Making changes to our lifestyle to better support our environment can seem daunting. Small changes are easier, particularly if behavioural science is used to help nudge us in the right direction.
Climate pioneers: how small farmers could be leading the way towards sustainable agriculture – The Conversation
The vast majority of the world's farms are less than 2 hectares in size and at disproportionate risk from climate change. Yet its in these smallholdings that climate-start strategies are maintaining yields and protecting delicate ecosystems. It requires a redesign of farming though, something easier to achieve and maintain on a small farm, although there are lessons for every gardener and home grower to learn from.
If BP are correct, coal and gas are yet to peak and should reach their pinnacle by 2030. After that, the growth of renewables will outpace fossil and by 2040 they'll be the dominant source of energy. Twenty years feels like a long time to wait.
Transitioning buildings in the Illinois capital to 100% renewables by 2035 has not gone down well with some residents. Only this isn't an "anti-climate change" protest local communities are staging. They want change faster, claiming their lives are being plagued by pollution and the proposals leave poorer communities blighted for longer.
Rational investing is typically seen as making informed decisions purely on the basis of financial returns. "Impact Investing", where an ethical dimension plays a strong role in the decision, is becoming more common, although often investment options are limited to funds and portfolios provided by traditional providers. Swell aims to change that - and bring impact investments into the hands of the mass market.
A lot has been written about the benefits of the four day working week over recent months. Could the same principles be applied to education? Would a shorter working week be beneficial to both students and teachers alike? A county in Missouri is exploring its potential.
The East African Community is growing, but not at the pace it could. There are some 200 separate infrastructure projects proposed that would open up the bloc to greater trade and raise living standards for its citizens. Could Islamic and interest free investment models fund this growth?
Urban populations are growing fast, putting increasing pressure on already stretched infrastructure. Meeting the demands of these new populations and reducing the impact of construction on the environment is a key challenge facing the planners rushing to keep up. While regulations may help, a more circular approach to the infrastructure investments is also required. Stockholm's extension to its metro network is one example others could learn from.
As the crackdown on processed sugar continues, the UK producer has looked for alternatives to feed the world's sweet tooth. Stevia is a small plant that's been used for centuries in some cultures, and which Tate & Lyle has invested in. By partnering with Earthwatch, it's aiming to understand the environmental impact of production. After all, we've seen the damage "environmentally friendly" alternatives can do before when their impacts were not fully understood.
Ford closed its Australian factory in 2016, ending car production at one of Australia's oldest sites. Now Vesta, the Danish renewables company, and local firm Marand Precision Engineering, are taking over part of the site to create the next generation of manufacturing plant. For the first time in 20 years, wind turbines will be manufactured in Australia.
The "shared housing" space is growing in India. The boom is being fuelled by low earnings and high housing costs. Companies are cashing in, providing "turnkey" solutions that bundle a home, amenities, utilities and even community activities with the convenience of an app.
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