S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 31.03.2019

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.

This week there is a marathon of news to bid adieu to March!

Global CO2 emissions head in the wrong direction and hit a record high in 2018 to 33 billion tonnes, an increase of 1.7% on 2017. As investment in carbon capture technologies rise, the New Scientist reports 18 projects that could mitigate climate change and would cost $94 billion annually, less than 1/5 of governments expenditure on direct fossil-fuel subsidies. This calls for climate justice as a report reveals the strong correlation between teenage psychosis and air pollution.

Water is a salient theme as the Environment Agency warns the UK will face severe water shortages in 25 years calling for us to cut consumption by 1/3. Mozambique’s cyclone signifies what future weather extremities will do for disease as Cholera spreads to the hundreds. On the same tangent, Unicef reports that dirty water is 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets.  

Nothing gets us triggered quite like Article 50 like finding out 2/3 of the Defra have been transferred to Brexit related roles or on issues of gender diversity as Nasa cancels its first ever female space walk due to lack of correct sized spacesuits…(definitely no petite/tall ranges on the moon)

Whilst a study shows many pollinating insects are in decline, our babe Morgan Freeman converts his 124-acre ranch into a honeybee sanctuary.  

Royal Mail launches it’s fleet of zero emissions lithium battery powered e-trikes to combat and green up our online delivery adoration which saw online sales in 2017 hit £59.8bn.

In the fashion industry, Alberta Ferretti and Livia Firth team up to launch a new collaboration, Puma announces First Mile an entire line made from recycled plastic bottles and Primark rip off Veja’s sneakers. Beauty brands Bumble & Bumble and Herbal Essences bank on sustainable strategies in packaging and water usage to drive development.

Climate change fears spur investment in carbon capture technology via Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/da48cd04-4b2f-11e9-8b7f-d49067e0f50d

Climate change denial is evil, says Mary Robinson via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/26/climate-change-denial-is-evil-says-mary-robinson

More than two-thirds of Defra staff moved to Brexit-related roles via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/30/defra-staff-brexit-related-roles

EU bans UK’s most-used pesticide over health and environment fears via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/29/eu-bans-widely-used-pesticide-over-safety-concerns

Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch Into A Giant Honeybee Sanctuary To Save The Bees via Forbes

Bees: Many British pollinating insects in decline, study shows via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47698294

Livia Firth And Alberta Ferretti Team Up To Tackle Fast Fashion via Vogue

https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/livia-firth-alberta-ferretti-collaboration

Climate change: All-Wales plan to cut emissions unveiled via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47632409

Climate change: How green is your parcel? Via BBC

England could run short of water within 25 years via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/18/england-to-run-short-of-water-within-25-years-environment-agency

18 up-and-running projects that could save us from climate change via New Scientist

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132180-300-18-up-and-running-projects-that-could-save-us-from-climate-change/

Artificial plant mimics leaf to make fuel from sunlight via the Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/artificial-plant-mimics-leaf-to-make-fuel-from-sunlight-q5v6fh9dj

UK shoppers’ interest in second-hand fashion continues to grow via Fashion United

https://fashionunited.uk/news/fashion/uk-shoppers-interest-in-second-hand-fashion-continues-to-grow/2019032642384

Nasa cancels first ever all-female spacewalk due to lack of spacesuits in correct size via Evening Standard

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/nasa-cancels-first-ever-allfemale-spacewalk-due-to-lack-of-spacesuits-in-right-size-a4100681.html

Teenage psychosis linked to air pollution in cities for first time via the Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/air-pollution-traffic-fumes-linked-to-teenage-pyschosis-study-finds-tw9swg20w

Puma to use recycled plastic bottles in new line via Just Style

https://www.just-style.com/news/puma-to-use-recycled-plastic-bottles-in-new-line_id135890.aspx

The next wave of sustainable fashion is all about regenerative farming via Fashionista

https://fashionista.com/2019/03/regenerative-agriculture-farming-sustainable-fashion

Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/28/mosquito-spread-diseases-may-endanger-millions-in-new-places-due-to-climate-change

The V word: the animal-free ethical trend booming across fashion, beauty and homewear via Fashion United

https://fashionunited.uk/news/fashion/the-v-word-the-animal-free-ethical-trend-booming-across-fashion-beauty-and-homewear/2019031942242

This is what the UK needs to do to avoid running out of water via Wired

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/water-drought-shortage-england

Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/mar/22/dirty-water-20-times-deadlier-to-children-in-conflict-zones-than-bullets-unicef

US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/20/judge-halts-drilling-climate-change-trump-administration

Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/22/dirty-lies-how-the-car-industry-hid-the-truth-about-diesel-emissions

Top oil firms spending millions lobbying to block climate change policies, says report via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/22/top-oil-firms-spending-millions-lobbying-to-block-climate-change-policies-says-report

Herbal Essences Is Repackaging Several of Its Shampoos & Conditioners in Eco-Friendly Bottles via Allure

https://www.allure.com/story/herbal-essences-bio-renew-shampoo-conditioner-recycled-bottles

Bumble & Bumble’s Founder Wants You To Never Use Shampoo Again via Forbes

123 million items of clothing ‘unworn’ in London via Eco Textile

https://www.ecotextile.com/2019032024161/fashion-retail-news/123-million-items-of-clothing-unworn-in-london.html

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