News In Brief

By Eco-Age
01.07.19

Your daily round up of eco news stories from around the world.

Fashion

H&M and Gucci Lead Most Transparent Fashion Brands-Here's Why

H&M, C&A, Adidas, Esprit, Marks & Spencer and Patagonia are the most transparent clothing companies on the high street, according to an annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest brands and retailers based on publicly disclosed social policies. Published by grassroots group Fashion Revolution, the fifth Fashion Transparency Index also lists Gucci as leading...

The Garment Worker Crisis In Bangladesh Proves A 'Buy Less, Buy Better' Approach Is The Only Way Forward

The coronavirus lockdown has decimated the retail business - but it is even more disastrous for workers further down the supply chain in garment-producing countries with no social safety net. It doesn't have to be this way, says Dana Thomas.

Cheap fashion is costing the Earth, scientists warn

Cut-price clothes are anything but cheap - at least when it comes to the environment. A study has totted up the hidden costs of fast fashion, an industry that the authors said after two decades of growth was the largest industrial polluter after aviation.

Retailers Write Letter to Italy's Government for Support in COVID-19 Crisis

MILAN - On Monday evening, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a new "firepower" decree that would provide immediate cash for 400 billion euros to Italian companies of all sizes, of which 200 billion euros will support exports, defining it as "the most important intervention in the history of the country" in terms of economic aid.

The State of Fashion 2020 Coronavirus Update

Faced with a 27 to 30 percent contraction in global revenues, fashion is currently focused on crisis management and contingency planning, but eventually we must shift towards re-imagining our industry altogether. The Coronavirus Update to The State of Fashion 2020 outlines where we must focus once the dust settles.

Short Takes: Copenhagen Fashion Summit's New Theme and Other Event Reworks

This week in sustainability, events and themes are reworked in the wake of coronavirus, spurring special changes for sustainability-themed organizers. COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT: The annual sustainable fashion summit, which was postponed due to the coronavirus, has set Oct. 12 to 13 as the new dates and an updated theme: "Redesigning Value."

The Queen and Meghan Markle are officially(!) the world's biggest sustainable fashion influencers right now

While we may all look to the Duchess of Cambridge as one of the most stylish women in the British monarchy, it seems she may not be alone. In fact, when it comes to the concept of conscious fashion in particular, it is Meghan Markle and the Queen that have officially landed themselves an extra title; that of an 'influencer'.

Social Justice

Bangladesh's New Generation Of Women-Led Labor Unions Confronts The Pandemic

What are you wearing? There's a pretty good chance that the shirt on your back or the pants in your closet were produced in Bangladesh, whose garment factories supply many of the world's most popular clothing brands-H&M, Zara, Gap, Walmart, and others.

Environment

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030

The number of people harmed by floods will double worldwide by 2030, according to a new analysis. The World Resources Institute, a global research group, found that 147 million people will be hit by floods from rivers and coasts annually by the end of the decade, compared with 72 million people just 10 years ago.

Microplastics found for first time in Antarctic ice where krill source food

Small pieces of plastic have been detected in sea ice in Antarctica for what scientists believe is the first time. Microplastics have previously been discovered in Antarctica's surface waters, sediment and in snow, but the new discovery could mean the region's krill - which feed on algae from sea ice - may be more exposed to the plastic.

Ice-free Arctic summers now very likely even with climate action

The loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic is now very likely before 2050, new research shows, even if the carbon emissions driving the climate crisis are cut rapidly. The result has alarmed scientists but they said slashing greenhouse gases remained vital as this would determine whether Arctic summer ice vanished permanently or could recover over time.

Record-size hole opens in ozone layer above the Arctic

A rare hole has opened up in the ozone layer above the Arctic, in what scientists say is the result of unusually low temperatures in the atmosphere above the north pole. The hole, which has been tracked from space and the ground over the past few days, has reached record dimensions, but is not expected to pose any danger to humans unless it moves further south.

Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds

Air pollution is linked to significantly higher rates of death in people with Covid-19, according to new analysis. The work shows that even a tiny, single-unit increase in particle pollution levels in the years before the pandemic is associated with a 15% increase in the death rate.

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief

The United Nations' biodiversity chief has called for a global ban on wildlife markets - such as the one in Wuhan, China, believed to be the starting point of the coronavirus outbreak - to prevent future pandemics.

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