If we want to tackle waste, we have to “regulate the hell out of this whole under-performing mess” – says (a little bit of) Jonathon Porritt. If you’ll forgive an incoherently mixed metaphor, recycling has always been the cornerstone of the ‘foot in the door’ approach to promoting more sustainable lifestyles. ‘Foot in the door’ simply means persuading people to do the little things first, to build up confidence, before doing some bigger things. In other words, get people recycling first (as just about the easiest pro-sustainability behaviour change imaginable), and pretty soon they’ll be out there crusading for a full-on transformation of the global economy. The assumption that it works, with people moving up the ladder of engagement, is still widespread. But what if recycling isn’t as obvious a first step as we’ve always thought?
Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue. Still far better than anything we have been able to develop synthetically, barnacle glue -- or cement -- sticks to any surface, under any conditions. But exactly how this superglue of superglues works has remained a mystery -- until now.
When you’re enjoying seafood, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about how fish actually get to your plate. Not where they’re from or how they were caught, but something much more complex: how people figure out when and where it’s ok to fish and how much fish is safe to take out of the water.
Liberia's Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of Indigenous Peoples' land and forests for palm oil plantations. But according to the country's President, they are only 'harrassing and extorting' international investors.
So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers.
But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..
A failure to act to reduce the impacts of climate change could cost Europe almost €200 billion and 200,000 lives a year, writes Tim Radford. These 'conservative estimates' are published in a new European Commission study.
The most important lessons drawn from geology are that the earth’s climate can change radically and that the pace of change can be rapid. The precision of measurement is currently too poor to give an exact answer to a critical question, At what carbon dioxide level are we in danger of melting Antarctica? However, while crude, these estimates suggest that this threshold will be reached in 150-300 years, if carbon dioxide levels continue to rise at the current rate.