S & S News: The Week in Highlights 26.05.2019

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.

Turmoil and time to bid farewell to Theresa whilst the whole Tory party announces their bids for the leadership election but what else has been occurring in the world of sustainability as May comes to a close?

Atmospheric atrocities as record levels of methane increase 50% between 2013-2018 Vs 2007-2012. All the while the true cost of air pollution through recent analysis indicates its cause of 8.8m early deaths, double earlier estimates, rendering it a bigger killer than smoking. 

Investment giant Black Rock falls under intense scrutiny for stunting the climate movement as it controls $6.5tn in assets and is the largest investor in coal worldwide. 

As politics becomes ever more populist, the far right MEP’s elected today could have a seismic impact over European climate policies. 

Policy in the UK sees the final straw with plastic pollution as cotton buds and plastic straws will be officially banned. Labour also promises to add climate to the curriculum should they be elected. 

Circularity demonstrates its lucrative nature as AI, robotics and chemical recycling are redefining a $110 billion industry (Time for a career change?). Meanwhile in R & D, a Danish company are utilising enzymes to transform waste into sustainable fuel. 

Nature’s news sees Botswana lift bans on elephant hunting and bees diminish in the South of England as 17 species disappear whilst another 25 are threatened. 

On the food frontier it is revealed that despite spending £24bn of EU’s tax payers money(1/5 total EU budget) on climate intensive meat/dairy farms responsible for 12-17% of total GHG emissions, there has been NO decline in emissions since 2010. Morrison’s are first movers as they become the supermarket to ban plastic fruit packaging. 

Nutrition is called into question as an audit shows up the NHS as ¾ of food purchased in UK hospitals is unhealthy. 

The big guns in beauty, Estee Lauder announce their sustainable palm oil scheme. 

For fashion, it’s competition over collaboration in luxury as LVMH declines to join the industry’s climate initiative spearheaded by rival conglomerate Kering. The landscape also sees Prada drops fur as of its S/S 2020 collection.

This week, Nike released a free guide for sustainable design in collab with Central St Martins, a manual to be mainstay of the industry. St Martin’s pave the way in fashion education with the launch of the first MA in Bio Design.  

Record methane levels pose new threat to Paris climate accord via Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/9a3c0514-7d6b-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560

Straws: UK government to bring in new controls on plastic via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48358002

Banning plastic straws and cotton buds is great – but we’re still burning recyclables at an alarming rate via Independent 

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/plastic-ban-straw-cotton-bud-pollution-2020-recycling-burn-landfill-a8925766.html

Far-right MEPs could threaten EU climate policy, experts warn via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/21/far-right-meps-could-threaten-eu-climate-policy-experts-warn

World’s biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/21/blackrock-investor-climate-crisis-blackrock-assets

Labour pledges to put climate emergency on school curriculum via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/23/labour-pledges-to-put-climate-emergency-on-school-curriculum

It’s a circular world: AI, robotics and chemical recycling are redefining a $110 billion industry via Green Biz

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/its-circular-world-ai-robotics-and-chemical-recycling-are-redefining-110-billion-industry

SDG 7: How Novozymes enzymes help turn waste into sustainable fuel via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/feature/3076266/sdg-7-how-novozymes-enzymes-help-turn-waste-into-sustainable-fuel

UPS to buy huge amount of renewable natural gas to power its truck fleet via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3076323/ups-to-buy-huge-amount-of-renewable-natural-gas-to-power-its-truck-fleet

‘This is a wake-up call’: the villagers who could be Britain’s first climate refugees via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/18/this-is-a-wake-up-call-the-villagers-who-could-be-britains-first-climate-refugees

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting via National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/05/botswana-lifts-ban-on-elephant-hunting/

Climate change and pesticides cause bees to vanish from east of England via The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/climate-change-and-pesticides-cause-bees-to-vanish-from-east-of-england-c0vc07mnz

Most pots, tubs and trays sent for recycling are burnt to create fuel via The Times 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/most-pots-tubs-and-trays-sent-for-recycling-are-burnt-to-create-fuel-3xn2g2z6p

 Three-quarters of food bought in UK hospitals is unhealthy, audit shows via The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/22/food-bought-nhs-hospitals-unhealthy-audit-shows-crisps-sweets-cakes

Estée Lauder unveils sustainable palm oil scheme via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3076290/new-initiatives-seek-to-boost-palm-oils-sustainability-credentials

This Startup Is Turning A Seaside Town’s Plastic Waste Into Speakers via Forbes 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucysherriff/2019/05/22/this-startup-collects-plastic-waste-from-locals-and-the-beach-and-makes-speakers-out-of-it/#35860e312054

Central Saint Martins Launches World’s First MA in Biodesign via Sourcing Journal 

Morrisons the first supermarket to ban fruit plastic packaging via Scotsman 

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/morrisons-the-first-supermarket-to-ban-fruit-plastic-packaging-1-4931199

What’s Stopping the Fashion Industry From Agreeing on Climate Action? Via BOF 

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/professional/whats-stopping-the-fashion-industry-from-agreeing-on-climate-action

nike have made a free guide for sustainable design via i-D

https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/mb83jy/nike-free-guide-for-sustainable-design

Prada to drop animal fur from all collections via Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/22/prada-drop-animal-fur-collections/

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