S & S News: The Week in Highlights 16.06.2019

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.

Quick fire low down on the global sustainability news in highlights this week. The IPCC calls for the world to reshape it’s entire business model to grow the economy and reduce its carbon foot print whilst Pope Francis declares a climate emergency. The epicentre of USA’s climate woe’s, the Pentagon is revealed to emit 59 million metric tonnes of CO2 and more GHG’s than Portugal.

Australia approves a $2bn Indian Adani project coal mining project to the dismay of environmentalists whilst Canada bans harmful single use plastics by 2021. France will prohibit the destruction of unsold electronics and clothes.

The clock is ticking to preserve sustainable fishers as a Living Blue Planet report reveals 29% of commercial fish stocks are now classed as overexploited and 61% as fully exploited.

In Britain, Brexit laws see an alarming eroding of EU pesticide laws as the UK legislation removes European checks and balances. 

Theresa announces the UK will go to net zero emissions by 2050 whilst Labour seeks to trump this with pledges to move forward to 2030. 

Meanwhile reusables hit the runway in Gatwick’s first airport reusable coffee cup trial with Starbucks. For farming the only way is up as Ocado invests £17 million into a new “vertical farming” venture to conserve space and water and be closer to customers.

Any attendees of the Royal races at Ascot will be treated to reusable cups and when summer finally hits

Solero ice lolly fans can rejoice as Unilever debuts new wrapper-less lolly packaging designed to cut plastic waste by 35%.

In retail, Target sets its sights on renewable energy by 2030 and Ralph Lauren releases its sustainability plan including being 100% transparent on chemical usage by 2020.

IPCC: The World Needs To Rethink Its Entire Business Mode via Forbes


Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action via Guardian


Canada will ban ‘harmful’ single-use plastics as early as 2021 via Guardian


Theresa May’s net-zero emissions target is a lot less impressive than it looks via Guardian


Tree-planting in England falls 71% short of government target via Guardian


The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than Portugal, study finds via Guardian


UK accused of ‘silently eroding’ EU pesticide rules in Brexit laws via Guardian


France to ban unsold clothes and electronics from being destroyed in ‘world first’ via Telegraph

Sustainable Fisheries: The EU Is Running Out Of Time To Preserve Its Oceans via Forbes


Water Sensitive Cities Are Leading The Way In Urban Water Management via Forbes


Tax breaks to steer us to e-bikes via The Times


‘Plant trees in city parking spaces via The Times


Only way is up: Ocado’s boost for vertical farming via The Times


Sri Lanka firm claims ‘Net Zero Carbon’ first via Eco Textile


Royal Ascot bets on re-use revolution via Business Green


Packaging-free summer? Solero trials wrapper-less multipack via Business Green


Target set for renewable energy by 2030 via Eco Textile


Ralph Lauren announces new sustainability goals via Eco Textile


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