Monthly Archives: May 2019

Your rubbish? Your problem! Malaysia to return tonnes of imported waste to the West

What’s Going On Here? On Tuesday, Malaysia announced it is to send back over 3,000 metric tonnes of contaminated plastic imported waste to countries including the UK, US, Canada and Australia. What Does This Mean? After China banned the import of plastic waste in 2017, other countries began to take the brunt of our waste problem. Since then, rubbish has accumulated across the Philippines, Indonesia,…

Where the wild things are: how rewilding could help tackle the climate crisis

What’s Going On Here? Last week Rewilding Britain published a plan calling for a quarter of the UK to be ‘rewilded’ to help tackle the climate crisis. How? By redirecting billions of pounds from farm subsidies towards restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas – thus bringing both health benefits to us and the planet. What Does This Mean? Each year the UK…

Your Future Trolley: Food From Space with a Side of Jellyfish

What’s Going On Here? The Future of Food Report, produced by Sainsbury’s, has predicted what we’re going to be growing, buying and eating in the future. Futurologists and plant scientists used consumer trends, scientific studies and took into account our growing environmental consciousness in consumer behaviour. What Does This Mean? There are some pretty ‘Black Mirror’ sounding ideas, like using A.I. to prescribe…

Say Hi to ‘CliFi’ – the rising popularity of a new storytelling genre

What’s Going On Here? Climate Fiction (CliFi for short) is becoming an increasing popular creative medium to help us (the public) to understand climate change, and how it could impact our lives in the future. What Does This Mean? CliFi includes books, films, art and radio programmes that explore how changes in our environment (due to climate change) could impact human society and individuals…

The vegan food offering making Wall Street traders drool

What’s Going On Here? Plant-based meat company Beyond Meat, creators of the Beyond Burger, went public on Thursday 2nd May sending Wall Street into a feeding frenzy with its first stock trade at 84% above its IPO. What Does This Mean? Ethan Brown, vegan tech entrepreneur (let’s hope that’s his tinder bio strapline), who set up Beyond Meat back in 2009, received early…

UN report shows 1 million species at risk of extinction

What’s Going On Here? A report published by the UN studying the human impact on nature, has highlighted the significant importance of biodiversity to the health of the planet, with 1 in 4 species at risk of becoming extinct within decades. What, Yet Another Report? Yes, but…this isn’t just another report, and is being described as ‘the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.’…

‘Biodegradable’ plastic bags not all they’re cracked up to be

What’s Going On Here? Scientists at the University of Plymouth have found biodegradable plastic bags aren’t as biodegradable as they’re supposed to be. The finding supports curious.earth concerns that ‘biodegradable’ labelling is misleading consumers and validating single use consumption. What Does This Mean? Biodegradable plastics can be broken down by living organisms… but as the study shows it may take a rather long time…