S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 09.03.2019

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. 

All news in highlights this week is eclipsed by the announcement that Michael Gove is going plastic free for lent!! Just kidding. As we enter March, European leaders address climate change, Macron questions if we will be able to look our children in the eye if we do not reduce our climate debt and schools out for kids as Merkel welcomes their climate strikes. Developments of the America’s Green New Deal probe the question, when can the UK have one?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation gets active in the Big Apple as it launches its latest circular fashion campaign #WearNext to address the city’s 200 million pounds of clothing that go to landfill each year. It will be the first for the concrete jungle in providing a searchable map of the city with over 1,100 places where clothing can be dropped for recycling and resale.

Featured this week is scientists’ research into the possibilities of bacteria that convert toxic pollutants into less harmful substances and generate electricity in the process. Ikea launches a blockchain project to create a solar clean energy microgrid that could enable whole communities to be entirely self-sufficient for their electricity supply. Meanwhile, Tesco’s chocolate collection becomes 100% certified by the Rainforest Alliance in time for Easter.

Lastly, as Spring is almost sprung and summer vacation planning commences, the BBC release which airline is best for carbon emissions.

Climate change: Which airline is best for carbon emissions? Via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47460958

Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/07/microplastic-pollution-revealed-absolutely-everywhere-by-new-research

22 of the top 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India via CNN

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/04/health/most-polluted-cities-india-china-intl/index.html

Macron puts European climate bank on EU election agenda via Climate Change News

https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/03/06/macron-puts-climate-bank-eu-election-agenda/

Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47427788

Fashion Retailers, Non-Profits & NYC Government band together to divert clothing from landfills with launch of #wearnext campaign via Fashionista

https://fashionista.com/2019/03/wearnext-make-fashion-circular-clothing-landfills-initiative?fbclid=IwAR3jqYpNZGc5tK2OWR6ChfAXtmhFVcxNGkSAxX-4X9LdHOCGvAy7BYfVT6Q

Capturing bacteria that eat and breathe electricity via Science Daily 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190305135259.htm

The Green New Deal is already changing the terms of the climate action debate Via The Conversation

https://theconversation.com/the-green-new-deal-is-already-changing-the-terms-of-the-climate-action-debate-112144

Britain needs a green new deal to revive its economy after Brexit via The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/britain-needs-a-green-new-deal-to-revive-its-economy-after-brexit-hbj9g0nwq

Michael Gove cows to cut out single-use plastic for Lent via Independent 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/michael-gove-plastic-cup-single-use-pollution-environment-a8810401.html

‘Super bloom’ covers US desert in vivid gold and purple flowers after weeks of heavy winter rains via Indepndent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/super-bloom-wildflowers-poppies-desert-california-us-a8813446.html

IKEA research lab launches blockchain project for solar village via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3072263/ikea-research-lab-launches-blockchain-project-for-solar-village

Tesco switches to Rainforest certified cocoa amid sustainability demand via Retail Gazette 

https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/03/tesco-switches-rainforest-certified-cocoa-amid-sustainability-demand/

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