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There’s not mushroom in our net zero goals for concrete – revolutionising the construction industry with mycelium bricks

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There’s always going to be a need for construction, whether that’s homes, hospitals or offices. But, the environmental impacts of construction materials such as concrete are alarming. It’s time for the construction industry to be revolutionised to keep up with global targets of reducing emissions. This is a realistic goal too, as alternative sustainable materials already exist.  Creating mush-less-room for concrete  So,…

12 water saving tips to benefit your bank account and the environment

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Climate change and extreme weather are leading to an unpredictable water supply. The climate emergency is one of the biggest causes of water shortages and it’s only expected to put more pressure on water supplies in future. This summer, this has been only too obvious, with droughts being experienced around the world. Here in the UK, hosepipe bans have been enforced in…

Agroforestry: the future of farming?

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Agroforestry isn’t a new phenomenon; Indigenous peoples have been practising it for thousands of years, but it’s now gaining popularity across the globe. What is agroforestry?  Agroforestry is a land management approach in which trees are grown on the same area of land as crops or pasture. There are many types of agroforestry, but the two most common approaches are:  1. Silvopastoral…

3 ways that fungi could help us combat our waste and climate crises

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From plastic waste to intensive fossil-fuel practices polluting natural environments, we humans have created a lot of mess on our planet. Innovative scientific research has been experimenting with fungi as a potential method of cleaning up our waste. Specifically, mycelium has the potential to help us eat-away at some of the waste we’re leaving behind.   What is mycelium?  Mycelium is essentially the…

Extreme weather events and climate change: a look back at 2021

Scene of a wildfire on a hill at night. Houses are visible on the hillside. The sky is filled with an orange glow from the flames and smoke.

Almost all of us will have seen the many news articles throughout 2021 about extreme weather events. From record breaking high temperatures resulting in wildfires to unexpected summer rain leading to flooding, the continuous stream of “unprecedented” weather events felt relentless.  Unfortunately, this is the new normal – extreme weather events will increase in frequency, severity and impact in coming years due…