January 2009

Plankton, pigs and primates

Posted by joelle on Friday, January 30th, 2009

This week’s sustainable news update is brought to you by animals beginning with P.

Weird but true, German engineers are testing out a controversial plan to absorb carbon dioxide by pouring iron into the sea. This ‘sea fertilization’ triggers massive growth in plankton numbers, absorbing significant amounts of CO2. This type of bioengineering sadly may prove [...]

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Optimism, cause and better grocery shopping

Posted by joelle on Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Yes, it’s time for my weekly round up of some of the sustainability stories in the news.

Swelling optimism with the inauguration of a president with the vision and the courage to make a difference. Here’s one highlight from the inauguration speech:

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work [...]

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Posted by louise on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

It’s the 30th annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. It’s a giant bird survey which provides the RSPB with information about what birds are in British gardens – unsurprisingly the blackbird currently tops the list. The results help the RSPB prioritise their conservation work and focus on birds with depleting numbers (house sparrows, starlings and [...]

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BS8901 Register

Posted by andrew on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

It can be difficult to find sustainable suppliers and partners. We’re aiming to help, by sponsoring a new directory site – BS8901 Register. The Register allows sustainable businesses to list their products and services, and we hope it will develop into a one stop shop for organisers looking for sustainable partners in their area. Coming [...]

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Runways, white paint and the carbon cost of a google search: this week’s round up

Posted by joelle on Friday, January 16th, 2009

•    The biggest story this week has been Thursday’s Government announcement that Heathrow’s third run way has got the go-ahead. Despite the three environmental conditions (modern efficient planes, lower capacity than planned, and emissions reduction targets for UK aviation), and a high speed rail link, protestors, opposition parties and the planet are not impressed.
•    Not [...]

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Vegan Monologues Part II

Posted by louise on Thursday, January 15th, 2009

So it’s now been 14 days without an animal product or by-product passing my lips. To be honest it’s been pretty easy so far – an excursion to Wholefoods Market meant I discovered a lot of (expensive) meat and dairy substitutes. I’ve yet to find a decent cheese though, the options are called schmeese, cheesly [...]

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Observer Ethical Awards 2009

Posted by andrew on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

We’re delighted that this year’s Observer Ethical Awards in association with Ecover have now launched. You can vote or nominate for all of your favourite ethical people and products here. We hope the 2009 awards are going to be the best yet, but that relies on you voting.
The winners of the awards will be [...]

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UFOs, lost rivers and lightbulbs: this week’s sustainability news

Posted by joelle on Friday, January 9th, 2009

Hello and happy new year to everyone! As 2009 gets started, so does an increased research focus on sustainability from me, and with it a weekly update on some of the sustainability related stories and innovations that have caught my eye this week. I hope you find it interesting!

Are UFOs attacking Ecotricity wind turbines? Two [...]

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The Vegan Monologues

Posted by louise on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

There’s been a bit of a backlash towards new years resolutions this year, but in my view Jan 1st is the perfect time to start afresh and take up / give up whatever’s been bugging you over recent months. For me it’s been a persistent mooing from those poor male calves who are slaughtered at [...]

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A white Christmas? Nearly!

Posted by claire on Monday, January 5th, 2009

What a great holiday I have had! Two weeks away from work and I’d be lying if it wasn’t a bit of a struggle to get up this morning!
As I looked out my window this morning I see we narrowly missed out on snow at Christmas! A very quick look on Google tells me that [...]

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