Monthly Archives: January 2020

Which household items create as much air pollution as your car?

What’s Going On Here? Household products like nail varnish, air freshener and detergents could pollute just as much—if not MORE—than vehicles. What Does This Mean? We’re talking about VOCs. As some chemistry buffs may already know, this is not some new millennial slang, but stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs have a high vapour pressure at room temperature, meaning they release “off-gas” in…

Swipe right for climate action – OKCupid adds new ‘green filter’

What’s Going On Here? OkCupid has just launched a new feature allowing users to filter out climate change deniers…environmentalism IS sexy after all! 😍 What Does This Mean? The free dating site recently discovered that people are thinking about climate change when…dating! Their hot research found that:💚 Most daters are really concerned about climate change and are discussing the issue on their dating profiles.💚…

Return To Sender Offenders

What’s Going On Here? It is estimated that up to 50% of the goods we return to retailers are sent to landfill instead of being resold again. But one country has already banned the practice and independent technology platforms are trying to find ways to reduce this. What Does This Mean? Whether it’s because the packing or item is damaged or its out of…

Curious.earth on location in Taiwan

What’s Going On Here? At a time when many of us are trying our best to reduce our environmental footprint, it can be both uplifting, as well as disheartening, to learn about the sustainability efforts of other countries. Some are doing a fantastic job of setting ambitious targets, whilst others appear to be lagging behind. At a global level, Taiwan has performed…

Australia’s Bushfires: A Summary

What’s Going On Here? Australia is suffering its worst bushfire season in living memory causing loss of life and devastation to homes, landscapes, and biodiversity. What Does This Mean? The size of the bushfires is hard to comprehend, with over 10.7 million hectares of land burnt so far – an area larger than the Amazon and Californian bushfires combined. To date 28 people have been killed, over 2,204 houses have been…

More Green and Pleasant Land in 2020?

What’s Going On Here? A former chief scientific adviser to the UK government has said that half the nation’s farmland needs to be transformed into natural habitat to restore wildlife and help fight the climate crisis. What Does This Mean? This idea might seem radical to some but Prof Sir Ian Boyd—who worked at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs…