Could the financial sector solve climate change as diplomacy stumbles?

The ECB is warning climate change costs could be 5x the cost of transition. As climate risk goes mainstream, could investor concern drive climate action as international diplomacy struggles to reach agreement?
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‘Ecofeminism is about respect’: the activist working to revolutionise west African farming

Mariama Sonko heads Nous Sommes la Solution, an ecofeminist movement of more than 500 rural women's associations in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Mali. The movement promotes sustainable agroecology and fights large-scale industrial farming.


McDonalds vows to reduce plastic in Happy Meal toys

By 2025, the fast-food chain aims to "drastically" cut plastic in Happy Meal toys worldwide. More-sustainable toys could be made from cardboard and recycled materials, the company says.

Paul Hawken's 'Regeneration' explains how you can support climate solutions

You may be sick of hearing over and over to recycle more or use a reusable bag. A new book called ‘Regeneration’ explains how you can support the changes that are truly needed.

In Florida, coastal counties fuel population rise—and climate concerns

Growth along the state’s shorelines means more people face risks from rises in sea levels, which threaten to increase the severity of extreme weather and bring storm surges farther inland.

The end of plastic bags in Berkeley? City studies banning them from grocery stores and restaurants

Berkeley is studying how to ban non-compostable plastic bags from grocery stores, restaurants and city-sponsored events.


Green jobs: The new generation of workers making it work for them

Science editor David Shukman on three jobs in growing green industries, and what it's like to do them.


Seaweed farming offers a boost for Sri Lanka’s ‘blue economy’ ambitions

Farming seaweed in Sri Lanka could be a viable and highly beneficial part of expanding the blue economy if initial challenges are overcome and coastal communities engaged with support, guidance, technology, and quality control, experts say.


Women building dreams: Sustainable livelihoods on Colombia′s Pacific coast

Afro-Colombian women on the Pacific coast have faced violence, conflict and the ecological fallout of mining and illegal logging. Now they're working together to protect their rich environment. 
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California aims to ban recycling symbols on things that aren’t recyclable

The well-known three-arrows symbol doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is actually recyclable. A new bill would limit the products allowed to feature the mark.

Pollen their weight: How the guys behind Royal Canadian Mead are doing their part to help out our struggling pollinators

“With 85 per cent of all of the flowering plants out there and one-third of our food needing pollinators, they are one of the most vital ecosystem services out there,” says Pollinator Partnership Canada director Vicki Wojcik.

Why is the Green Building Alliance honoring a steel company?

Epic Metals won the Green Building Alliance’s Enterprise Award. Other honorees are Highmark Health, Dr. Allison Robinson of UPMC, Homewood Children’s Village and the late Mike Carnahan of Scalo Solar Solutions.

Funds go green, but sometimes in name only

Fund companies are rebranding their out-of-fashion investment offerings as green, hoping to grab a portion of the cash pouring into sustainable products. In some cases, the rebranding has been in name only.
Plastic Pollution

Building a more sustainable car, from headlamp to tailpipe

Vehicle makers shy away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, like leather and plastics, and look to repurpose alternatives that still convey quality.

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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