S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 19.04.2019

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. 

Short and sweet summary of last week’s news in brief (excluding the incredible work spearheaded by Extinction Rebellion in London).

Beauty retailers and mavericks rejoice as it is announced China will no longer require animal testing on products as it’s government announces that by 2020 this compulsory testing will be lifted.

Vehicle emissions continue to raise the urgency of civilian welfare as it is found in a recent report that the equivalent of 4 million child asthma cases are created by toxic air induced by traffic fumes.

Over in the sunny Seychelles, President Faure addresses the situation under the sea, calling for protection of their oceans with the aim to cover over 30% by 2020. (According to the UN only 16% of marine waters under national jurisdiction are covered by protected areas.)

Big businesses will now be held by the European Commission to a new platform-to-business (P2B) law which requires industry leaders to treat minor rivals/users fairly and blacklists unjust trading practices, requiring companies to instigate internal complaint management systems. Coffee giant Starbucks launches a sustainability initiative injecting £1m to boost paper cup recycling (not sufficient to counter balance their impact) . Finally, as we gear up for the London Marathon next weekend, runners’ thirst will be quenched by Lucazade and Ooho who will be distributing liquid seaweed capsules.

Starbucks and Hubbub launch £1m cup recycling fund via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3074052/starbucks-and-hubbub-launch-gbp1m-cup-recycling-fund

Starbucks spearheads £1m initiative to boost paper cup recycling via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/11/starbucks-spearheads-1m-initiative-to-boost-paper-cup-recycling

Thirsty runners to bag edible seaweed pouches at London Marathon via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3073921/lucozade-supplanting-plastic-with-seaweed-at-sports-events

UK parliament pension fund takes first step towards fossil fuel divestment via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3073901/uk-parliament-pension-fund-takes-first-step-towards-fossil-fuel-divestment


Vehicle pollution ‘results in 4m child asthma cases a year’ via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/10/vehicle-pollution-results-in-4m-child-asthma-cases-a-year

The Easiest Way To Practice Sustainable Fashion — And Make Money Doing It via Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/colehaan/2019/04/10/the-easiest-way-to-practice-sustainable-fashion–and-make-money-doing-it/#b9ceb3e31557

China Will No Longer Require Animal Testing On Cosmetic Products via VOGUE

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/china-lifting-animal-testing-laws

A carbon tax is the nudge the world needs via Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/9008ce58-5b9f-11e9-939a-341f5ada9d40

CO2 variations from plants overwhelmed by traffic emissions via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/11/co2-variations-from-plants-overwhelmed-by-traffic-emissions

March Temperatures in Alaska: 20 Degrees Hotter Than Usual via New York Times

Seychelles president makes underwater speech calling for protection for oceans Via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47925193

New EU law pressures Google & Amazon to eradicate unfair practices via Retail Gazette

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