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Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency

Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Covid-19 is a test of risk management processes and resilience in supply chains, says Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield University.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) measures are seizing up the global supply chain and have become an emergency for board executives. Once more, the lack of risk management, resilience and agility in supply chains has been exposed. The argument for greater automation becomes stronger.

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Welcome to Sustainability Science

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Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Solar growth was strong, but coronavirus has wiped out demand

Solar growth was strong, but coronavirus has wiped out demand | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Many homeowners won't sign up for $20,000 solar-panel systems when they don't know if they can pay their mortgage.
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Coronavirus: The Road to Economic and Social Recovery

Coronavirus is having a profound impact on everyday life — canceled schools, closed restaurants, working at home, no gatherings of more than 10 people, etc. — with one commenter saying “it’s like…
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Scientists Recommend These 4 'Weapons' in Our War Against Climate Change

Scientists Recommend These 4 'Weapons' in Our War Against Climate Change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In 1896, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius explored whether Earth's temperatures were influenced by the presence of heat-absorbing gases in the atmosphere. He calculated that if carbon dioxide concentrations doubled, global temperatures would rise b
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Social Distancing Is Also Helping the Climate

Social Distancing Is Also Helping the Climate | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As schools close, as workers are asked to stay home, and as concerts and sports events are put on hold in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, the practice of social distancing is having a collateral benefit — it's slowing the climate crisis.
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Tesla churns out cars despite Bay Area coronavirus lockdown

Tesla churns out cars despite Bay Area coronavirus lockdown | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla's electric car factory was operating as usual Tuesday, despite a San Francisco Bay Area multi-county "shelter in place" lockdown.
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Cotton Ranking 2020: Widening gap between sustainability leaders and laggers

Cotton Ranking 2020: Widening gap between sustainability leaders and laggers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
For the fourth time, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Solidaridad and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK have analysed the largest cotton users (with around 10,000 tonnes of cotton/year) among international apparel brands and retailers according to their public objectives and policies, the share of sustainable cotton and transparency in their supply chain. The 2020 annual report assessed the performance of 77 of the largest-cotton using companies, up from 37 in 2017.

Leading this year is global sportswear manufacturer Adidas who was ranked sixth last year. Since then, the company has been buying only sustainable cotton, which pushed it up to the top of the ranking. Adidas is followed by Swedish furniture giant Ikea in second place and Swedish clothing chain H&M in third who also maintain 100 percent sustainable purchasing.

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This was the decade climate change slapped us in the face

This was the decade climate change slapped us in the face | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Over the past 10 years, disasters like superstorms and record-breaking wildfires have made global warming impossible to ignore. 2019 marks the close of the hottest decade on record. It was the decade when people began to see the effects of the climate crisis in their own lives and when efforts to cut down planet-heating carbon emissions really heated up.
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Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030 

Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world’s biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday.

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Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation

Chemical recycling solution nears commercialisation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An innovative new chemical recycling solution for PET and polyester is on the precipice of commercial release having been funded by the EU’s Horizon’s 2020 programme and backed by a consortium of companies including H&M.

Chemical recycling has long since been touted for use in the fashion and textile industries but costing complexities have stifled its progress for the large part – with the exception of a new solution developed late last year by Eastman – shining a spotlight on what Swiss business Gr3n is vying to introduce.

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Indonesia plans to replace old coal power plants with renewable plants -minister

Indonesia plans to replace old coal power plants with renewable plants -minister | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Indonesia, a major coal exporter, uses coal to power around 60% of its electricity needs but the government is aiming to double the contribution of renewables

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Make Way for the Eco-Beast

Make Way for the Eco-Beast | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks are just the beginning when it comes to sustainable trucks and S.U.V.s.
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Wyoming governor's pitch: Fight climate change with coal

Like a near-consensus of the world’s scientific community, Gov. Mark Gordon believes in climate change. Like many across the planet, Gordon believes the problem is a man-made one, and that something needs to be done about it.

But – as he’s maintained on the campaign trail and into his second year in office – it doesn’t need to come at the cost of fossil fuels.

It was a tumultuous first year for Gordon, whose plans to move the state’s coal industry toward the experimental world of carbon capture technology came amid a number of coal bankruptcies in the Powder River Basin. Under heavy pressure from the Legislature, Gordon vetoed a bill allowing the body to sue the state of Washington, delaying the announcement of his own, original lawsuit until this week.
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Oslo's first zero emissions construction site in action

Oslo's first zero emissions construction site in action | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The ZE85 electric excavator from Suncar HK is now successfully operated on a zero-emission construction site in Oslo, Norway. It is the first electric excavator with a CCS connection, which enables a full charge in less than an hour.


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Coronavirus will realign investors’ priorities toward a new normal of sustainability

Coronavirus will realign investors’ priorities toward a new normal of sustainability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It’s becoming clearer by the hour that the coronavirus pandemic represents an unprecedented global threat to both public health and global economies. The speed of the crisis and the change to our everyday existence, as well as the threat to our most vulnerable, is astonishing and has all of us reflecting on our values and investments.

But even in these dark early days, it’s possible to make out what could be a silver lining: The crisis points to the potential of a new normal that’s better for our climate future as investors reweight their portfolios in light of current events.

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Coronavirus Crisis Shines Light On Sustainability In Global Pharma And Medical Supply Chain

Coronavirus Crisis Shines Light On Sustainability In Global Pharma And Medical Supply Chain | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Many of these medical elements currently use single use plastics or have some sort of sustainability challenge. Without doubt, the immediate focus should (and is) on meeting the impending need. Indeed, many innovative approaches are being used during this emergency in the very short term. 

At the same time over the medium to longer term, many other companies are working on alternatives to plastics that could offer options to replace single-use plastics for medical purposes. Indeed, if the strict social distancing and stay at home measures introduced yesterday are successful, there will be a lot of surplus equipment after ‘Peak COVID-19,’ and a flattened curve.

Much of the discarded medical waste in the US is sterilized and taken to landfills in a regulated manner (incineration has been discouraged since 1997). However, other countries may not have as advanced bio-hazard waste protocols. This could potentially lead to a secondary environmental crisis with billions of small items of hazardous single use plastics ending up in waterways and oceans around the world.


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Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency

Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Covid-19 is a test of risk management processes and resilience in supply chains, says Prof Richard Wilding OBE, Cranfield University.
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Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency

Covid-19 presents global supply chain emergency | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Covid-19 is a test of risk management processes and resilience in supply chains, says Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield University.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) measures are seizing up the global supply chain and have become an emergency for board executives. Once more, the lack of risk management, resilience and agility in supply chains has been exposed. The argument for greater automation becomes stronger.

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Nestlé joins Europe initiative on plastics

Although “this will not be easy,” multinational food and beverage firm Nestlé said it has joined the list of other big companies committing to eliminate use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025 as part of Europe’s first regional initiative toward a circular plastics economy.

A statement showed that Nestlé has signed the European Plastics Pact, initiated by France and the Netherlands, targeting to stop the region’s sole dependence on virgin plastics, which are made from non-renewable fossil fuel.

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Global survey reveals two thirds of adults not recycling all plastic waste 

Global survey reveals two thirds of adults not recycling all plastic waste  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
To shed light on the current state of recycling and to help advance the circular economy, Hi-Cone, a leading manufacturer of beverage multi-packaging solutions, presents its first annual report on The State of Plastic Recycling. Findings of the report show that only one third of adults across four territories reported recycling all of their plastic waste, with over half reporting they found recycling different plastics difficult to understand. Those surveyed also expressed low confidence in the recycling systems in their countries, with over two thirds reporting to believe only 50% or less of what they put into their recycling bins is actually recycled.

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Energy crunch hits Pakistan’s farm productivity 

Energy crunch hits Pakistan’s farm productivity  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Uninterrupted energy and power supplies are critical farming inputs and their denial can affect efforts to meet the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) to reduce poverty and food insecurity, says a new study by a team of Mexican and Pakistani researchers.

Published this month (August) in Utilities Policy, the study is based on 2014 data collected from 950 farming households in Pakistan’s four main agro-ecological zones where cotton, wheat and rice, or a mix of these crops, are grown.

“Disruption in energy supply to the farm sector can hold back efforts to achieve poverty, hunger, health and education and energy-related SDGs in the rural farming areas”
Akhter Ali, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

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Report: Half of world's largest businesses haven't pledged to end supply chain deforestation

Of the 350 corporates and 150 investor bodies with the world's highest involvement in supply chains with high deforestation risks, around half have not publicly committed to eliminate deforestation from their value chains.

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Global airline group to launch carbon exchange platform to address climate change

Global airline group to launch carbon exchange platform to address climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is teaming up with a company to develop a carbon exchange platform where airlines, and passengers, can purchase offsets aimed at reducing the impact of air travel on the environment.

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Sustainable packaging for food starts with eco-friendly and biodegradable fibers

Sustainable packaging for food starts with eco-friendly and biodegradable fibers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single use, according to Plastic Oceans. A significant amount of plastics each year ends up in the waste stream — in oceans, landfills and elsewhere. Great volumes of plastics — think six-pack rings, water bottles, containers, single-use bags and microplastics from manufacturing waste — are generated by the more than $12 trillion global food and grocery retail market.

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Sustainable Packaging Market Procurement Intelligence Report

Sustainable Packaging Market Procurement Intelligence Report | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Buyers from the food and beverage, chemical, cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceutical sectors are deepening their focus on implementing sustainability in their production process and their overall operation. This focus is primarily contributing to spend growth in the sustainable packaging market. With the environment-related regulations bringing operations of these sectors under their scanner, buyers are being compelled to adopt sustainable measures in their operations.

The demand in the sustainable packaging market in North America is being governed by the dynamic consumer preferences and their purchasing trends. In Europe, stringent environmental regulations and legislations are compelling buyers to partner with suppliers who are known to adhere to waste disposal and directives that govern the use of recycled content.

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Nestlé accelerates sustainable packaging initiatives 

Nestlé accelerates sustainable packaging initiatives  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Swiss-based multinational food and drink processing firm, Nestlé, has announced it is set to invest US$2bn as it seeks to increase its sustainable packaging initiatives.
Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025 whilst working to advance the circular economy and endeavor to reduce plastic waste from oceans, lakes and rivers. 


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