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Sustainable Fashion ?

The fashion and textile industry is not currently sustainable: while it contributes ~1 ~ 1.5% of global GDP, it also produces about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  How will this change ? The report below delves into what drives the progress towards...

CO2 emissions: Transport

Road travel produces ~15% of global CO2 emissions, while aviation’s part is about ~2.5%. We may lower the first with new technologies, the latter is more complicated …

Digital skills online autumn camps for girls

Empowerment Lab’s online autumn courses offer girls the opportunity to discover the skills behind 3D animation, virtual design or mobile app creation. Explore technology by producing great designs, animations, games and visual data sets.

Climate Migration to Reshape America

Great migration will be caused by climate change. in America alone, 13 million coud be displaced by rising sea levels; heat, drought and other consequences of changing climate will force more to move.

Greenhouse Gases: Sources

To prevent global warming and climate change, greenhouse gasses must be reduced – discover here what their sources are.

The epidemic provides a chance to do good by the climate

The world has paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic – with a resulting decrease in carbon emissions. Will a reboot of the economy be green or brown ?

Can Covid help flatten the climate curve ?

What if covid does not merely knock back consumption, energy use, particularly fossil fuels, CO2 emissions, but reshapes the notion of “normal” and our return to it ?

Viruses’ impacts on us

A tenth of the human genome is viral in origin, but viruses “kill more living things than any other type of predator”.
A virus is a curious thing – are viruses living or not ? Are they benefactors or protagonists ?

Scientists’ warning on affluence

The world’s richest citizens are responsible for most environmental impacts: for the environment, “we can’t afford to be rich”.

Climate Change – a video to help us all understand it

In the year 2019 we pumped out about 37 billion tonnes of carbonb dioxide, 50% more than the year 2000 and almost three times as much as 50 years ago.
Who’s responsible and who needs To fix It?

Needed: economies which thrive whether or not they grow – Kate Raworth

We need economies to thrive, whether or not they need to grow.

Nosy Crow’s book for children on the Coronavirus

A book from Nosey Crow. with understandable & clear explanations for kids 5-10 years about the coronavirus and its effects.

Coronavirus and Climate Change

Deep Background discusses with Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature” warning of climate change in 1990, how the Covid-19 pandemic could further activists of the climate crisis. Listen to the podcast here.

Stop Ecocide

Were it a crime to destroy ecosystems, it would be much easier to protect animals from antelope to zebras, rivers from the Amazon to the Zhujiang, rainforests and oceans – such a law is being readied .. .

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

“All-plant” bottles have the support of Carlsberg, Coca-Cola and Danone to face environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and reduce the companies’ reliance on fossil fuels.

In rememberance of Princes Sadruddin and Aly Salomone Aga Khan

Today, 12 May 2020, we remember two Princes Aga Khan: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, former UN High commissioner for Refugees, and Prince Aly Salomone Aga Khan, former Vice President of the UN General Assembly – and the importance of their heritage.

Fighting For Global Access To Covid-19 Vaccines And Treatment

Adopt a declaration of Rights of Mother Earth

Sign this petition asking the UN to recognize the rights of Mother Earth/Nature alongside human rights.

Earth Day at 50 – what the environmental holiday means today

Earth-Day: a half a century of this environmental holiday, and what it means today.

Epping Forest

The environment’s heart beat of Epping Forest, over 3000 years old, it’s amazing ability to regenerate, multiply and sustain biodiversity …

A plan for Earth’s recovery after Covid-19

Demand a plan for the recovery of the planet: sign the petition for G20 to adopt the Club of Rome’s proposed post-Covid-19 global economic recovery plan.

Relance pour la planète

Exigeons un plan de relance pour la planète : signer la pétition adressée au G20. Adoptez la proposition de plan mondial de relance économique post Covid-19 du Club de Rome. Nous devons protéger la planète et construire notre résilience face aux futures crises....

Adopter une déclaration des droits de la Terre Mère

Signer la pétition ddemandant l’ONU d’adopter une déclaration des droits de la Terre Mère pour compléter la Déclaration des droits de l’Homme.

What Comes After Fossil Fuels ?

What oil companies will have to pay in Europe to decommission old wells amounts to half of their reported debt obligations. These are significant.

Perils of Groundwater Pumping

Groundwater is the most extracted mineral in the world. It’s essential for farming, drinking and industry, some countries rely on it for 100% of their needs. But it comes with a price and a risk …

Greenhouse gas emissions from food

Reducing emissions from food production will be one of our greatest challenges in the coming decades. Knowing the sources of emission, we can think about solutions, which exist …

450 Youth Leaders Converge for Climate Awareness in Lausanne, Switzerland

The Lausanne conference on Climate Awarness – 37 countries and Greta Thunburg.

Halte aux déchets plastiques au paradis!

🇨🇭🇳🇴🇺🇳 Signez la pétition pour halter les gouvernements occidentaux qui déversent des millions de tonnes de plastique sur les côtes de pays en développement au lieu de les recycler!

Le flupyradifurone, un néonicotinoïde qui tue les abeilles

🇪🇺🇫🇷 Pour la troisième fois récemment un pesticide tueur d’abeilles avéré, le flupyradifurone, un néonicotinoïde caché, est autorisé par la Commission européenne sur tout le territoire de l’Union. Signez la pétition pour finir pour de bon avec tous ces tueurs d’abeilles autorisés dans nos champs !

Earth Trusteeship

Earth Trusteeship Platform gathered 22, 23 June 2018 in The Hague to discuss its initiative, “The Hague Principles for a Universal Declaration on Responsibilities for Human Rights and Earth Trusteeship”.

Polly Higgins, a lawyer for earth

“Ecocide is a missing atrocity crime of corporate and State responsibility, a missing international crime against peace.” So declares Polly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement. April 21 2019 this towering defender of Earth died, aged 50.

Sortir du Nucléaire

🇫🇷 Signez la pétition adressée au gouvernement d’Emmanuel Macron d’arrêter l’ensemble du parc nucléaire français.

Solutions to reducing plastic pollution in the oceans

We humans dump more than 8 million tons of plastic into the oceans each year – see what some people are dong about it …

Greta Thunberg – school striking for action against climate change

The call to action, by Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate activist. “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change” says Thunberg.


Desertification threatens a third of world’s land.  Read how afforestation is a solution to it … 

The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond

Half a degree makes a very big difference when judging how different parts of the world will feel the effects of climate change.

Temperature anomaly

Variation of 192 countries from their long-term averages, from 1880 – 2017.
By Antti Lipponen, the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

A map of global cumulative CO2 emissions over time

Share of CO2 emissions around the world over the years, from 1751 – 2016.

Grève du climat 15 mars 2019

On ne lâche rien ! Une nouvelle grève est annoncée pour le vendredi 15 mars – dans une soixantaine de pays, et bien sûr en Suisse …

What makes your country wealthy?

🇬🇧Leaders from business, politics and NGOs respond to the question, have we been getting “wealth” wrong all these years?  Watch a recording of the televised debate, 9 January 2019, 17:00 CET.

Average temperatures have risen by ~0.8°C. By 2040 1.5°C will be reached …

IPCC report on global warming finds severe effects of waming at even 1.5°C rise of temperature.

Rising waters

Rising seas and oceans menace coastal communities from southern USA to southeastern Asia …

Carbon clock: tic toc, tic toc …

The carbon clock shows how little time is left before the 1.5°C (2.7°F) or 2°C (3.6°F) target is reached.

System 001 Launched

The first of a fleet intended to clean the ocean of plastic garbage takes to the seas.

Plastic roads

India produces 15 kT of plastic waste daily. Some of that is now being put to use in road construction: cheaper, stronger, more resistant roads, less waste. A frugal solution…

SSES Annual Congress 2019 on Sustainable Development

Save the Date – The Annual Congress 2019 of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) will be held at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June 2019.

Social Sustainability & Climate Resilience: What about the people?

This book looks at the role of urban planning and community involvement to promote positive behaviour and mind-sets that boost social sustainability and resilience to climate change and natural disasters. A free look at it.

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised.

This short article reviews the possible causes of widespread obesity. It refutes much ‘conventional wisdom’ and puts the blame squarely on sugar and the food industry.

Tracking the SDGs

How are we doing in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ? See the SDG Tracker which shows data for all indicators from the Our World in Data database

Is the world is going in the right direction ?

Oxford economist Max Roser, shares three facts that everyone should know.



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