Author page: Paul Davies

Are tea-bags undoing your food waste efforts?

What’s Going On Here? Microplastics are making their way from our food bins and into our food chain. These non-biodegradable fragments have been found in organic fertilisers applied to farmland. Could a simple cuppa be to blame? What Does This Mean? If we dispose of food waste, it goes to landfill (definitely not cool). But if we recycle it in food waste bins, it is…

Blockchain start-up tackling global food waste

What’s Going On Here? A blockchain start-up, INS Ecosystem, has announced its ambitious intentions to reinvent the food industry. It aims to decentralise the grocery market by connecting producers directly to consumers using blockchain technology. What Does This Mean? One problem is waste. Supermarkets are built around avoiding stock shortages, not avoiding waste. This means that in countries like the UK retailers oversupply and waste…

UK government announces plans for plastic bottle & can deposit scheme

What’s Going On Here? On Tuesday the UK government announced that it is implementing a drinks bottle and can deposit scheme, in which consumers pay more for single-use drinking vessels but can recoup that money. In theory, consumers would put bottles and cans in ‘Reverse Vending Machines’ in supermarkets and receive their deposit back, forming a tighter closed-loop recycling process What Does This…

Will Water Ever Be Worth More Than Oil?

What’s Going On Here? Could water, one of the world’s most abundant resources, ever be more expensive than one of its rarest, oil? The short answer: Yes, it already is. The average price of unleaded petrol in the UK is around £1.20 per litre. With the average price of bottled water at a petrol station (gas-station if you’re ????????) being around £2 per…

Fast Fashion: The Hidden Cost of Cheap Clothing

What’s Going On Here? Every year over 150 billion items of clothing are manufactured. The demand for cheap clothes is killing the environment and the people that live ​around the factories that produce them. It’s not just flared jeans and budgie-smugglers that cause a problem. What Does This Mean? Cheap and ‘fast fashion’ causes tight turnarounds. Some factories follow the rules, whilst others take…

Tesla of the skies: Easyjet Working on Cheap Electric Flights!

What’s Going On Here? Aviation giant Easyjet, have announced that they are partnering with European startup Wright Electric, aiming to create cheap electric flights by 2027. What Does This Mean? The year-old startup, Wright Electric, who have recently been funded by world-class technology incubator Y Combinator, is partnering alongside Easyjet with the dream to create the world’s first fully electric passenger aircraft. “Easyjet has had discussions…

Coral Bleaching Claimed as ‘Fake News’

What’s Going On Here? A British journalist, James Delingpole, has denounced to the world that news regarding bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef was “just a fake news lie designed to promote the climate alarmist agenda.” What Does This Mean? Reacting badly to an article in the Washington Post entitled “Humans are killing the Great Barrier Reef…” James Delingpole hit out at…

11 Million Acres of Park Created in Chile

What’s Going On Here? The Tompkins Foundation and the Chilean government combined forces to expand national parkland in Chile by over 11 million acres (4.45 million hectares). What Does It Mean? The Tompkins Foundation was set up by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins (former CEO of Patagonia clothing) and her late husband Doug McDivitt (co-founder of North Face and Espirit). During the 1990’s, the Tompkins Foundation…