Keeping track of the environment fish lived in used to involve nets and dredging. In Maine, USA, scientists are harvesting DNA from water to understand what organisms support the local aquaculture. Their aim is to save the landlocked Arctic Charr, a fish that's lived in Maine's lakes for millennia and is now under threat.
The UK may win plaudits for being an attractive investment decision, but there are still significant concerns for investors. A lack of skills and government barriers are top concerns. Neither will be solved easily.
Creating high-concept design packaging for consumers buying online might not be the best use of resources. Instead, focusing on a robust, sustainable packet that can stand up to the demands of shipping may be a better call for product designers.
Greater concern for the environment is driving demands from commercial tenants. They're looking for charging stations for their EVs, improvements to energy efficiency and recycling options for waste. Commercial properties that can deliver on these requirements will find it far easier to win clients concerned about their social responsibility.
More than 2 years after then Environment Minister Lizz Truss promised to ban trophy imports, the trade into the UK continues. The wild lion population is reported to have fallen to 15,000 in the past few years, with trophy hunts still being sold. While back benchers are pushing for a ban to be implemented, the UK government's approach to the problem is to hold "round tables" with the hunting industry.
Ainun Nishat, Emiritus Professor at Brac University, believes Bangladesh's attempts to tackle climate change are too tactical. An over emphasis on individual projects without a clear, coherent strategy, could be undermining efforts. It's a sad state of affairs for a country on the front line of the damage climate change can bring.
For several years it seems the US Air Force has been polluting lakes in Michigan, USA. PFAS contamination has blighted the local community and efforts by the military to stem the pollution appear to have had little effect.
Giving families a way out of the "low income spiral" could come via solar power. A college in Illinois is training a generation of electricians to work on installing and maintain panels in domestic and commercial settings. With solar panels becoming an increasingly popular way to generate renewable energy, th students could be perfectly placed to reap rewards.
Five new affordable homes are being added to the Point Breeze development. The trust works by offering low income families a 99 year lease (which can be inherited by heirs), but is treated like home ownership. When the house is sold on to another low income family, the outgoing tenants receive a portion of the profit. It's an interesting idea that's giving low income families a home and creating communities.
A study into insect populations has uncovered what researchers are calling confirmation the sixth major extinction event in earth history is under way. Insects are essential in maintaining the ecosystem, yet intensive agriculture and the use of pesticides has been reducing their numbers dramatically. If action isn't taken quickly to reverse this trend, there is a very real possibility of a dramatic collapse of nature across the planet.
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