S & S News: The Week in Highlights 05.08.2019

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.

Hurtling into August we start the month with UN Chief Guterres writing to all leaders to come to the September summit prepared with their net zero emission plans and requests no beautiful speeches just clear long term commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

The US whilst one of the only countries to have pulled out of the Paris Agreement holds it’s first ever congress on ESG issues.

France demonstrates its commitment to net zero as it blocks the building of an airport and Greta is set to sail on zero carbon yachts to the climate summits over the next few months, no more railcard necessary for her!

In the north of the Norweigan poles, it is revealed over 200 reindeer starved to death this winter. Meanwhile down under in Perth chemical engineers have developed microcoils with carbon nanotube treatment in water – these have the potential to reduce the amount of microplastic in the water by about 30% – 50%

In Blighty, Jezza C finally speaks up about something as he urges Boris to ban fracking and a study reveals over ¾ Britons are wholly behind a Back Bottle Scheme. This would support a nationwide deposit return system for plastic, glass, aluminium and steel containers (39% believe the UK-wide system should include more materials, such as drinks cartons and pouches)

In Royal news – Prince Harry cites concerns over the environment as factor limiting the number of offspring he is keen to have with Ms. Markle.

As we ebb towards peak trade, retailers are going to scale back on the 2018 excess of black Friday which saw a 72% increase in the number of UK retail participants than 2017. The promotional holiday has been denounced by brands including Veja, Warehouse and WhiteStuff.

The IPO and valuation of $2.5 billion The RealReal market place plants a seed of opportunity for fashion industry operators demonstrating the financial gain for innovative business models that focus on product life extension.

Revisiting the archives, it’s bravo for fashion house Burberry as Ricardo Tisci recreates its classic car coat to feature nylon made from plastic scraps.

Climate change: Heatwave made up to 3C hotter by warming via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49205072

The U.S. Congress just held its first hearing on ESG issues. What’s next? Via Green Biz 

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/us-congress-just-held-its-first-hearing-esg-issues-whats-next

Tiny magnetic coils could help break down microplastic pollution via Science News 

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/tiny-magnetic-coils-could-help-break-down-microplastic-pollution?tgt=nr

Global briefing: France blocks airport expansion on net zero grounds via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news-analysis/3079686/global-briefing

Ban fracking in UK, Jeremy Corbyn urges Boris Johnson via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/30/ban-fracking-in-uk-jeremy-corbyn-urges-boris-johnson

Starvation deaths of 200 reindeer in Arctic caused by climate crisis, say researchers via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/30/deaths-of-200-reindeer-in-arctic-caused-by-climate-change-say-researchers

Most people back drinks bottles deposit scheme, survey finds via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/27/most-people-back-drinks-bottles-deposit-scheme-survey-finds

Greta Thunberg Will Sail On A ‘Zero-Carbon’ Yacht Across The Atlantic To Attend UN Climate Summits via Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidebanis/2019/07/29/gretha-thunberg-will-sail-across-the-atlantic-to-attend-un-climate-conferences/#1c641a037c3b

Burberry unzips luxury collection made from waste plastic and discarded fishing nets via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3079940/burberry-unzips-luxury-collection-made-from-waste-plastic-and-discarded-fishing-nets

What the unicorn IPO of The RealReal says about the circular economy for fashion via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/feature/3079960/what-the-unicorn-ipo-of-the-realreal-says-about-the-circular-economy-for-fashion

Prince Harry says he and Meghan will have 2 kids ‘maximum’, citing environmental concerns via CBC

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/prince-harry-two-kids-environment-1.5230356

Retailers to scale back ‘kiss of death’ Black Friday via Drapers 

https://www.drapersonline.com/news/retailers-to-scale-back-kiss-of-death-black-friday/7036936.article

 

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