Author page: Al Genova

Can concrete really be sustainable?

What’s Going On Here? Concrete – which has been called the most destructive material on Earth – is getting a green makeover… What Does This Mean? Concrete companies around the world are working to create a lower emission material that will be less harmful to the planet. Pioneering experiments include injecting carbon dioxide into the concrete to lock it in and keep the greenhouse gas out…

Lockdown Lifts, But Nature Takes a Hit

What’s Going On Here? As lockdown eases and the weather gets warmer, thousands of Brits have been enjoying the great outdoors (hilarious tan-lines ahoy!) – but at what cost to nature? What Does This Mean? Crowds of people have been gathering in public spaces since lockdown measures were eased across the UK. But the loosening of restrictions has meant that large parts…

Why Covid-19 might spell the end of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s animal welfare atrocities

What’s Going On Here? High profile supporters and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, have said its future is untenable if it continues to rely on the trade of endangered animals, which has been pointed to as a likely source of Covid-19. What Does This Mean? TCM is an ancient system of health and wellness that’s been used in…

Governments face big decisions over airline bailouts with opposition from activists

What’s Going On Here? The Covid-19 crisis has cost the aviation industry $880 billion worldwide. But as governments scramble to bailout airlines, environmental campaigners are asking for strict conditions on the industry’s future climate impact before taxpayer’s money is handed out. What Does This Mean? Aviation has all but ceased in many countries (follow this dramatic decline in air traffic is being…

Women Most Vulnerable in Climate Chaos

What’s Going On Here? As International Women’s Day is marked this month, women are being celebrated for the incredible impact they have had in the fight against climate chaos. But attention has also been drawn to the fact that women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. What Does This Mean? International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to…

Ashes to Ashes or Body to Soil?

What’s Going On Here? We all know the benefits of food composting but have you ever considered composting yourself? Sounds morbid right? It is…but it could also be highly beneficial for the environment. What Does This Mean? You may remember we wrote about water cremation last summer, and it seems alternative burials are on the rise. A pilot project carried out by…

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…

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…