S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 13.02.2019

S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news. 

This week, those with entomophobia may rejoice but the Biological Conservation reports the destruction of ecosystems with 40% of insect species facing extinction and over 1/3 in danger, declining at a rate of 2.5% annually. Whilst Putin faces a prospective polar bear invasion, Russia reviews the ratification of the Paris Agreement signifying a crucial step in the right direction? Elsewhere a $1 billion investment in 10 years’ worth of green bonds by US telecommunications giant Verizon could be at the crux of catalysing the socially responsible investing movement in Trump’s territories.

And finally, let’s not forget Blighty. Brace yourselves for a chip crisis as prices triple after last summer’s heatwave and dryer weather that could cut the U. K’s potato area by 74%.

Appease this suffering as it’s all aboard the Jubilee Line for some furniture therapy to the world’s most sustainable Ikea that has opened its doors in Greenwich.

Environment in multiple crisis – Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47203344

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’ via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature

How Instagram Influencers Fuel Our Destructive Addiction To Fast Fashion by Lucy Siegle via Huff Post US

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/fast-fashion-influencers-instagram-fashion-nova-waste-climate-change_us_5c5ae8ffe4b0871047598750

Russia islands emergency over polar bear ‘invasion via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47185112

10 Takeaways From the UN’s Streetwear Conference via Highsnobiety

https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/un-sustainable-fashion-conference/

Russia reviews ratification of Paris Agreement via Climate Change News 

https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/02/06/russia-reviews-ratification-paris-agreement/

Met Office: global warming could exceed 1.5C within five years – Lowest Paris agreement target may temporarily be surpassed for first time between now and 2023 via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/06/met-office-global-warming-could-exceed-1-point-5-c-in-five-years?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Ikea opens new store in Greenwhich with sustainability at its core via House Beautiful

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/shopping/a26252376/ikea-greenwich/

How landscape plants have an impact on the carbon footprint via Science Daily 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190206161454.htm

Meat-eating humans pushing hundreds of planet’s biggest animals toward extinction via Independent 

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/extinction-meat-eating-hunting-endangered-species-elephants-ostriches-whale-sharks-a8766136.html

When farmers go vegan: the science behind changing your mind via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2019/jan/30/farmers-vegan-science-behind-changing-your-mind

Verizon Has Bond Market Seeing Green After Billion-Dollar Deal via Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-06/verizon-has-bond-market-seeing-green-after-billion-dollar-deal?srnd=good-business

British Fish and Chips May Never Be This Cheap via Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-06/british-fries-at-risk-as-climate-change-threatens-potato-crops?srnd=good-business

Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness via New York Times 

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