News In Brief

By Eco-Age
24.06.19

24th June 2019.

In today’s news; MIT challenges innovators to theorise push to circular economy; Canada announces nationwide ban on import of shark fin; protestors plan siege at British Museum as criticism of BP sponsorship grows.

Fast fashion is on the rampage, with the UK at the head of the charge

One in three young women in Britain consider a garment worn once or twice to be old

The real cost of cheap, fast fashion - to workers and to the planet

Online retailers such as Boohoo and Missguided are booming, but critics say there is a hidden price

Eco-warriors plot siege of Troy exhibition at British Museum

Environmental activists plan to disrupt an exhibition of artefacts from Troy at the British Museum in protest against its sponsorship by BP.Campaigners, who want the museum's trustees to sever ties with the oil giant, are considering occupying galleries or obstructing of entrances during the sho

Calling Innovators To Join The Circular Economy Challenge

Innovators are being invited to enter a Circular Economy Challenge, one of MIT's "Solve" initiatives, as part of a growing push towards products that generate zero waste with minimal environmental impact. Many people would still remember the days when things were made to last, items were mended if they broke, and clothes fashions lasted longer than one season.

Canada Bans Import Of Shark Fin

The issue of shark fin has been a contentious one in the restaurant industry for at least the last decade, as the luxury item has been roundly condemned for its inhumane method of harvesting. This week, Canada has taken the step of banning the import of the item, reportedly making it the first country in the G7 to do so.

Monarch butterflies are dying out. Here's how cities can help.

Planting or allowing a few milkweed plants to grow in residential yards, parks, and empty lots, along roadsides and boulevards, as well as on school, church, and commercial properties, could play a major role in saving North America's iconic monarch butterflies from extinction, a study from Chicago's Field Museum shows.

The Cuyahoga River caught fire 50 years ago. It inspired a movement.

It's a warm late spring day and the rowers, kayakers, and paddleboarders are out in force on the Cuyahoga River. A heron stands motionless along the river's edge under an old railroad bridge, not far from where the river empties into Lake Erie. Restaurants and bars line the banks.

How We Can Protect Our Wandering Sharks

Conservation of our natural world has never been so important; in fact, the environmental journalist John Vidal called biodiversity loss a " crisis even bigger than climate change." Thirty-one percent of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Uplifting News 

Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little motivation

Sadiq Khan announces car-free day in London to tackle air pollution

Event will take place on 22 September across 18 boroughs, with road closures and events

Vermont adopts the most comprehensive plastics ban in U.S.

Vermont has joined the growing list of states swearing off single-use plastics by adopting the nation's broadest restrictions yet on shopping bags, straws, drink stirrers, and foam food packaging. The new law, which takes effect in July 2020, prohibits retailers and restaurants from providing customers with single-use carryout bags, plastic stirrers, or cups, takeout, or other food containers made from expanded polystyrene.

UK citizens' assembly on climate emergency announced

MPs launch assembly plan but environmental activists say its conclusions must be binding

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