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UK using mining heritage to secure sustainable development in Africa

On the 6 February 2019, visitors to the biggest mining conference in Africa, Mining Indaba, were invited to an industry dialogue between important figures in mining, agriculture, finance and government. This panel discussion, hosted by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) aimed to: •  forge a holistic, responsible approach to mining •  delivering mutual

2019-02-16T16:06:28+00:00Tags: |

New technology to protect drinking water from Lake Erie algal toxins

Before the 2014 Toledo Water Crisis left half a million residents without safe drinking water for three days, Dr. Jason Huntley's research at The University of Toledo focused on bacteria that cause pneumonia. After the harmful algal bloom prompted the city of Toledo's "Do Not Drink" advisory, the microbiologist expanded his research projects to target

2019-02-11T12:08:07+00:00Tags: |

How sustainable are bioplastics?

At face value, taxing consumption of materials derived from petrochemicals and subsidizing production of bioplastics both sound like they’d encourage sustainable consumption. But applying these policies to meet a hypothetical 5% target for bioplastics use reveals a different story, according to scientists in Germany. Today, bioplastics have a market share of around 1%, but as

2019-02-06T08:25:23+00:00Tags: |

Lettuce show you how to restore oil-soaked soil

Rice University engineers have figured out how soil contaminated by heavy oil can not only be cleaned but made fertile again. How do they know it works? They grew lettuce. Rice engineers Kyriacos Zygourakis and Pedro Alvarez and their colleagues have fine-tuned their method to remove petroleum contaminants from soil through the age-old process of

2019-02-04T08:17:24+00:00Tags: |

Overcoming the colonial development model of resource extraction

The end of the last commodity boom from 2000-2014 and recent swings in world oil prices have once again brought to the fore one of the most important binding constraints to long-term growth and economic development in Africa—the lingering effects of colonialism on Africa’s patterns of trade and the dynamics of world markets. Several decades

2019-02-01T09:12:51+00:00Tags: |

Editors’ Picks 2018: Sustainability and the Environment

The year 2018 wasn’t an easy one for the planet. Throughout the year we worried about how soon we may have to say good-bye to the Mediterranean region, what mysterious blight is killing European trees and whether a freshly calved Manhattan-sized iceberg would flood Manhattan. But there was also good news. We learned that our

2019-01-30T03:30:34+00:00Tags: |

A landscape unseen in over 40,000 years

Glacial retreat in the Canadian Arctic has uncovered landscapes that haven't been ice-free in more than 40,000 years and the region may be experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years, new University of Colorado Boulder research finds. The study, published today in the journal Nature Communications, uses radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of plants

2019-01-27T05:16:34+00:00Tags: |

Major northeastern U.S. snowstorms expected to continue with climate change

Even though climate change is expected to reduce the total amount of U.S. snowfall this century, it's unlikely to significantly rein in the most powerful nor'easters that pummel the East Coast, new research indicates. The study finds that smaller snowstorms that drop a few inches will diminish greatly in number by late century. But the

2019-01-25T05:02:04+00:00Tags: |

Supplier sustainability on the Davos 2019 menu:.

As global leaders, corporate giants and academics gather in Switzerland’s Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, sustainability is high on the agenda. The journey towards a fully sustainable supply chain is, in reality, only just getting started, as the true impacts of climate change and the need to feed the fast-growing global population become

2019-01-23T09:14:48+00:00Tags: |

Rising temperatures may safeguard crop nutrition as climate changes

Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new study in Plant Journal from the University of Illinois, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center suggests that this is an incomplete picture of the complex environmental

2019-01-22T07:35:29+00:00Tags: |

Greenland ice melting four times faster than in 2003

Scientists concerned about sea level rise have long focused on Greenland's southeast and northwest regions, where large glaciers stream iceberg-sized chunks of ice into the Atlantic Ocean. Those chunks float away, eventually melting. But a new study published Jan. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the largest sustained ice

2019-01-21T17:10:12+00:00Tags: |

Local focus could help tackle global problems

Parochialism (a focus on a local area) is often viewed negatively, and is sometimes seen as being akin to "nimbyism" -- characterised by insularity and selfishness. But researchers from the University of Exeter argue that "positive parochialism" could be a foundation for environmental concern and action. Their study revisits the Parish Maps project instigated in

2019-01-18T05:32:43+00:00Tags: |

Diet and food production must radically change to save planet

Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries -- driving climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution due to over-application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and unsustainable changes in water and land use. The

U.S. Emissions in 2018 Saw the Second-Largest Spike

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose by a striking 3.4 percent in 2018, in the midst of an otherwise downward trend since 2005, a new analysis suggests. It’s likely the second-largest emissions jump since 1996, topped only by a 3.6 percent spike in 2010. The findings were published Monday by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, largely

2019-01-10T07:23:05+00:00Tags: |

9 sustainable living tips to take from our grandparents

Our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in a simpler time, and we aren’t just talking about technology. During the Great Depression, many rural areas didn’t have running water or electricity, and things like proper refrigeration, freezers and air conditioning were a luxury. What’s more, big-box chains and massive supermarkets didn’t exist, and you didn’t have the

2019-01-08T03:00:57+00:00Tags: |