Barardelli If asked to recall a hurricane, odds are you’d immediately invoke memorable names like Sandy, Katrina or Harvey. You’d probably even remember something specific about the impact of the storm. But if asked to recall a heat wave, a vague recollection that it was hot during your last summer vacation may be […]

How the Demand for Cheap Soy Is Destroying the Amazon

4 Mins Read What’s certain is that the growth in both the soy and beef industries have come at the expense of the Amazon rainforest. As of 2019, Brazil is the world’s largest soy producer, with at least 24 million hectares of land devoted to cultivating soy crops, most of which are from GMO seeds. This area is […]

Report: Climate Change Offers Farmers ‘Huge Opportunity’ to Shift to Sustainable Protein

3 Mins Read Farmers are worried about climate change, and they need transition solutions, says a new report from nonprofit ProVeg. Alternative protein looks to be the sustainable answer. “There are huge opportunities for farmers in the transition towards sustainable alternative proteins, including higher margins and greater security through long-term industry partnerships,” reads the report summary. ProVeg says […]

Climate Candy Is A Thing And It’s Tackling Food Waste

4 Mins Read Is climate candy set to be the next food niche? LA-based PurePlus says yes. The startup launched its first consumer brand, Faves, in 2021 as a sustainable alternative to Starburst. Today, each packet of chews contains one serving of fruits and veggies and saves scores of viable produce from ending up in landfill. According to […]

The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? Stigmatisation Vs. Deinstitutionalisation

5 Mins Read By: Céline Louche, Delphine Gibassier & Jennifer Goodman “Plastic-free aisle”, “No plastic straws”, “Plastic-free Tuesday”. Social media abounds with anti-plastic messages and chilling statistics about the quantity of plastic in our oceans, food, clothes and bodies flash before us in quick succession. Shocking images that circulate widely provoke emotions and generate momentum for action on plastic. […]

How Brexit, Climate Change, and Covid Helped Break the U.K.’s Food System

4 Mins Read In its flagship report on the state of the U.K.’s food system, The Food Foundation reveals struggles across the country in the wake of Brexit, covid, and the ongoing impact of climate change. “The Broken Plate” report from the Food Foundation reveals a broken post-Brexit food system across the U.K., with the poorest 20 percent […]

Can These 6 Marine Tech Startups Help Solve The Many Issues Facing Our Oceans?

4 Mins Read Some of the most exciting young “ocean innovators” accepted into UpLink, the open digital platform launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF), are working toward sustainable progress in ocean conservation.  Life below water is a vital planetary resource that we depend on for everything from absorbing nearly a third of carbon dioxide produced by humans, […]

17 Young People On The Moment The Climate Crisis Became Real To Them

11 Mins Read By: Mary Retta Watching An Inconvenient Truth in your middle-school science class. Hearing Greta Thunberg’s calls to join weekly school strikes. Driving away from smouldering wildfires engulfing dry California hillsides. These are some of the moments that made young people realize the climate crisis will define their lives — and the future of human life on Earth. We’ve […]

Meat, Monopolies, Mega Farms: How the US Food System Fuels the Climate Crisis

6 Mins Read By: Amanda Schupak From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that don’t feed people – the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry. Food and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate […]

3 Italian Eco Entrepreneurs Changing The Future Of Fashion You Need To Know

3 Mins Read Italy has long been synonymous with luxury fashion and globally-recognised design talent. A new crop of Italian entrepreneurs are changing the discourse on what it means to create a fashion company in today’s global markets, where sustainability has become a key consideration. The fashion industry is reckoning with itself and sustainability has become the mot […]

KIN Nets $3.7 Million For Smart Food Ecosystem That Eliminates Food Waste

4 Mins Read Hong Kong-based ombnichannel food app KIN has just closed a $3.7 million pre-Series A funding round with participation confirmed by Tony Yeung, Chris Liu, Optimus Capital, and more to connect consumers more intrinsically to their food choices while eliminating waste and the negative environmental consequences of food delivery. KIN is powered by a learning algorithm […]

Planet FWD Bags $10 million To Improve Carbon Footprint Calculation Platform

4 Mins Read Carbon calculation startup Plant FWD has closed a $10 million Series A, co-led by Acre Venture Partners and Congruent Ventures as well as existing investors BBG Ventures, Precursor, Concrete Rose, and January Ventures among others. The startup has earmarked the funding for continued development of data, new product creation and enlarging the climate science team. […]

Dutch Airline KLM Sued Over Misleading Sustainability Claims

4 Mins Read Dutch carrier KLM’s recent advertising campaign, entitled ‘Fly Responsibly’ has caught the eye of climate activists, resulting in a lawsuit over perceived greenwashing brought against the airline. ClientEarth legal experts are supporting Fossielvrij NL, a Netherlands-based environmental campaign group, to sue KLM.  Central to the case is an accusation of misleading information regarding the sustainability […]

Foodsteps Nets $4.1 Million For Environmental Footprint-Labelling Platform

4 Mins Read U.K.-founded sustainability enterprise Foodsteps has closed a successful seed funding round, bringing in $4.1 million. The round was led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from Metaplanet, Ascension and the Conduit EIS Impact Fund. The cash injection will be used to finance an immediate hiring drive as the company seeks to double its team within the […]

HSBC Responsible Investing Head Stuart Kirk Compares Climate Change to Y2K

4 Mins Read Stuart Kirk, HSBC Asset Management’s (HSBC AM) global head of responsible investing has raised eyebrows following a speech at a Financial Times event. At the Moral Money gathering, hosted on May 19, he compared the climate crisis to the Y2K bug before stating that investors don’t need to worry about climate change. Kirk doubled down […]

John Oliver Takes On Environmental Racism

4 Mins Read Known for his ability to take complex topics and turn them into crib notes for widespread understanding, John Oliver has done it again. Employing his usual brand of humour, he took on the serious issue of environmental racism on the Last Week Tonight show. The host painted a graphic picture of not only what the […]

Brits Are More Climate Conscious Than Ever, According To Search Engine Data

4 Mins Read Google has released data that appears to demonstrate a shift towards climate awareness in the U.K. Users of the search engine have been looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, with specific methodologies starting to trend. Vintage and recycled clothing has proven to be a popular query, alongside electric vehicle searches. The revelation came […]