S & S News: The Week in Highlights 01.06.2019

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.

Jumping into June, this week’s news sees the Trump administration continued attempts to politicise science as they harden their stance on climate change by targeting the National Climate Assessment. Not sure how impressed Queen Lizzie will be when Trump and his squad roll deep to the UK ahead for the state visit.
A report this week warns that the world needs topsoil to grow 95% of its food, but the most productive soil has disappeared in the last 150 years.

Renewables make headlines as Australia are set to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 whilst in the UK, jobs in renewable energy plummet by 1/3.

Attention has turned to the returning of plastic from South East Asian countries to their western countries of origin (post coming on this). Positive stories see Taiwain, once dubbed ‘garbage island’ cut back waste by 30%!

In Great Britannia, 120 businesses call on the UK government to adopt 2050 net zero target and the country undergoes a ‘zero coal fortnight’ where the grid runs for 14 days with no coal-fired generation, the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution!!!

Elsewhere, beloved home devices Siri and Alexa get a telling off as the UN dubs the tech to reinforce gender bias. Amazon faces further scrutiny as their shareholders reject a proposal supported by 8000 employees to deliver a strategy for climate change.  

Fashion fails to eradicate child labour from its supply chains as the annual Child Labour Index identified no tangible improvements in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodias since 2016. Countering this is the Netherlands who has pledged €35 million to end child labour.

Chopard leads with its sustainability efforts as it collaborates with Chloe Sevigny and Livia Firth to launch Green Carpet Collection evening bags with a sustainable story in Cannes.

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science Via New York Times

Malaysia to send up to 100 tonnes of plastic waste back to Australia via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/29/malaysia-to-send-up-to-100-tonnes-of-plastic-waste-back-to-australia

Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/28/treated-like-trash-south-east-asia-vows-to-return-mountains-of-rubbish-from-west

The West has been dumping tens of millions of tons of trash in Southeast Asian countries for more than 25 years via Business Insider

Climate change: Zero emissions law should be PM’s legacy, scientists say via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48467462

How The Country Once Nicknamed ‘Garbage Island’ Cut Waste By 30% via Huffington Post

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/taiwan-recycling-garbage-waste_n_5ce6bb1ae4b0547bd133ceba

Businesses urge UK to set net zero emissions target for 2050 via Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/19a0ba7a-82d0-11e9-b592-5fe435b57a3b

Humans and volcanoes caused nearly all of global heating in past 140 years

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/30/humans-and-volcanoes-caused-nearly-all-of-global-heating-in-past-140-years

120 UK businesses call on UK government to adopt 2050 net zero target via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3076590/120-uk-businesses-call-on-uk-government-to-adopt-2050-net-zero-target

Zero coal fortnight: UK smashes records to deliver fourteen days without coal power via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3076604/zero-coal-fortnight-uk-poised-to-smash-records-to-deliver-fourteen-days-without-coal-power

Young climate strikers could achieve even more by joining a union via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/30/young-workers-revive-trade-unions-collective-action

The world needs topsoil to grow 95% of its food – but it’s rapidly disappearing via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/30/topsoil-farming-agriculture-food-toxic-america

Australia to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 without government intervention, analysis finds via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/29/australia-to-achieve-50-renewables-by-2030-without-government-intervention-analysis-finds

Renewable energy jobs in UK plunge by a third via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/30/renewable-energy-jobs-in-uk-plunge-by-a-third

Siri and Alexa Reinforce Gender Bias, U.N. Finds via New York Times

Sponge Startup Raises $200K On Kickstarter For Alternative To Synthetics Made Of Plant Roots via Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suziedundas/2019/05/29/by-using-kickstarter-as-a-marketing-tool-this-sponge-made-it-to-the-global-top-1-of-campaigns/#3b0aa321214f

Meet The Amazon Employees Challenging Jeff Bezos On Climate Change via Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/05/29/meet-the-amazon-employees-challenging-jeff-bezos-on-climate-change/#3aaeb1e228be

Fashion retailers sign up to new sustainable project Via Drapers

The Fashion Supply Chain Is Still High Risk for Child Labour via Business of Fashion

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-bites/the-fashion-supply-chain-is-still-high-risk-for-child-labour

Netherlands pledges €35 million to end child labour via Eco Textile

https://www.ecotextile.com/2019052824339/social-compliance-csr-news/netherlands-pledges-35-million-to-end-child-labour.html

Chopard and Chloë Sevigny launch Green Carpet Collection evening bag at Cannes

https://www.eco-age.com/news/chopard-chloe-sevigny-launch-green-carpet-collection-evening-bag-cannes

How M&S is leading the sustainable shopping movement on the high street via Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/ms-leading-sustainable-shopping-movement-high-street/

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