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To Nudge or Not to Nudge: The Ethical Debate Within Behavioural Economics

The shift away from neoclassical microeconomics to behavioural economics is rapidly changing the ways in which we all think. From helping us stick to our diets and recycle more often, to increasing worldwide organ donations and vaccination rates, nudging has great utility across a great number of sectors from personal to public domains. However, ‘with great power

Kenya: Tackling declining food production

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have pockets of food insecurity. These can appear and develop for many reasons. And in some cases, simple nature-based solutions can make a significant difference to people’s lives. Vihiga County, western Kenya—one of the most densely populated of the country’s 47 counties with an average household farm size of 0.4

2019-10-16T12:05:44-06:00Tags: |

Commentary: Thrifting supports environmental sustainability

Thrift trends are sweeping the nation. Hippies and hipsters alike spend hours picking through massive bins and swiping through racks of cheap, eccentric clothing faster than they swipe through people on Tinder. Many of my peers, including myself, get a shopper’s high flitting through racks on racks of color-coded sweaters — most of which are

2019-10-15T08:28:55-06:00Tags: |

Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations

New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body's defenses against infections such as the influenza virus. The study was led by Paige Lawrence, Ph.D., with the University of

2019-10-10T07:41:59-06:00Tags: |

Harvard, Earth Friendly Products Host Environmental Summit

Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and green cleaning products manufacturer Earth Friendly Products hosted the first-ever Harvard Environmental Action & Leadership Summit (HEALS) on Oct. 4. Held at the Harvard Faculty Club, the youth-led conference featured engaging and interactive panel discussions and workshops with leaders in business, policymaking, and environmental science. In the face of

2019-10-09T13:02:07-06:00Tags: |

Green roofs improve the urban environment –

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are investing in green roofs, drawn to their wide-ranging benefits which include savings on energy costs, mitigating the risk from floods, creating habitats for urban wildlife, tackling

2019-10-07T11:37:30-06:00Tags: |

Harvard to cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions

You are what you eat. And environmentalists know that personal dietary choices affect climate change as well as your personal health because food production accounts for nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, with animal-based foods taking a greater toll than grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Today, Harvard took its most recent step toward reducing

2019-09-29T12:34:24-06:00Tags: |

Sustain the Future

In summer 2018, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2019 graduate Steven Duclair returned to his birth country of Haiti for the first time since moving away in November 2007 at 12 years old. The trip lit a spark inside Duclair. “It was like me going back to Haiti and being in my community was … finding my

2019-09-16T10:35:59-06:00Tags: |

How IoT And AI Can Enable Environmental Sustainability

Millions of electronic devices are discarded without proper disposal. Billions of dollars are wasted every year for proper disposal or recycling of used parts of discarded devices. To mitigate the issue of improper disposal of redundant electronic devices, companies like Apple use recycled materials or materials which have a low harmful impact on the environment.

2019-09-15T19:41:49-06:00Tags: |

4 things brands can do for environmental sustainability

Approaches vary among fashion and footwear brands looking to reduce their environmental footprint. Some launch sustainable lines within their broader ranges, while others put out collections of more sustainable items, or develop sustainable materials for use in a limited range of products. But these efforts, while valuable, may not be the best starting place for

2019-08-21T07:00:44-06:00Tags: |

Living homes for all

Why we need affordable housing After this year of bleak climate reports and unprecedented wildfires, the need for a regenerative built environment has never been clearer. The need for affordable housing is similarly clear and dire. At least ten cities and the entire state of Hawaii have for years been in a formally declared State of Emergency

2019-08-16T07:07:01-06:00Tags: |