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Prepare for a sustainable future with Sustt blog.

A newsletter and blog unlike any other, Sustt brings you a weekly round-up of the latest developments in sustainability, with unique insights and lateral thinking into the topics that matter most.

An outdated treaty is stopping climate action in its tracks

What’s happening? Five energy companies are suing governments for £13bn ($17.8bn) under the...

Anja Pries

24th September 2021

Gas and CO2 supply woes could be alleviated by preparing for climate change

What’s happening? You’ve seen what’s happening: the steady rises in gas prices since the...

Marc Height

24th September 2021

How can we tell how green a green bond really is?

What’s happening? The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has partnered with the Hong Kong...

Mubaasil Hassan

24th September 2021

We need to talk about climate migration

 What’s happening? An estimated 216 million people could be forced to migrate within their own...

Anja Pries

17th September 2021

Climate change will likely increase your home insurance – what’s the solution?

What’s happening? Analysis from Swiss Re has found that climate-related risks could cause a 22%...

Mubaasil Hassan

17th September 2021

Air pollution is hard on mental health

What’s happening? People recently diagnosed with psychotic/mood disorders may need mental...

Nicola Watts

17th September 2021

Could deepfake technology impact sustainability efforts?

What’s happening? Microsoft’s M12 venture capital operation has invested in photo and video...

Fred Fullerton

17th September 2021

Eat more plants – UK advised to support alternative proteins

What’s happening? The UK should increase its support of alternative protein research, which...

Katie Chan

17th September 2021

Companies push back against Texas abortion law

What’s happening? Anti-abortion website Texas Right to Life has been forced to change web host...

Sara Trett

10th September 2021

Do corporations care?

What’s happening? Pledges by corporate leaders to serve a wider pool of stakeholders beyond...

Marc Height

10th September 2021

Can I get a coffee – but hold the coffee, please

What’s happening? Compound Foods has raised $4.5m in seed funding, giving it $5.3m in total...

Katie Chan

10th September 2021

Keep working to save brain power

What’s happening? Delaying retirement may slow cognitive decline, a paper in SSM –...

Nicola Watts

10th September 2021

Airbnb to house 20,000 Afghan refugees

What’s happening? Airbnb founder and CEO Brian Chesky has announced the company will start...

Sara Trett

03rd September 2021

China prepares draft biodiversity declaration ahead of summit

What’s happening? China will call on countries to acknowledge the importance of biodiversity to...

Katie Chan

03rd September 2021

DNA tracing – a weapon in the fight against fraud

What’s happening? Seafood company Thai Union has launched a forensic science and DNA...

Fred Fullerton

03rd September 2021

Is there a doctor in the house?

What’s happening? UK firm Lilli will install AI-backed sensors in the homes of 100 people in...

Nicola Watts

03rd September 2021

Passing ‘tipping points’ could triple the costs of climate change

What’s happening? Research from the Grantham Institute at LSE has found that exceeding major...

Katie Chan

27th August 2021

Vertical farming is on the rise

What’s happening? Infarm is building its second UK Growing Centre, which it claims will be among...

Anja Pries

27th August 2021

Banking on gender diversity

What’s happening? Increasing the proportion of female directors improves the financial and...

Mubaasil Hassan

27th August 2021

A race to save the planet

What’s happening? Greenland is to host its first ever motorsport event between 28-29 August as...

Mubaasil Hassan

27th August 2021

Are we getting tired of talking about climate change?

What’s happening? The first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s...

Anja Pries

20th August 2021

AI can inexplicably detect race when we don’t want it to

What’s happening? AI models used to examine x-rays can identify a patient’s race, but how the...

Sara Trett

20th August 2021

How to fight food waste with your mobile phone

What’s happening? Discount food app Too Good To Go, which sells surplus food from restaurants...

Fred Fullerton

20th August 2021

A vision for hydrogen kicks up a fuss

What’s happening? The UK government has published its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy for a...

The latest IPCC report is out. What does it mean?

What’s happening? Global temperature increases of 1.5C will be reached in the next 20 years due...

Katie Chan

13th August 2021

Are Big Tech stocks about to be booted from ESG funds?

What’s happening? Big Tech stocks could soon be identified as some of the world’s largest...

Mubaasil Hassan

13th August 2021

All trains are green? It’s not that simple

What’s happening? The fast roll-out of electric vehicles in the United Kingdom means the £100bn...

Anja Pries

13th August 2021

Do we really need deep-sea mining for a low-carbon future?

What’s happening? Deep-sea mining is not necessary for the renewable-energy transition, according...

Anja Pries

06th August 2021

UAE pilots solar-powered generator to create water from air

What’s happening? A solar-powered project is being tested in the United Arab Emirates that could...

Katie Chan

06th August 2021

Is the video gaming industry a sustainability nightmare?

What’s happening? Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its president, J Allen Brack, is...

Fred Fullerton

06th August 2021

How can diversity in clinical trials be improved?

What’s happening? The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has launched Outreach Pro, a tool...

Nicola Watts

06th August 2021

Carbon pricing to fight climate change

What’s happening? The G20 has recognised carbon pricing as a tool to combat climate change for...

Mubaasil Hassan

06th August 2021

Why do we need to clear up space debris?

What’s happening? Fujitsu is among the firms working with Astroscale on one of the first...

Fred Fullerton

30th July 2021

Is there a sustainable way to eat fish?

What’s happening? Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost province in Argentina, has banned the use of...

Anja Pries

30th July 2021

The Great Barrier Reef is fine! But is it?

What’s happening? The Great Barrier Reef will not be included on a list of “in danger” world...

Katie Chan

30th July 2021

Do natural disasters cause Covid-19 cases to rise?

What’s happening? The risk of contracting Covid-19 may be significantly increased with...

Nicola Watts

30th July 2021

Yeah… we haven’t spent that much to make the planet better after Covid

What’s happening? The failure of national governments to pursue a green economic recovery from...

Marc Height

23rd July 2021

How do we balance scientific and cultural concerns?

What’s happening? Native Hawaiian communities have managed to halt building work for the Thirty...

Sara Trett

23rd July 2021

It’s time to notice informal caregivers

What’s happening? Regenstrief Institute-led researchers have received a grant from the National...

Nicola Watts

23rd July 2021

More action is needed to tackle racism on social media platforms

What’s happening? The Football Association (FA) has condemned the abuse targeted at Marcus...

Fred Fullerton

16th July 2021

There’s not enough space to reach net zero

What’s happening? The failure to develop a market for carbon capture and storage (CCS) is...

Marc Height

16th July 2021

Time is ticking down to align with Paris Agreement: MSCI

What’s happening? A new tracker by MSCI, covering around 9,000 companies, has found listed...

Mubaasil Hassan

16th July 2021

The social cost of climate action

What’s happening? The European Commission is planning a fund to support low-income households...

Anja Pries

16th July 2021

How DNA analysis can help save endangered species – and track our food

What’s happening? A $15m scheme hoping to describe and identify freshwater ecosystem biodiversity...

Anja Pries

09th July 2021

Offsetting the carbon in your weekly shop

What’s happening? German challenger bank Tomorrow will offer a carbon emissions calculator on...

Fred Fullerton

09th July 2021

Testing times ahead

What’s happening? Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare has partnered with South Korean biotech firm...

Nicola Watts

09th July 2021

PayPal commits $100m to financial inclusion for gender equality

What’s happening? PayPal Holdings has pledged at least $100m to improve gender equality after...

Sara Trett

09th July 2021

Gulf of Mexico fire raises questions about energy infrastructure

What’s happening? Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, has said that fast action by its...

Kate Chan

09th July 2021

We shouldn’t forget the obvious impact of climate change – heat

What’s happening? An extreme heatwave has led to deaths across the north-west region of North...

Marc Height

02nd July 2021

Killing nature could become a crime

What’s happening? The Stop Ecocide Foundation has drawn up a definition of ecocide with the...

Katie Chan

02nd July 2021

Farmers swap crops for solar panels

What’s happening? The number of planned solar farms in the east of England has doubled in recent...

Mubaasil Hassan

02nd July 2021

Could blockchain facilitate peer-to-peer water trading?

What’s happening? The US state of Colorado has turned to blockchain to help it manage its...

Fred Fullerton

02nd July 2021

Is the world becoming more uninsurable?

On Valentine’s Day 2021, President Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas(1). Severe winter...

Sandy Jayaraj

25th June 2021

Can smart windows help us save energy, and emissions?

What’s happening? The 40-storey 825 Third Avenue building in Manhattan has been retrofitted with...

Marc Height

25th June 2021

Can public health campaigns damage women?

What’s happening? The World Health Organization (WHO) draft Global Alcohol Action Plan has drawn...

Nicola Watts

25th June 2021

Companies ‘sharing’ executives to fulfil diversity quotas

What’s happening? Some Fortune 500 company boards are “recycling” board members to fulfil...

Sara Trett

25th June 2021

How can supercomputers save the planet?

What’s happening?  Nvidia has announced plans to invest over $100m in its Cambridge-1...

Fred Fullerton

25th June 2021

Where does cryptocurrency fit in an ESG portfolio?

If you have even a passing interest in cryptocurrency, then you will have certainly been aware of...

Nick Jardine

25th June 2021

How would a commodities “supercycle” fit with global sustainability?

What’s happening? Some financial analysts have been proclaiming the presence of an emerging...

Mubaasil Hassan

17th June 2021

The grass isn’t greener

What’s happening? A Nevada law will see “non-functional” grass banned in Las Vegas, while...

Katie Chan

17th June 2021

I spy with my corporate eye

What’s happening? IKEA France has been handed a €1m ($1.2m) fine by a French court after...

Fred Fullerton

17th June 2021

Swiss voters shoot down climate tax

What’s happening? A climate law that would introduce a higher surcharge on car fuels and a levy...

Nick Jardine

17th June 2021

Is there a green bubble in the stock market?

What’s happening? Data from Bank of America showed investments into ESG (environment, social and...

Mubaasil Hassan

11th June 2021

Burger King’s stale LGBTQ+ commitment

What’s happening? Burger King will donate to the Human Rights Campaign for every Ch’King...

Sara Trett

11th June 2021

If we want to fix the climate, we need to fix Covid

What’s happening? A deal to limit global temperature rises to under 1.5C will only be achieved...

Katie Chan

11th June 2021

The return of the office worker

What’s happening? Apple employees have urged the tech giant to embrace flexible working as part...

Fred Fullerton

11th June 2021

Your morning coffee is under threat from Brazil’s drought

What’s happening? A severe drought in Brazil, the world’s leading exporter of coffee, orange...

Katie Chan

04th June 2021

Could your next job be green?

What’s happening? A study by the Robert Gordon University expects that 65% of offshore energy...

Fred Fullerton

04th June 2021

Can being sustainable get you cheaper insurance?

What’s Happening? Research from the website Comparethemarket.com has found the average cost of...

Mubaasil Hassan

04th June 2021

Why are people turning their back on parenthood?

What’s happening? China has said that married couples will be allowed to have up to three...

Nicola Watts

04th June 2021

The zombie fires are coming

What’s happening? Arctic “zombie fires” – fires from previous years that survive...

Marc Height

27th May 2021

How can individuals force change at oil companies? Buy their shares

What’s happening? Chevron’s shareholders have voted in support of a Follow This proposal for...

Mubaasil Hassan

27th May 2021

Sierra Leone agrees $55m rainforest sale with China

What’s happening? The government of Sierra Leone has agreed a $55m deal with China that will see...

Katie Chan

27th May 2021

Tinder uses prompt feature to reduce offensive language

What’s happening? Match Group has introduced a tool designed to stop offensive messages on the...

Now we know what’s needed to stop dangerous climate change and it’s… a lot

What’s happening? In order for the world to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century – which is...

Marc Height

21st May 2021

Fair launches digital banking services focusing on accessibility

What’s happening? Fair, a multi-lingual digital bank, has launched a service to improve financial...

Sara Trett

21st May 2021

Get online to stop memory decline

What’s happening? The risk of memory decline among older people may be reduced by online and...

Nicola Watts

21st May 2021

Searching for sustainable cryptocurrency alternatives

What’s happening? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the company will no longer accept bitcoin due to...

Fred Fullerton

21st May 2021

US economy loses billions from lack of broadband access: Deloitte

What’s happening? The US economy could receive a $186bn boost and 875,000 new jobs if access to...

Sara Trett

13th May 2021

Smartphones have become people’s homes: anthropologists

What’s happening? Smartphones have become the place where people “live”, a book published by...

Nicola Watts

13th May 2021

California seeks to prevent Nestle from taking water from forest

What’s happening? Water officials in drought-stricken California have presented a draft...

Katie Chan

13th May 2021

Addressing the sustainability impact of growing cyberattacks

What’s happening? A fuel pipeline that supplies the US’s East Coast has shut down following a...

Fred Fullerton

13th May 2021

Corporate donors raise $250m to address anti-Asian violence

Corporate donors such as Bank of America and Walmart, along with Asian-American business leaders,...

Sara Trett

07th May 2021

A network of lakes, marshes and streams is suing Florida

What’s happening? A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a network of lakes, marshes and streams...

Marc Height

07th May 2021

Autonomous police units could deepen racial inequality

What’s happening? The New York Police Department (NYPD) has cancelled a contract worth around...

Fred Fullerton

07th May 2021

Face masks and the future

What’s happening? Potentially dangerous particles leach from disposable plastic face masks (DPFs)...

Nicola Watts

07th May 2021

AI-assisted machines reward plastic recycling

What’s happening? Sensi has developed an AI-based machine that rewards consumers for recycling...

Fred Fullerton

29th April 2021

Green group turns up the heat on big oil advertising

What’s happening? Climate campaigners are challenging ExxonMobil over its claims its algal...

Katie Chan

29th April 2021

How about to clean up city air we use… cars?

What’s happening? Heatherwick Studio has revealed a concept for an electric vehicle (EV) that can...

Marc Height

29th April 2021

Are we seeing some easing of ‘vaccine nationalism’?

What’s happening? The US has agreed to export raw materials to India to manufacture the...

Nick Jardine

29th April 2021

IETF looks to remove racial language from computer coding terms

What’s happening? Volunteer organisation the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is debating...

Sara Trett

23rd April 2021

A fish-eye view of the ocean

What’s happening? The UK government will create the Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network, a...

Katie Chan

23rd April 2021

Dublin has a solution for improving the safety of e-scooters – AI

What’s happening? Dublin City University, in collaboration with micro-mobility technology company...

Tereza Krasova

23rd April 2021

Why is Big Tech backing sustainable aviation?

What’s happening? Microsoft, Boeing and JPMorgan are among the firms to join the newly...

Fred Fullerton

23rd April 2021

Lots more methane – but where is it coming from?

What’s happening? Last year saw methane concentrations in the atmosphere rise by 14.67 parts per...

Marc Height

16th April 2021

Scientists are getting better at predicting the age of menopause – we should talk about it at work too

What’s happening? Factors that could help predict a woman’s age at natural menopause have been...

Nicola Watts

16th April 2021

Radioactive water and diplomacy – has the US blundered in its support for Japan?

What’s happening? US support for Japan’s multi-decade plan to release radioactive water...

Nick Jardine

16th April 2021

Massachusetts signs pollution law to improve social equality

What’s happening? A law requiring Massachusetts to assess the social impact of infrastructure...

Sara Trett

16th April 2021

Could COP26 be delayed again? And what would that mean for climate change?

What’s happening? The UN’s COP26 climate change conference may have to be postponed a...

Marc Height

08th April 2021

Let’s talk about the climate impact of remote work

What’s happening? US start-up Watershed has developed an online calculator enabling companies...

Fred Fullerton

08th April 2021

Medical diagnostics – today, tomorrow and beyond

What’s happening? Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) researchers have created an...

Nicola Watts

08th April 2021

Are businesses, not governments, our best hope for supporting social equity?

What’s happening? Republican lawmakers are attacking corporations that have voiced opposition to...

Nick Jardine

08th April 2021

The doctor would like to actually see you now

What’s happening? UK GPs’ leader Martin Marshall has said doctors have been frustrated by...

Nicola Watts

01st April 2021

Is the pandemic resulting in remote burnout?

What’s happening? Junior employees in consulting, law or financial services are facing burnout at...

Sara Trett

01st April 2021

Netflix gets a clearer picture of its carbon footprint

What’s happening? Netflix has utilised the University of Bristol’s DIMPACT tool to...

Fred Fullerton

01st April 2021

Is seaweed the solution to reducing methane from cows?

What’s happening? Putting the Asparagopsis taxiformis form of seaweed in cattle feed is a viable...

Katie Chan

01st April 2021

Years of Good Life – the alternative to GDP?

What’s happening? Austrian researchers have developed an alternative metric to GDP and methods...

Marc Height

25th March 2021

Coffee grounded in sustainability – Starbucks commits to reducing emissions and water consumption

What’s happening? Starbucks will work alongside coffee farmers to reduce carbon emissions and...

Fred Fullerton

25th March 2021

UK start-up Deep Branch converts waste CO2 into animal feed

What’s happening? UK start-up Deep Branch has raised €8m ($9.5m) to convert CO2 into animal...

Jamie Ludlow

25th March 2021

Trump’s social network could be arriving at the worst possible time

What’s happening? Former US President Donald Trump has said he is working on launching his own...

Nick Jardine

25th March 2021

Amazon asks: “Do you want to play?”

What’s happening? Amazon has expanded its FC Games programme, which gamifies tasks at its...

Fred Fullerton

18th March 2021

Addressing the links between climate change and domestic abuse

What’s happening? The Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, Texas reported it encountered a loss...

Sara Trett

18th March 2021

Heavyweight trio turn to space-travel tech for waste-to-fuel initiative

What’s happening? Chevron, Schlumberger and Microsoft have partnered to build a facility that...

Jack Elliot

18th March 2021

We need blue carbon for a green world

What’s happening? Three world heritage listed marine sites in Australia – the Great Barrier...

Katie Chan

17th March 2021

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

What’s happening? Today is the World Day Against Cyber Censorship which highlights the ongoing...

Fred Fullerton

12th March 2021

The US’ cannabis industry creates more than just smoke

What’s happening? The energy use from growing cannabis legally in Colorado generates more CO2...

Marc Height

11th March 2021

Visual impairment has been a blind spot during the pandemic; technology can address it

What’s happening? A retinal implant that can provide artificial vision to blind people has been...

Nicola Watts

11th March 2021

Will international rivals cooperate on climate?

What’s happening? Senior officials from the Biden administration have signalled they wish to work...

Nick Jardine

11th March 2021

Are controlled-release, bio-based fertilisers the future of farming?

What’s happening? Anuvia Plant Nutrients has secured $103m in Series C funding. The...

Jamie Ludlow

11th March 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

Our thoughts on International Women’s Day. Plus, your last chance get Sustt+ free for one year....

Sara Trett

08th March 2021

Biden ups ‘the most important number you’ve never heard of’

What’s happening? US President Joe Biden has restored the US’ internal estimate of the...

Marc Height

05th March 2021

Pollution is leading to ageing populations – how can urban environments respond?

What’s happening? Endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment are driving an increase in...

Nicola Watts

05th March 2021

Tech-savvy gig workers fight back

What’s happening? Gig economy workers are increasingly turning to or developing...

Fred Fullerton

05th March 2021

How the online abuse women face hinders climate education

What’s happening? Female climate activists are targeted with misogynistic comments, and...

Sara Trett

05th March 2021

Period poverty is still a thing – how can we address it?

What’s happening? Up to 85,000 Irish women and girls may be struggling to access period products,...

Nicola Watts

05th March 2021

A lot of work’s needed to save the Great Barrier Reef

What’s happening? A report card from the Australian government has found that the Great...

Katie Chan

25th February 2021

Replacing cops with social workers prevents arrests in Denver

What’s happening? Between June and November 2020, Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response...

Sara Trett

25th February 2021

Access to toilets – for some it stinks

What’s happening? Mister Loo, which operates a chain of pay toilets in Thailand, saw sales grow...

Nicola Watts

25th February 2021

Delivery driving in cities should be recognised as the dangerous job it is

What’s happening? Turkish firm Bizero is piloting delivery robots as a way of preventing delivery...

Fred Fullerton

25th February 2021

Filling the desert with solar panels – a good idea, right?

What’s happening? The construction of huge arrays of solar panels in the Sahara Desert could...

Marc Height

19th February 2021

Biden’s executive order a welcome look at “climate migration”

What’s happening? US President Joe Biden has issued an executive order focusing on enhancing...

Abir Qazilbash

19th February 2021

Bitcoin’s environmental footprint comes back into the spotlight

What’s happening? The electricity consumption of bitcoin mining is around 121.36 TWh annually...

Fred Fullerton

19th February 2021

Who’s responsible for tackling obesity?

What’s happening? Type 2 diabetes drug semaglutide could be a potential “game-changer” in...

Nicola Watts

19th February 2021

Dissecting Shell’s net-zero ambitions

What’s happening? Shell has unveiled plans to become a major player in selling renewable energy...

David Pratt

19th February 2021

Chevron, bp throw weight behind geothermal start-up Eavor

What’s happening? Canadian start-up Eavor has raised $40m in a funding round that included bp...

Sammy Moore

16th February 2021

Lockdowns or no lockdowns, city air pollution is still terrible

What’s happening? The average level of air pollution in cities worldwide is around four times...

Katie Chan

12th February 2021

The new big players in offshore wind power? Energy majors.

What’s happening? RWE and bp have each secured 3 GW of capacity in the Crown Estate Round 4...

Jack Elliott

12th February 2021

Community activism needs to be properly valued

What’s happening? The US economy is not taking into account the economic contribution that...

Sara Trett

12th February 2021

Will climate action create political instability?

What’s happening? The EU’s 2050 net-zero emissions goal could have a significant...

Nick Jardine

12th February 2021

Microsoft takes a small step to carbon negativity

What’s happening? Climeworks is among the climate-focused firms receiving investment from...

Marc Height

05th February 2021

The Ganges is releasing billions of microplastics each day

What’s happening? The Ganges river and two nearby waterways are releasing up to three billion...

Katie Chan

05th February 2021

Bad rep of Australian mining firms creates recruitment challenges

What’s happening? The Australian mining industry is struggling to attract young talent due to a...

Sara Trett

05th February 2021

Coastal wetlands found to be important to wellbeing

What’s happening? A Flinders University study has discovered that tidal wetlands and protected...

Nicola Watts

05th February 2021

Could mandating vaccinations in the workplace lead to diversity and inclusion issues?

What’s happening? Some UK firms are creating databases to keep track of staff who have been...

Fred Fullerton

30th January 2021

Dieselgate inspires NOx-reducing plane design from MIT

What’s happening? Scientists at MIT have designed a system that could capture nitrogen oxide...

Marc Height

30th January 2021

This week’s GameStop saga shows some pandemic trends are here to stay

What’s happening? This story has been reported to death, and has received attention from...

Sara Trett

30th January 2021

Apple Watch offers walking exercises with celebrities

What’s happening? Apple has launched the “Time to Walk” feature for the Apple Watch, which...

Nicola Watts

30th January 2021

The EU’s vaccine issues could be a boon for China

What’s happening? The European Commission has confirmed it will bring in a mechanism allowing...

Nick Jardine

30th January 2021

A natural solution to reducing plastic from the ocean: seagrass

What’s happening? Underwater seagrass meadows may be naturally trapping millions of fragments of...

Katie Chan

30th January 2021

China just launched the world’s largest carbon market

What’s happening? China has launched its own national emissions trading scheme (ETS). The...

Marc Height

23rd January 2021

Interest grows in funding nature-based climate solutions

What’s happening? French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will...

Katie Chan

23rd January 2021

Ineos gives Oxford University £100m for antibiotic research

What’s Happening? Chemicals company Ineos has donated £100m ($136.2m) to the University of...

Nicola Watts

23rd January 2021

A sluggish vaccine rollout exposes the EU’s weaknesses again

What’s happening? A virtual summit of EU leaders saw angst directed towards pharmaceutical firms...

Nick Jardine

23rd January 2021

Parler forced offline as AWS refuses to host ‘violent content’

What’s happening? Amazon has become the latest technology company to act against social network...

Sara Trett

16th January 2021

Bolivia’s water supplies threatened by global warming

What’s happening? The Tuni glacier in Bolivia is shrinking more quickly than previously...

Katie Chan

16th January 2021

Trump offered up the Arctic, but oil firms didn’t want it

What’s happening? The Trump administration’s auction of drilling rights in 1.6 million acres of...

Marc Height

16th January 2021

Digital health: the new normal

What’s Happening? UK downloads of health apps have substantially increased during the course of...

Nicola Watts

16th January 2021

Organic meat is as harmful for the climate as alternatives, says study

What’s happening? The climate damage resulting from organic meat production is just as severe as...

Katie Chan

09th January 2021

The last line of defence against Big Tech dominance may rely on unionisation

What’s happening? Over 220 Google employees have formed the Alphabet Workers Union, following...

Fred Fullerton

09th January 2021

Israel criticised over vaccination exclusion of Palestinians

What’s happening? Israel is facing criticism from human rights organisations for excluding...

Abir Qazilbash

09th January 2021

The pandemic may change the face of start-up VC funding for the better

What’s happening? The Covid-19 pandemic has forced US venture capitalists to abandon the...

Sara Trett

09th January 2021

Net-zero pledges abound in 2020 – but what do they all mean?

What’s happening? Global corporate pledges to slash emissions to net-zero have rapidly increased,...

Marc Height

09th January 2021

Pakistan’s Billion Tree Honey plan could create 87,000 green jobs

What’s happening? Pakistan could generate PKR43bn ($270m) in revenues with the recently launched...

Abir Qazilbash

02nd January 2021

Big Tobacco to the rescue: Will BAT’s vaccine smoke Covid-19?

What’s happening? The US FDA has approved trials by British American Tobacco’s (BAT)...

Nicola Watts

02nd January 2021

Big Tech could use its cloud computing dominance to influence Big Oil

What’s happening? Google has agreed a Saudi Arabian cloud services deal with a division of...

Fred Fullerton

02nd January 2021

What can we expect from insurers’ net-zero underwriting commitments?

What’s happening? AXA has proposed an alliance of firms from across the insurance industry...

Nick Jardine

02nd January 2021

ESG compliance will require looking to the stars

What’s happening? Environmental Market Solutions researchers have developed a system using AI,...

Sara Trett

02nd January 2021

Who is responsible for disseminating climate education?

What’s happening? Nine-year-old environmental activist Licypriya Kangujam has become the youngest...

Abir Qazilbash

19th December 2020

How realistic are India’s universal health care plans?

What’s happening? The Lancet Citizens’ Commission has been launched in India, with the aim...

Nicola Watts

19th December 2020

Plants are absorbing less CO2 than predicted – what does this mean for climate action?

What’s happening? A “fertilisation effect” that has seen rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels...

Marc Height

19th December 2020

The last line of defence against all-powerful Big Tech is under threat

What’s happening? Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has promised to carry out a review of the firing of...

Sara Trett

19th December 2020

How Donald Trump’s continued election contesting could hinder vaccination efforts

What’s happening? Alternative conservative news networks Newsmax and One American News (OAN) are...

Nick Jardine

19th December 2020

Sony could move operations out of Japan due to lack of renewables

What’s happening? Sony and other organisations have told the Japanese government they may look...

Marc Height

12th December 2020

Will we learn from Covid-19 and stop discriminatory health care practices?

What’s happening? Black Americans are the least willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine when one...

Nicola Watts

12th December 2020

Developers upgrade apps to monitor police encounters in real time

What’s happening? Video apps, including one developed by the American Civil Liberties Union,...

Sara Trett

12th December 2020

Upskilling staff for cybersecurity functions: two birds with one stone

What’s happening? UK forces employment charity the RFEA and TechVets have partnered to train...

Fred Fullerton

12th December 2020

China at efforts to show you can control the weather

What’s happening? China intends to increase its ability to modify weather and will expand an...

Katie Chan

12th December 2020

EV report turns into PR disaster for Aston Martin

What’s happening? Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has said the firm will investigate how a report...

Marc Height

05th December 2020

Major brands seek changes to US ban on Xinjiang labour goods

What’s happening? Apple, Coca-Cola and Nike are among several major US brands that have been...

Sara Trett

05th December 2020

Do we have a human right to a healthy environment?

What’s happening? A climate lawsuit lodged by six Portuguese youth activists against 33 countries...

Katie Chan

05th December 2020

Farm antibiotic use raises concerns for post-Brexit trade deals

What’s happening? Key countries the UK is looking to make post-Brexit deals with are all...

Nicola Watts

05th December 2020

Populism’s not dead. In Europe, it may just be getting started

What’s happening? French President Emmanuel Macron faces a political balancing act amid potential...

Nick Jardine

05th December 2020

Emissions from plug-in hybrid vehicles far higher than advertised

What’s happening? Plug-in hybrid vehicles emit up to eight times more CO2 than carmakers claim in...

Katie Chan

28th November 2020

Disabled employees denied 20% of remote-working requests: Scope

What’s happening? Around 20% of disabled workers have had requests to work remotely rejected by...

Sara Trett

28th November 2020

Are carbon border taxes as inevitable as they seem?

What’s happening? John Kerry, who was President Obama’s Secretary of State, has been appointed...

Nick Jardine

28th November 2020

Investors representing $7tn join to tackle antimicrobial resistance

What’s happening? Aviva Investors, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management and Nordea Asset...

Nicola Watts

28th November 2020

Chinese vaccine could strengthen ties with poorer nations

What’s happening? Producing a Covid-19 vaccine that can be distributed in poorer countries...

Nick Jardine

21st November 2020

Upcycled crustacean waste used to create supplements

What’s happening? NUS researchers have developed a process of transforming crustacean waste into...

Katie Chan

21st November 2020

Work hard. Have fun. Get prescriptions. Amazon launches online pharmacy

What’s Happening? Amazon customers can now order prescriptions via the Amazon Pharmacy store,...

Nicola Watts

21st November 2020

UAE youth urge green recovery action to drive policy

What’s happening? State decision-making in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should prioritise the...

Abir Qazilbash

21st November 2020

The UK’s green recovery plans – how do they stack up?

What’s happening? A £12bn ($16bn) 10-point green plan that could create around 250,000 jobs has...

Marc Height

21st November 2020

TikTok partners with Shopify to offer ecommerce service

What’s happening? TikTok has partnered with Shopify to enable merchants to advertise and sell...

Fred Fullerton

14th November 2020

UK medics urge imposition of taxes on high-emissions foods

What’s happening? A climate tax should be imposed on food with a heavy environmental impact by...

Nick Jardine

14th November 2020

Shell climate change ads axed from Facebook

What’s happening? Some Shell advertisements, including for its US electric vehicle-charging firm...

Katie Chan

14th November 2020

Parler ‘uncensored’ app adds users, tops US charts after election

What’s happening? Social media platform Parler topped the US download chart following Donald...

Sara Trett

14th November 2020

US election result re-injects hope into the Paris Agreement

What’s happening? The election of Joe Biden as US president could bring the Paris Agreement...

Marc Height

14th November 2020

The Covid-19 vaccine is on its way, creating additional challenges

What’s Happening? Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that their Covid-19 vaccine candidate has...

Nicola Watts

14th November 2020

UK businesses join diversity scheme to hire 10,000 Black interns

What’s happening? PwC, Linklaters and the NHS are among the members of the #10000BlackInterns...

Abir Qazilbash

07th November 2020

Sharks and tuna are carbon stores and should not be fished

What’s happening? Large fish species, including shark and tuna, are carbon stores that should...

Katie Chan

07th November 2020

Large banks are still funding the oil sands industry

What’s happening? Campaign group ShareAction has released researchfinding that Barclays, Credit...

Marc Height

07th November 2020

US FDA staff support approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug

What’s happening? Reviewers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said they have...

Nicola Watts

07th November 2020

Trump’s legacy will influence US public opinion – and maybe even policy – beyond his time in office

What’s happening? Baseless claims about the integrity of the US presidential election made by...

Nick Jardine

07th November 2020