“The zero-waste movement is coming for your garbage”

“The goal: Create as little garbage as possible. Recycling isn’t enough — only 9 percent of all plastic waste on Earth has been recycled. Among all the adherents of the zero- and low-waste lifestyle I spoke to, the first and foremost tenet is preventing waste from existing in the first place. Although its current iteration may have begun out of individual interest, over the past few years a growing number of zero-waste stores have sprouted up around across the country and around the world, helping both businesses and customers prevent garbage from ending up in landfills. Now, even major brands and cities are joining in, and it’s not all that difficult to understand why.”

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/1/28/18196057/zero-waste-plastic-pollution

“The world’s largest “virtual battery plant” is now operating in the Arabian desert”

“The United Arab Emirates likes breaking world records. Flush with oil money and blessed with plenty of open land, the country has the world’s tallest building, largest mall, largest desalinated water reservoir, and one of the largest solar farms. It can now add one more record to the list: the world’s largest virtual battery plant.”

https://qz.com/1536917/the-uae-has-the-worlds-largest-virtual-battery-plant/

“To fix climate change, fix the obesity and starvation epidemics, reports say”

“The world needs to come up with solutions to fight three interrelated pandemics — obesity, starvation and climate change — and it needs to do it fast before the planet is “burning,” according to a report released Sunday in the Lancet. The Lancet Commission, a group of 43 experts from 14 countries with a broad range of expertise recruited by the journal, has tackled the topic with high-profile reports in 2011 and 2015, but “little progress has been made” other than acknowledging the epidemic, the authors of the newest report argue; in fact, the problem is getting worse.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/health/obesity-climate-change-undernutrition/index.html

“This Diet Is Better For the Planet. But Is It Better For You, Too?”

“What we eat – and how our food is produced – is becoming increasingly politicized. Why? More people are connecting the dots between diet and health – not just personal health, but also the health of the planet. And the central thesis that has emerged is this: If we eat less meat, it’s better for both. So, how much less? A new, headline-grabbing report — compiled by some of the top names in nutrition science — has come up with a recommended target: Eat less than half an ounce of red meat per day. That works out to about 3.5 ounces — or a single serving of red meat — per week. And it’s far less red meat than Americans currently consume on average: between an estimated 2 and 3 ounces per day.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/01/27/688765872/this-diet-is-better-for-the-planet-but-is-it-better-for-you-too

“Big food, consumer goods firms join TerraCycle’s Loop waste-free shopping platform”

“DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Some of the world’s largest consumer goods and food and beverage companies have joined a new recycling initiative, to be launched this year, aimed at collecting used plastics bottles and other durable packaging from homes and re-using them. U.S. waste recycling firm TerraCycle announced the project – to be run through an online shopping platform called Loop – on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos where waste and plastic pollution is a major theme.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-loop/big-food-consumer-goods-firms-join-terracycles-loop-waste-free-shopping-platform-idUSKCN1PI173?utm_source=applenews

“Hershey wants to make sure climate change doesn’t destroy its chocolate supplies”

“Chocolate–along with coffee, beer, wine, avocados, and a long list of other delicious things that that people love–faces risks from climate change. For chocolate manufacturers, like Hershey, that means racing to cut emissions and working to help cocoa farmers adapt to growing their crops in increasing heat and drought. Today, the company announced some of its plans for climate action: They are developing a science-based target to cut emissions, joining the UN Global Compact, and launching a new program in Ghana with cocoa farmers.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90296031/hershey-wants-to-make-sure-climate-change-doesnt-destroy-its-chocolate-supplies

“Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problem”

“Why has the world continued to increase consumption of plastic materials when at the same time, environmental and human health concerns over their use have grown? One answer is they are immensely useful to humankind, and despite problems they create, they have provided countless benefits. They are used to construct lighter automobiles and planes, improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic food packaging has dramatically reduced food spoilage, improving human health as well as decreasing emissions associated with transportation and decomposition of waste. In addition to all these upsides, another benefit often quoted is that plastics are recyclable.”

https://theconversation.com/toward-a-circular-economy-tackling-the-plastics-recycling-problem-105546

“To curb climate change, we have to suck carbon from the sky. But how?”

“At McCarty Family Farms, headquartered in sun-blasted northwest Kansas, fields rarely sit empty any more. In a drive to be more sustainable, the family dairy still grows corn, sorghum, and alfalfa, but now often sows the bare ground between harvests with wheat and daikon. The wheat gets fed to livestock. The radishes, with their penetrating roots, break up the hard-packed surface and then, instead of being harvested, are allowed to die and enrich the soil.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/carbon-capture-trees-atmosphere-climate-change/

“Have old broken stuff? These people will fix it for you – for free”

“A little more than a decade ago, Martine Postma, a journalist in the Netherlands, noticed something had changed since her childhood in the 1970s. When a household item — a clock, a vacuum cleaner, a chair — broke, people used to try to fix it. Now, their first impulse was to throw it away. As a writer focused on sustainability issues, she was disturbed by that.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/01/15/dont-throw-out-that-old-clock-these-folks-want-keep-it-ticking/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.88f61301e14a

“Bloomberg names final 5 American Cities Climate Challenge winners”

“Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Friday the final five winners of its American Cities Climate Challenge: Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Denver; Orlando, FL; and San Antonio. The total number of winning cities stands at 25. The five winners will join the cohort for a two-year acceleration program that provides them with money and other resources to help them hit their goals to combat climate change.”

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/bloomberg-final-5-american-cities-climate-challenge-winners/545961/