Ocean species are disappearing faster than those on land – National Geographic
Climate Change isn't just being felt on the surface of the planet. Research from Rutgers University has suggested the ocean feeling the full force of rising temperatures, with ocean species vanishing at an alarming rate. Widespread extinctions are likely being triggered by rising water temperatures and whereas a land based creature can find a cool piece of shade, sea creatures cannot. Even a shift of a single degree can affect the breeding and feeding habits of marine creatures. It seems our quest to lower the warming of the surface of the planet needs to go deeper into our oceans if the feared mass extinction event is to be avoided.
Seventh Generation’s 8X concentrated detergent uses 60% less plastic – Greener Package
The washing detergent from Seventh Generation presents an interesting challenge for consumers. Highly concentrated, a typical wash needs just 11 millilitres of the fluid, barely two teaspoons. Yet consumers have long held the false belief "more detergent = better washing". It also means the bottle is much smaller, which may put many off buying it. Their solution? Sell via eCommerce where it's easier to promote its low physical volume and high performance.
Government urged to back carbon capture technology to meet climate change goals and protect UK industry – The Independent
Carbon Capture Usage and Storage technology is one way the UK could meet emissions targets without radical changes to the industrial landscape. However, false starts, a lack of direction and confusion over environmental policy has meant the country has no industrial scale CCUS facilities. A committee of MPs is urging the Government to act, and has offered an ominous warning that without it some heavy industries would be forced to shut down. It's a dramatic warning, and one the May Government seems to have brushed aside.
Pond: Using Algae to Turn CO2 to Our Many Advantages – Sustainable Brands
While carbon capture technologies gather pace, one Canadian firm has been busy finding ways to recycle it. Algae feeds on CO2, absorbing the pollutant and then expelling oxygen. The organism can then be used in anything from food to alternative plastics. With its coffers lined with investment funds, Pond has been extending the reach of its algae, buying into a food ingredient provider and teaming up with a supplements manufacturer. If successful, could algae become our next supercrop?
European E-Waste Causing Catastrophic Levels of Toxins in African Free Range Eggs – Waste Management World
E-waste from the EU has been finding its way into the Ghanaian food system. Dangerously high levels of toxins have been uncovered in a study by the Basel Action Network. The report follows on from findings released earlier in the year where waste from the EU was tracked to Africa after it was supposed to have been recycled within the bloc.
Taylor Guitars plant 1500 West African Ebony trees in Cameroon – Mixdown
Guitar manufacturer Taylor Guitars uses a lot of ebony in their products. The tree is under threat, with stocks falling due to over-harvesting and climate change. Teaming up with the Congo Basin Institute, the company has pledged to plant 15,000 new ebony trees by the end of 2020 as part of a drive to make its operations more sustainable. The first 1,500 have been planted in Cameroon, along with 1,500 fruit trees.
Igloo Made a Disposable Cooler That’s Not Terrible For the Environment – The Inventory
Americans heading for the beach often use disposable coolers to pack their drinks and picnics, then leave them lying around. Igloo has created a version that uses recyclable materials, has minimal density and still keeps things cool and fresh. Sadly it seems like an attempt to fix the wrong problem, and give its users a warm and fuzzy feeling while still dumping their rubbish on the beach.
Tata Power launches e-waste collection campaign for earth day – Times of India
In Pune, India, residents can drop off their old gadgets for recycling rather than dump them in landfill. There are four locations in the city where waste can be dropped off, with Tata offering vouchers as a reward for recycling.
Sarasota County Facing Lawsuit Over Faulty Sewage System Pollution – My Sun Coast
Three environmental groups are suing Sarasota County for failing to maintain the local sewage system. They're claiming the system is old, poorly maintained and easily inundated. As a result, pollution, including raw sewage, is allow to leak into the sea and pollute the area's beaches. Although the local authorities will defend the lawsuit, they're now working with the environmental groups to solve the problem and restore clean water.
London pollution lower around Extinction Rebellion protests – London Air Quality Network
Research from Kings College London has shown air pollution was lower around the sites of the Extinction Rebellion protests. This shouldn't be a surprise as buses, taxis and other vehicles were blocked during the period. While some expected pollution to rise in surrounding areas due to congestion and diversions, the analysis found little evidence of this, with some areas seeing lower pollution areas. Increases in pollution further away were inconsistent with the protests and are being linked to the unusually warm weather.