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By Eco-Age
14.12.18

14th December 2018

Environment 

Tourists and anglers get blame as shark population plummets
The cry of “shark” can clear the shallows of any Australian beach in minutes as swimmers scramble for safety all too aware of a steep rise in attacks over the past decade
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Africa’s wild horses on the brink of extinction
Africa’s only population of wild horses is facing extinction after surviving more than a century in the unforgiving conditions of the world’s oldest desert
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Call global warming ‘global heating’ says expert
“Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes taking place to the world’s climate.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

The uplifting story of cranes’ return from brink of extinction
The common crane has enjoyed its best year in the UK since the 17th century after a breeding programme nursed the birds back into the wild.
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

Air pollution lower for cyclists than car users on commute into city
Cyclists suffer the least exposure to air pollution in commutes into a congested city centre.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

John Kerry: Forget Trump. We All Must Act on Climate Change
If we fail, it won’t be just the president’s fault.
Read the full story on the nytimes.com

Carmakers face threat of emissions crackdown after diesel ruling
The EU’s decision to relax diesel emission rules two years ago was illegal, a lower court of the European Court of Justice has ruled, in a move that could lead to tighter requirements on carmakers to produce cleaner vehicles.
Read the full story on the ft.com

Fashion

Stella McCartney’s partnership with The RealReal continues into 2019
Luxury second hand marketplace The RealReal has extended its partnership with Stella McCartney, in yet another move to promote sustainable fashion on the part of McCartney’s brand.
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

 

13th December 2018

Environment 

National Trust ‘farming hero’ faces animal health charges
A British shepherd who “absolutely stood out” among international competition to win the tenancy of a National Trust farm has appeared in court under the Animal Health act
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

Dam threatens Unesco wildlife refuge
One of Africa’s last wilderness areas is at risk of “devastating and irreversible” damage from a plan to dam the region’s biggest river and build a £2.4 billion hydroelectric power station
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

EU’s climate pledge as UN chief says: ‘We’re running out of time’
The EU and many developing nations have pledged to toughen their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming
Read the full story on theguardian.com

‘Young people need to see the buffalo’ Can Native Americans save a species?
On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis
Facing a consumer backlash and stricter regulation, companies are trying to do what’s eluded them for years: make a better bottle
Read the full story on wsj.com

Can Blockchain Technology Make Agriculture Safer?
Most of what we’ve heard about blockchain technology has been in the realm of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
Read the full story on forbes.com

Social Justice 

Brazil: same-sex couples rush to the altar ahead of Bolsonaro inauguration
Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who will be the country’s next president, has called himself a ‘proud homophobe’
Read the full story on theguardian.com
 
Helena Christensen Meets The Models Changing Stereotypes In A Rwandan Refugee Camp
Helena Christensen, a longtime supporter of the UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency, recently visited the Mahama camp in Rwanda to meet refugees who have fled violence and persecution in Burundi. 
Read the full story on vogue.co.uk

Health 

A teenager’s struggle to quit e-cigarettes
Alluring devices may wean smokers, but flavours can lure youth into addiction
Read the full story on nytimes.com

 

12th December 2018

Sadiq Khan declares ‘climate emergency’ in the capital
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the government to do more to avert what he warned was an existential threat to future generations.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

US to weaken pollution protection for waterways
The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Sustainability, wellness driving social conversations in 2018
Consumers’ shared desire to incorporate healthfulness and eco-friendliness into their lives is evidenced in the topics they talk about on social media, with subjects such as clean beauty and freeganism rising in popularity this past year.
Read the full story on luxurydaily.com

Illegal mining in Amazon rainforest has become an 'epidemic'
Campaigners release map showing scale of pollution and damage to environment caused by small-scale miners.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

The big thaw: Artist brings fjord ice to Britain to highlight warming
Olafur Eliasson is putting the chill into climate change.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Dozens of Big Four partners forced out over bullying and sexual misconduct
The Big Four accounting firms have revealed that dozens of UK partners have been forced out of their jobs for inappropriate behaviour, including bullying and sexual harassment.
Read the full story on ft.com

Blessed are the trans: worshippers invited to celebrate new identity
Transgender people can receive God’s blessing under their new identity after the Church of England told priests to offer “celebratory” services to mark their transition.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Wellness's diversity and accessibility problem is finally being upended 
In an industry that's been dominated by whiteness and cost-prohibitive prices, it's time to change the narrative.
Read the full story on fashionista.com

The most polluted place on earth
Northern India is home to the 10 most polluted cities in the world, while as few as 9m of the country’s 1.3bn people are breathing air within WHO safety limits. How can the Modi government fix this ‘silent crisis’?
Read the full story on ig.ft.com

Train of thought led to green business hub
London Bridge is not the kind of hectic, inner-city spot where you’d expect to find an agricultural business, but it’s there.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Bangladesh Accord debate rumbles on amid claims of Government meddling
The Bangladesh government has been accused of trying to water down the Bangladesh Accord by attempting to impose restrictive constraints that strip it of its independence. After this week’s Supreme Court hearing on the Accord’s continuation was once again adjourned, it has been claimed the government has now stated that the Accord should only be allowed to continue operations in Bangladesh under constraints which strip the safety initiative of its ability to “operate independently of government and employer control.”
Read the full story on apparelinsider.com

11th December 2018

Fashion

How to Build a Sustainable Brand Like Patagonia on a Budget 
For small and medium-sized fashion brands, implementing a sustainability programme that works can be a challenge. BoF boils down four tips to help get any business get started.
Read the full story on businessoffashion.com

Fashion giants sign UN charter to fight climate change. Will it work?
Can the biggest players in the fashion industry unite to stop global warming? The United Nations thinks so.
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Fashion climate initiative launches in Poland's coal hub 
Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, over forty leading apparel brands, suppliers and supporting organisations have today launched the ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’ at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) – which is being held in a town at the very heart of Poland’s large coal industry.
Read the full story on ecotextile.com

Bangladesh Accord appeal delayed again
In Bangladesh, the Supreme Court has now extended the tenure of Bangladesh Accord until December 17 following a decision today. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after today’s hearing, according to local reports. The court fixed December 17 for further hearing on the issue.
Read the full story on apparelinsider.com

Social Justice

Men are still winning 75% of new jobs in boardroom, research finds
Three-quarters of boardroom appointments are still going to men, according to new research that suggests gender parity will “never be reached” at the top of the world’s biggest companies
Read the full story on ft.com

Diversity on magazine covers increased by a record double-digit percentage in 2018
We reviewed 128 covers from nine leading U.S. fashion publications, and all but two titles — which remained stagnant — saw distinct improvement as compared to years past.
Read the full story on fashionista.com
 
Four in five UK Jews say politics has an antisemitism problem
Four out of five Jews in the UK believe antisemitism is a serious problem in British politics, and nearly a third are considering leaving Britain because of safety fears
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Environment

Former Dyson designer turns waste into a £1.2m business
Ashortwalk founder Daniel Dicker aimes to live and work on the Cornish coast and to use recycled materials
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

What is behind the spread of a mysterious allergy to meat?
Thousands of people are developing life-threatening reactions to animal products – and a single tiny creature is to blame
Read the full story on theguardian.com

China must calibrate overseas lending towards Paris climate goals
Beijing’s Belt and Road projects are heavily dependent on fossil fuels
Read the full story on ft.com

‘Zombie’ bacteria hint life began deep underground
Planet bursting with ‘awe-inspiring’ life forms that take up twice volume of all the world’s oceans
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

10th December 2018

Social Justice

Malaysian factories making NHS rubber gloves accused of using forced labour
Major suppliers to the health serve allegedly exploit Bangladeshi and Nepalese workers, withhold pay and confiscate passports
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Climate change is firing up middle-class activism
In the past 10 days, two friends of mine on opposite sides of the world have both done something I have never seen either do before. 
Read the full story on ft.com

Britain’s long tradition of respect for human rights is under threat
From Magna Carta to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed 70 years ago, we have been a beacon of hope. But how true is that now
Read the full story on theguardian.com


Sustainable Fashion 

Can Transparency Solve the Consumer Trust Deficit?
Unless fashion brands adopt best practices from outside the industry and improve supply chain transparency from within, consumers may begin to wonder what they have to hide. 
Read the full story on businessoffashion.com

Mara Hoffman Teams Up With The Renewal Workshop to Advance Circularity 
Mara Hoffman turned its New York City office into a hub of sustainable shopping Thursday.
Read the full story on sourcingjournal.com

Bestseller partners with Fashion for Good
International fashion house Bestseller has entered a strategic partnership with Dutch initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) as the pair look to drive the mass fashion market’s adoption of sustainable, circular technologies.
Read the full story on ecotextile.com 

​​​Stella McCartney, Burberry Among Brands to Address Climate Change
Designers and brands are coming together to address climate change with the launch of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, formed as part of the U.N. Climate Change initiative.
Read the full story on wwd.com and cnn.com

Environment 

Bananas grown without soil to halt killer disease
The world’s first crop of bananas grown without soil is due to be harvested this week by Chiquita Brands International and Wageningen University, part of an effort to stem the spread of a deadly fungus which threatens the future of the fruit
Read the full story on ft.com

Heavy industries get serious about emissions
Global groups are embracing climate change targets before government action forces them to clean up their act
Read the full story on ft.com

Pollution fee will be mayor’s ‘poll tax’
The ultra-low emission zone being introduced in London next year could be the “poll tax” moment for the mayor, Sadiq Khan, opponents have warned
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Foul air blamed for one in eight of India’s deaths
A study of pollution in India has underlined the scale of the country’s public health crisis as it struggles to tackle the dirtiest air on the planet
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

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