Discover Stéphanie and Pierre’s feedback from their one month bike journey around the Mediterranean looking at circular economy solutions.
razil needs to cut illegal deforestation by between 15% and 20% every year to eliminate it by 2030, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Friday, referring to a goal set by President Jair Bolsonaro in a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden this week. Bolsonaro is set to attend a U.S. climate summit hosted by Biden next week amid international pressure to slash deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, which surged to a 12-year high in 2020 as an area 14 times the size of New York City was destroyed, government data show.
In 2017, the world’s largest plastic producers, Dow Chemical, began building roads using recycled plastic waste. In March, the UK plastic road company MacRebur opened an entire factory that does nothing but turn plastics into an asphalt mix for roads.
As shoppers slowly head back to brick-and-mortar stores, new habits and new expectations for what true omnichannel is all about are taking center stage. Retailers that survived a year of baptism by fire are gearing up for commerce in 2021 and beyond by altering physical store layouts, providing customer-centric convenience and reimagining experience centers.
Walmart has invested in autonomous car company Cruise, ahead of a pilot delivery program with the GM-backed company’s self-driving vehicles. The pilot was announced late last year and is expected to begin in 2021, as Walmart explores new options for the so-called “last mile” of getting groceries and more to shoppers.
Climate change looks set to claim an unexpected new victim – Britain’s conservatories. They may be a sought-after addition to many middle-class homes but the sun traps can overheat in our increasingly warm summers. As a result, regulations are being brought in that could make conservatories far rarer in new-build houses. From June, any conservatory intended as part of a new development will need to show it will not create ‘unwanted solar gain’. The change is part of a raft of measures aimed at future-proofing homes against summers where temperatures are predicted to reach 40C (104F). Though well above what is currently experienced in Britain, such highs would cause conservatories to become unbearably hot, often increasing the temperature uncomfortably indoors too.