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Creating biodiversity in food, EU firms lack CO2 targets, Argentina triggers renewable investments

Creating biodiversity in food,  EU firms lack CO2 targets, Argentina triggers renewable investments

Towards a “Great Food Transformation” – UN Environment

Of the 250,000 known plant species, just 7,000 are used as human food and just 12 (along with 5 animal species) contribute 75% of the world's energy intake. Our over-dependence on a small number of crops is not only damaging biodiversity, it's leaving us exposed to the effects of climate change. A new initiative by the UN in 4 nations is tasked with targeting this problem and expanding our range of sustainable crops.

Source: Towards a “Great Food Transformation” – UN Environment

Cohousing community encourages multi-generational living – News Channel 5

A new development is encouraging an inter-generational community from the design up. Housing is arranged and designed in a way that encourages interaction, from a simple courtyard that serves as a communal living room, to the design of individuals. Will the residents of Nashville take to this new style of living, or will the "commune" tag wipe out the social benefits?

Source: Cohousing community encourages multi-generational living – News Channel 5

Culture of the Heart: The Benefits of a Community-centered Mindset – International Policy Digest

In an increasingly fractious world, could reintroducing some "heart" back into the social landscape start a process of healing? Michael Galloway argues a more inclusive, community minded approach to tackling the world's problems may prove more effective than the current "dogma-first" attitude adopted by many.

Source: Culture of the Heart: The Benefits of a Community-centered Mindset – International Policy Digest

Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets – The Guardian

Although climate change is a risk on many company's radar, few lack firm targets to reduce their own CO2 targets. Those that do seem to be focused on 2025. Firms do appear to be taking the issue seriously though, with 58 per cent reporting a reduction in their CO2 emissions. Summary: EU plc must work harder.

Source: Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets – The Guardian

Difference on sustainable forest consumption widens in Finland – Xinhua

Finland has a plan to increase its wood consumption to meet global demand for the renewable material. Not everyone is happy though, as the government appointed Climate Panel point to the loss of a valuable CO2 sink that's absorbing emissions. Could our quest for more wood lead to higher CO2 levels?

Source: Difference on sustainable forest consumption widens in Finland – Xinhua

Sustainable products and eco-ingredients helping the Kāpiti Coast go green – Stuff.co.nz

Residents of the Kapiti Coast are leading a fight against unsustainable consumerism in their region. Tired of pollution, single use plastics and other non-eco products, a community of eco minded entrepreneurs and small businesses has sprung up. From screen printing to jewellery, they're tackling local climate change one product at a time.

Source: Sustainable products and eco-ingredients helping the Kāpiti Coast go green – Stuff.co.nz

Robinson says sustainable goals should be part of education curriculum | BreakingNews.ie

Former Irish President Mary Robinson, has called on the current government to introduce "sustainable living" into the classroom. Speaking at an event at Trinity College, she highlighted the impact the UN's sustainability goals could have on reducing global climate change.

Source: Robinson says sustainable goals should be part of education curriculum | BreakingNews.ie

Analysis reveals gap in UK renewable heating adoption – Smart Energy

Gas powered central heating remains a common way of heating the UK's homes. Awareness of other options is low though, with few people having even heard of some of the most effective methods.

Source: Analysis reveals gap in UK renewable heating adoption – Smart Energy

Private investing is powering Argentina’s renewable energy revolution – Power Technology

Argentina is a laggard compared to many South American countries. In spite of an abundance of sunshine, steady winds and extensive farmlands and waterways, just 2 per cent of its power comes from renewable sources. This is set to change as both private investment and new government policies are uniting to create a drive to generate more power with less pollution.

Source: Private investing is powering Argentina’s renewable energy revolution – Power Technology

Energy and Water Minister: Will you lead the Lebanese renewable energy revolution? – The Daily Star

Lebanon has one of the most polluted cities on Earth. It relies on oil and diesel to generate power, and because supply is unreliable, citizens then run their own diesel generators, which creates more pollution. Zeina al-Hajj, the director of Greenpeace MENA in Lebanon, has called on the country's environment minister to solve this crisis.

Source: Energy and Water Minister: Will you lead the Lebanese renewable energy revolution? – The Daily Star

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