Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world – The Guardian
Mining has taken its toll on the beautiful lakes of Tasmania. The Australian National University found metal contamination was amongst the worst in the world, and even the Wilderness World Heritage sites have been affected. Due to their mountain locations, it's believed the contamination is being caused by the water absorbing airborne pollution. Some of the pollution has been traced to mines some 130km away. What effect this has on the aquaculture and downstream water is not yet known, with the ANU and Tasmanian suggesting further research is needed urgently. Who will pay for it, and any clean up, is far from clear as the pollution can be traced back to before Australia introduced its Environmental Protection legislation.
Green New Deal blueprint targets net zero US emissions in 10 years – Business Green
Modelled on the "New Deal" that helped support the US recovery of the 1930s, the US Democrats have proposed a "Green New Deal". It puts tackling climate change at the heart of the party's policy making, using the financial muscle of the US Federal Government to build a new green infrastructure and help phase out fossil and nuclear fuels. While Republicans have rejected the plan outright, there are some interesting ideas that may resonate with growing concern the US is losing influence because of its "ungreen credentials".
Perth-born green entrepreneur targets £10m toilet paper sales – The Courier
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. Widely used in paper, it has yet to make the transition into the more delicate area of toilet tissue. Until Cheeky Panda came along. Now it's targeting 8 figure global sales from operations in the UK and France.
My Journey Toward 100% Impact Investing – Real Leaders
Eric Jacobsen was concerned about the environment. While he made changes to his lifestyle, his investments didn't quite catch up. What followed was a period of change as he investigated "Impact Investing" and how to make it work for him. His is a fascinating story and one full of insights and ideas on how to make the transition.
A Community Newspaper Gets Tough on a Village. The Village Pulls Its Ads. – The New York Times
At first glance this looks like a spat between a local newspaper and Town Hall. A deeper investigation shows the US's polarising politics is having a profound effect on how local government is held to account. After criticising the local government this paper had its right to publish legal notices pulled, and the one man newspaper could face dire consequences. It's a story being repeated across the US.
Foster grandparents program helps build relationships throughout the community
New Hanover County has introduced a "Foster Grandparent" scheme designed to build inter-generational relationships. The aim is to help kids in the classroom with reading, writing and general life skills. There are other benefits too. By targeting older people who may be retired, bored and possibly lonely, it also helps them to feel valued in the community.
Rocky Hill mine plans quashed in Land and Environment Court – ABC News
A court in New South Wales has halted plans for a new coal mine. The Chief Justice explicitly cited concerns the mine would increase greenhouse gases at a time they needed to be cut. While this is a significant success for the activists and communities who opposed the development, it may not be over yet. Gloucester Resources Limited, the company behind the mine, is considering whether to appeal. For not at least, local community activism prevails again.
UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – The Guardian
Illegal shipments of electronic waste are still happening across Europe. Without correct recycling, this waste risks exposing communities and the environment to toxic heavy metals and chemicals. In Basel Action Network's study, the UK was the worst offender, although other European nations didn't fare much better. The destination for these illegal shipments appear to be countries with as-yet undeveloped recycling regimes, including Nigeria and Pakistan. An example of unloading real First World Problems onto the developing world.
New Utah facility will turn food waste into renewable energy – Deseret News
A new biomethane plant in North Salt Lake, is aiming to convert 1,400 tonnes of daily food waste into energy. Using an anaerobic generator to recover methane, the plant is expected to produce enough gas to power around 40,000 homes once it's up and running at full capacity.
‘Learning lab’: IKEA unveils most sustainable UK store yet – Business Green
Located in Greenwich near the O2, Ikea's first London store in nearly 15 years is an homage to sustainability. It isn't just about the product ranges though, there are lessons on repairing and recycling, a roof garden and the building is designed to have a minimal impact. Good public transport links are also claimed to help reduce local traffic, although the sight of someone with a sofa on the Tube surely strikes fear into every commuter.
Don’t be bitter: Seattle startup Atomo has created a molecular, sustainable coffee without the bean – GeekWire
Coffee is under threat from climate change and population growth. One US based start-up is hoping to keep the beans flowing by replacing them, with an organic compound that recreates the beverage from the molecule up. Could it be the saviour of early mornings everywhere?