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How to Make Pet Ownership More Sustainable: What’s Your Pet’s Environmental Pawprint?

Fran Haddock and Jo Wills are both small animal veterinary surgeons with a passion for sustainability and sustainable pet ownership. None of the products mentioned in this article are sponsors. Have you ever considered the environmental impact of your pet? Although it may not be highest on your eco-action list, pets carry significant environmental paw prints throughout their lifetime due to their…

Beekeepers for Life: how a UK-based charity are helping empower women and helping the environment

We’ve been looking at inspiring stories of how organisations can empower women around the globe while doing good for the environment. One of our favourites is a new campaign called Beekeepers for Life run by Bees Abroad, a UK based charity run by a global community. We’re looking at how the campaign is helping female groups in Africa to alleviate poverty through…

New data reveals unsavoury supermarket practices

What’s Going On Here? Over 280,000 tons of food is reported to be wasted by the UK’s ten largest supermarkets every year. This amounts to the equivalent of a whopping 190 million meals. What’s Does This Mean? Data for 2019-20 revealed that a substantial amount of edible food produced by Britain’s supermarket giants is either used for anaerobic digestion or to feed…

Is the Green Homes Grant being scrapped?

What’s Going On Here? The £1.5bn Green Homes Grant was announced last year as part of the government’s pledge to “build back better” after the coronavirus crisis. However, there have been recent worrying reports that unspent funding will be lost. What Does This Mean? Back in July last year we explained how you (if you’re a homeowner) could get support from the…

When two finance mega-trends collide…fintech and responsible investing

Money makes the world go round, so the old adage says, and with the asset management market worth an estimated $110 trillion, that’s plenty of inertia. As we know, the rise of the conscious consumer has increasingly channelled that force into buying products which go some way towards protecting the environment – but there’s only so much that switching to reusable cups,…

Ice, Ice, Life? Researchers discover marine organisms beneath 3000ft of Antarctic ice shelf

What’s Going On Here? Researchers extracting sediment core from the seabed on the south-eastern Weddell Sea made a surprise discovery, when their camera sent down the borehole revealed a life-bearing rock – 16 sponges accompanied by 22 unidentified animals.  What Does This Mean? The footage of the boulder shows it is home to at least two types of sponge and other organisms,…

U.K. Government is forcing corporations to make climate-related disclosures…enter Spherics

This article has been sponsored by Spherics. What’s Going On Here? Currently, there’s no legislation forcing UK businesses to measure and disclose their environmental impact. But an announcement by a government taskforce set up to review how businesses should report their environmental impact shows is changing this. According to the roadmap released by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), large finance…

Keep Coal in the Hole: is the Controversial Cumbrian Coal Mine Being Reconsidered?

What’s Going On Here? After pledging to phase out coal, the UK government allowed planning of the first new deep coal mine in 30 years. After pressure from environmental groups, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and head climate figures, the county council may now be reconsidering the application.  What Does This Mean? Last October Cumbria County Council permitted planning permission for…

Putting a price on our planet: Independent review urges government, business & citizens to value the natural world

What’s Going On Here? In 2019 the UK’s Treasury commissioned The Dasgupta Review: an independent, global review of the Economics of Biodiversity led by world’s leading economist on ecology, economic, growth and development, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta. The landmark review published on Tuesday addresses both concerned citizens (that is you, me, and your neighbour!) and governments to change how we think, act,…