S & S News: The Week in Highlights 29.09.2019

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.

A hefty week of sustainability activity in the midst of Climate Action Week. Greta condemns attendees at the NYC UN Climate Change Conference. At the summit, banks worth $47 trillion adopt new UN-backed climate, sustainability principles.

From Monaco, the IPCC release their Special Report highlighting the urgency on how choices made now are critical for the future of our oceans and cryosphere as well as that extreme sea level events will hit annually by 2050. The dangerous haze in Malaysia created by forest fires in Indonesia are juxtaposed to the news that the Mont Blanc Glacier is in danger of collapsing.

In the UK, the government offers a £20m pot for zero farming innovations and a game of conkers may be no more as the horse chestnut tree is now classified as vulnerable to extinction.

Future flying challenges for frequent flyers who may face extra tax as it is revealed 1% of English residents are responsible for 20% of flights abroad.

If you thought Brexit was bad for British morale, studies on premium teabags reveal millions of microplastics are released into the infamous cuppa.

Sharing solidarity with climate protestors, sustainable retail mavericks Allbird, Patagonia and Burton shut their doors in a move to align with demonstrators.

The fallout from fast fashion continues as Cambodia increases the minimum wage for textile workers by 4.4% to  US$190 a month amidst EU pressure (that’s a mere £150 ish).

Finally, Milano hosts the Green Carpet Fashion Awards hosted by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in collaboration Eco-Age to showcase sustainable material innovation, craftsmanship in the industry and promoting best practice.

Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘How dare you – you have stolen my dreams and my childhood’  Via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/sep/23/greta-thunberg-to-world-leaders-how-dare-you-you-have-stolen-my-dreams-and-my-childhood-video

Choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere via IPCC

At U.N. Climate Summit, Few Commitments and U.S. Silence via NY Times

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new UN-backed climate via UN News

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046982

’21st Century Conservatism’: Tories unveil fresh wave of net zero measures via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3082069/21st-century-conservatism-tories-unveil-fresh-wave-of-net-zero-measures

Green farm funding: Government offers £20m pot for net zero farming innovations via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3082033/green-farm-funding-government-offers-gbp20m-pot-for-net-zero-farming-innovations

‘Alarming’ extinction threat to Europe’s trees via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49838650

Vicious cycle: delicate wash releases more plastic microfibres via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/26/vicious-cycle-delicate-wash-releases-more-plastic-microfibres

Tea bags release millions of microscopic plastic particles into your drink study finds via Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/tea-bags-plastic-particles-polypropylene-biodegradable-a9119771.html

Microplastics: Premium teabags leak billions of particles – study via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49845940

Deadly red haze shrouds Indonesia as rainforest burns after palm oil clearances via Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/red-haze-air-pollution-indonesia-rainforest-fires-slash-and-burn-palm-oil-climate-change-a9116696.html

Frequent flyers could face extra tax under plans to cut emissions via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/24/frequent-flyers-could-face-extra-tax-under-plans-to-cut-emissions

1% of English residents take one-fifth of overseas flights, survey shows via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/25/1-of-english-residents-take-one-fifth-of-overseas-flights-survey-shows

Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’ via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/25/extreme-sea-level-events-will-hit-once-a-year-by-2050

Cambodia increases garment workers’ pay amidst EU pressure via Eco Textile

https://www.ecotextile.com/2019092025049/materials-production-news/cambodia-increases-garment-workers-pay-amidst-eu-pressure/print.html

How Much Did Closing for the Climate Strike Cost Businesses? Via Sourcing Journal

Science on climate crisis is undeniable, Prince Harry says via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/26/science-on-climate-crisis-is-undeniable-prince-harry-warns

Green Carpet Fashion Awards Highlights via Ecoage

https://eco-age.com/news/gcfa-italia-2019-gcc-looks

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