Munich’s bid to go 100 percent renewable causes resistance in Norway – Clean Energy Wire
The German city has a novel approach to solving its renewable energy needs: build wind farms somewhere else. The "Somewhere else" is Norway, where resistance is growing. The country has only 12 per cent of its wilderness left and local environmentalists and Sami minority are joining forces to push back.
Know facts about food to make informed choices – The Tribune
Food labelling is taken for granted in some markets and helps consumers make informed choices about their healthy and supports their own commitment to sustainability. In others, the practice isn't fully understood or has limited application. How to widen its use is a topic The Tribune threw open to its readers.
Which must come first, development or environmental protection? – Jamaica Observer
Environmentalism and business collide in the developing nation. Some are starting to argue the National Environment and Planning Agency should focus its efforts on resolving existing environmental issues, such as pollution in the Kingston harbour, rather than standing in the way of development.
London’s cycle network overhaul has come to a standstill – The Guardian
Sadiq Khan has claimed 140km of new cycleways in the UK Capital over the past 3 years. Experience suggests that cobbled together pieces of rough land and alleys may add up to 140, but lacks the real infrastructure to be called a cycle network. Even the claimed funding seems to be missing. Has the London Mayor "misspoken" or is this a fraud in the making?
Laos: Lawmakers call for stricter scrutiny on foreign businesses to protect environment & people’s livelihood | BHRRC
The East Asian country is growing tired of the behaviour of foreign investors and is set to take action. Pollution is one area where the country has seen foreign companies exploit the local ecosystem, with reports of Chinese companies polluting rivers and using chemicals that are harming their workforce.
Environment: Race on to make urban agriculture viable, durable – RTL Today
As more people move into cities, the opportunities to expand urban agriculture increase. Scaling these smallholdings and farms is proving difficult though, due in part to their location. It's creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and community groups to find ways to grow, harvest and distribute freshly grown produce.
Mercedes-Benz Cars Develops Blockchain-Prototype for Sustainable Supply Chains – SDC Exec
Blockchain is being used extensively in sustainability projects so parts and components can be traced to source. Mercedes has joined the movement, developing a prototype platform that links parts to their contract terms. This will allow the car giant to track individual components to their suppliers and expose the contract terms they were built under. It should help enforce traceability in the supply chain, a critical issue when trying to guarantee manufacture is sustainable.
Identifying common ground for sustainable agriculture in Europe – phys.org
Researchers at Lund University have uncovered a low level of alignment between research, policy and practice across European agriculture. This misalignment is harming efforts to create a common approach to sustainable agriculture that will scale across the bloc. Alignment between physical factors in research, livestock welfare and technology in policy and income and community in practice could bring significant strides.
Fiji to champion right to a safe environment – RNZ News
Having faced intense criticism before its appointment to the UN Human Rights Council, Fiji is hoping it can turn a corner by becoming a leader. Prime minister Frank Bainimarama wants to drive an agenda that includes enshrining a safe and healthy environment as a fundamental human right.
Little leeway to ease consumer pain as European power prices soar – Reuters
Wholesale power prices have been rising steadily over the past months. It's causing considerable pain in the supply industry - the UK has seen several utilities providers and a wholesaler fail, while the regulator has had to lift price caps to protect both industry and consumers. Part of the reason at least is the rise in carbon offset costs, which have raised by a quarter in less than a year. Energy companies have absorbed what they can, but as costs rise the protests are likely to increase too.
How electric cars could make America’s crumbling roads even worse – The Conversation
Tax revenues from fossil fuels are critical to supporting roads the world over. As we move to electric vehicles, this source of income is going to shrink and with it the funds available to maintain road networks. Politicians are going to have to find new ways to tax vehicles, which will mean the end of the free ride EVs have been getting and create some unpopular choices.