We can recycle everything we use, so why don’t we?

We can recycle everything we use, so why don’t we?

Within the broad range of sustainability concepts and activities, recycling is without doubt the most easily understood and accessible: individuals and groups, old and young, communities and institutions can participate. When we buy a candy bar, we own the wrapper after the short life of the product; doing something with that branded possession, rather than […]

How technology is cracking the world’s toughest problems

How technology is cracking the world’s toughest problems

3 ways technology is cracking the world’s toughest problems The sun is setting on old ways of tackling social problems. Social entrepreneurship – applying innovative, market-based models to solve social problems – is about impact and scale, not just the product or service itself. Fundamentally, that’s about implementation. How do you get a life-saving vaccine […]

Cities worldwide commit to combating emissions

Cities worldwide commit to combating emissions

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action. Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these cities, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)—–the national greenhouse gas reduction […]

Could indigenous knowledge systems combat climate change?

Could indigenous knowledge systems combat climate change?

www.themirrorinspires.com As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, indigenous populations have been noting these changes in a landscape they know intimately. In the Philippines and Indonesia, scientists and nongovernmental organisations are working with indigenous communities to map territories for future research and for hazard mapping during […]

Closing the loop for greener production

A method developed by A*STAR for analysing the financial benefits of incorporating the recycling and reuse of materials in manufacturing processes is expected to encourage more companies to adopt environmentally friendly production practices. Increasing global consumerism is leading to a waste time bomb. All too often, products that reach the end of their useful life […]

Will electric cars cause the next oil crisis?

Will electric cars cause the next oil crisis?

  Some inventions are an immediate success. When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, customers lined up outside stores, desperate to get their hands on what the media called the Jesus phone, a reference to the device’s popularity. Other innovations aren’t quite as successful. Take electric cars. They’ve been around longer than you might think – […]

Tiger population rebounding

Tiger population rebounding

A new study by a team of Thai and international scientists finds that a depleted tiger population in Thailand is rebounding thanks to enhanced protection measures. This is the only site in Southeast Asia where tigers are confirmed to be increasing in population. It is also the first-ever long-term study of tiger population dynamics in […]

Eco-conscious consumers say it’s not easy being green

Eco-conscious consumers say it’s not easy being green

A Victoria University of Wellington researcher has uncovered why environmentally concerned consumers don’t always buy green products. School of Marketing and International Business lecturer Dr Micael-Lee Johnstone undertook research with Macquarie University’s Dr Lay Peng Tan to explore the gap between consumers’ largely positive attitudes towards the environment and their comparatively un-environmental purchasing habits. “Despite […]

How to Save the World

In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but courageous beginnings that the global organisation that we now know as Greenpeace was […]

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

Deforestation briefing: Palmed off – Rumble in the Jungle

By April Streeter Changes, or at least assurances of changes, are coming to the palm oil industry, a mega-business blamed for much of the deforestation in tropical nations Three of the largest palm oil producers and traders unveiled zero deforestation plans last year, affecting 60% of the global palm oil industry. Wilmar International, which has […]

Destruction of our soil more serious than climate change

Destruction of our soil more serious than climate change

An international soil scientist says restocking the world’s arable soil with carbon is more important than climate change. Dr John Baker says too many people around the world treat soil like dirt when it should be revered because “our lives depend on it.” He believes that because soil isn’t sexy, is not on our radar […]

Greenpeace at war in India

Greenpeace at war in India

By Rajesh Chhabara – Ethical Corp The Indian government, under the new leadership of Narendi Modi, has taken a harsh line against Greenpeace’s opposition to several development projects – blocking funds and preventing individuals from travelling. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has run into serious trouble in India. The government has barred Greenpeace India from receiving […]

Air Shepherd

Air Shepherd

Air Shepherd, a new initiative of the Lindbergh Foundation, is using sophisticated technology to protect the environment. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or drones, are successfully stopping the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. They are deployed with advanced infrared surveillance systems and supercomputer-based predictive analytic technology developed at the University of Maryland. • This […]

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