Badged as Think Global Act Local, the scheme has been developed to provide construction projects with an alternative to disposing of excess building materials, fixtures and fittings through what has been the common practice of burying them onsite or treating them as waste in designated skips. By making surplus materials available for local use, the project has the potential to significantly reduce construction waste and offer a boost to local small businesses and communities by providing them with materials they would otherwise have to buy new.
Live Nation has announced that its global sustainability coalition Green Nation is committing to new environmental goals for all of its owned and operated venues and festivals.
The technology could allow scientists to both capture CO2 and transform it into useful chemicals such as carbon monoxide and synthetic natural gas in one circular process. Dr Melis Duyar, Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering at the University of Surrey commented: “Capturing CO2 from the surrounding air and directly converting it into useful products is exactly what we need to approach carbon neutrality in the chemicals sector. This could very well be a milestone in the steps needed for the UK to reach its 2050 net-zero goals. “We need to get away from our current thinking on how we produce chemicals, as current practices rely on fossil fuels which are not sustainable. With this technology we can supply chemicals with a much lower carbon footprint and look at replacing fossil fuels with carbon dioxide and renewable hydrogen as the building blocks of other important chemicals.”
The US beauty retailer has launched the ‘Conscious Beauty’ program, an initiative aiming at providing more choice and information to customers in terms of sustainability. The program is set to debut this fall and will certify brands under five, key pillars – Clean Ingredients, Cruelty Free,…
Land-based sources of pollution have a major impact on planetary health and on the oceans, evidenced by the development of a Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA). Growing populations, increasingly intensive and large-scale agriculture, and booming urbanization mean a growing amount of wastewater discharge into aquatic ecosystems and nutrient runoff to waterways. Together, these lead to eutrophication, toxic algae blooms, greater incidence of water-borne disease, lowered resilience of ecosystems to environmental change, and harm to species, including humans. Wastewater pollution and nutrient runoff are evident in freshwater and fluvial systems, but in this MOOC we also aim to focus on the impacts and solutions that pertain to coasts and oceans.