George Monbiot: We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of Capitalist System This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: While Houston continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we look at the media silence on the human contribution to it. Our next guest writes that despite 2016 being the hottest year on record, with several climate-related disasters in the U.S. alone, the combined coverage during the evening and Sunday news programs on the main television networks amounted to a total of 50 minutes in all of last year. The silence has been even more resounding on climate-related disasters in areas of the world where populations are more vulnerable, most recently on the devastating floods across the globe, from Niger to South Asia. AMY GOODMAN: Over the past month, more than 1,200 people have died in flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and India. We go now to Oxford in Britain to speak to George Monbiot. George Monbiot, welcome back to Democracy Now! GEORGE MONBIOT: I would say you cannot not link it.
Invisibles - Multimedia | Orb It is everywhere: the most enduring, insidious, and intimate product in the world. From the soles of your shoes to the contact lenses in your eyes, the phone in your pocket to the food in your refrigerator, the evidence is unmistakable: We are living in The Plastic Age. Plastic frees us, improving daily life in almost uncountable ways. And plastic imprisons us in waste and microscopic pollution. Recent studies have shown the shocking extent of plastics in the world’s oceans and lakes. In the first public scientific study of its kind, we found previously unknown plastic contamination in the tap water of cities around the world. Microscopic plastic fibers are flowing out of taps from New York to New Delhi, according to exclusive research by Orb and a researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. More than 80 percent of the samples we collected on five continents tested positive for the presence of plastic fibers. Why should you care? It gets worse.
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Selfridges launches new sustainability campaign 'Material World' Vivian Hendriksz British department store group Selfridges has launched a new sustainability campaign which aims to increase consumer awareness concerning the materials they wear and the effect they have on the local and global environments and communities. The campaign, named Material World sees the department shine a light on new, sustainable materials and production methods for textile development. The initiative sees Selfridges working with a number of sustainable fashion brands to examine the use of eight different fabrics - wool, cotton, leather, denim, plastic, viscose, linen and other luxury fibres - and how they can be produced in a less damaging way. For example, one window is dedicated to British brand Le Kilt, which uses organic British wool to help preserve traditional weaving skills while supporting local communities. Photos: Courtesy of Selfridges
Alison Teal's Powerful Message on Plastics | The Inertia Alison Teal, TV star and eco-adventurer filmmaker, recently traveled to Indonesia to work with the conservation group Orca365 and was stunned to see how the global plastic epidemic is impacting some of the world’s most naturally beautiful locales. “Growing up and working in places like Bali, the Maldives, Mexico, and Hawaii, I’ve watched plastic pollution plague these pristine places,” she told The Inertia. The short clip above is just a fraction of what Teal observed on her trip but it also proffers a few strategies that anyone and everyone can incorporate into their daily lives to wean off of single-use plastics. Advertisement This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630) “While positive efforts are being made by organizations and local villagers, I am scared that our planet is close to being completely suffocated by plastic,” said Teal. To be clear, plastic pollution isn’t just an issue in Indonesia, it’s a global epidemic. “The time to act is now,” said Teal.
I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist ExxonMobil's deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigativereports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that was not only accurate, but that was being used to plan for the company's future. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now, a peer-reviewed study published August 23 has confirmed that what Exxon was saying internally about climate change was quantitatively very different from their public statements. The stark contrast between internally discussing cutting-edge climate research while externally conducting a climate disinformation campaign is enough to blow many minds. I have a unique perspective – because I was there. Climate research at Exxon Did Exxon have an agenda for our research? Personal decisions
Break Room Sydney | Smash Brothers Selfridgesâ Sustainability Campaign: Material World British department store Selfridges has unveiled a new sustainability campaign that aims to raise awareness of the impact of fashion materials on global communities and environments. Material World highlights sustainable brands, materials and production methods for textile development. The initiative focuses on eight different fabrics – wool, cotton, leather, linen, plastic, denim, cashmere and viscose. Selfridges has picked out eight key fashion brands that are championing sustainable material production and responsibly made collections. Brands include British label Le Kilt, which uses organic British wool to preserve traditional skills and support local communities; and Amsterdam’s Dick Moby, which helps to reduce pollution by making eyewear out of recycled or bio-plastics. A rising awareness of material origins is spurring designers to re-evaluate material waste and off-cuts to remake raw materials. Selfridges’ Material World campaign runs until March 2017.
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Greenland: how rapid climate change on world’s largest island will affect us all The largest wildfire ever recorded in Greenland was recently spotted close to the west coast town of Sisimiut, not far from Disko Island where I research retreating glaciers. The fire has captured public and scientific interest not just because its size and location came as a surprise, but also because it is yet another signpost of deep environmental change in the Arctic. Greenland is an important cog in the global climate system. The ice sheet which covers 80% of the island reflects so much of the sun’s energy back into space that it moderates temperatures through what is known as the “albedo effect”. And since it occupies a strategic position in the North Atlantic, its meltwater tempers ocean circulation patterns. But Greenland is especially vulnerable to climate change, as Arctic air temperatures are currently rising at twice the global average rate. Despite its size, the fire itself represents only a snapshot of Greenland’s fire history. The ice sheet is melting Permafrost is thawing
Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals Should you let AI help you pick your roommates? Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30 million Series B funding round less than a year after a $10 million Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating with its target millennial(ish) “Generation Rent” demographic as they hunt for their next flatmate. The 2015-founded startup has now raised circa $45 million in total, while its platform has passed 12 million rental requests. It currently offers a service in key cities in four European markets: Spain, France, Italy and the U.K. The business was set up to respond to the rising trend of urban living (and indeed tourism) that’s been driving rents and squeezing more people into shared houses to try to make city living affordable. Badi CEO and founder Carlos Pierre points to estimates that by 2050 the total population living in cities will increase from 54 percent to 66 percent. The Series B is led by U.S.
Selfridges continues its Project Ocean campaign - Retail Focus - Retail Blog For Interior Design and Visual Merchandising Details Created on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:45 11 Aug Written by Lyndsey Dennis In its fifth year, Selfridges' Project Ocean retail activism campaign commits to raising awareness of the danger plastic poses to the world's oceans and commits to removing all single use plastic water bottles from its foodhalls and restaurants. Project Ocean is an innovative partnership with The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Marine Reserves Coalition (MRC). Alannah Weston, deputy chairman of Selfridges Group, says: 'The Selfridges Project Ocean campaign is one which is very close to my heart and our business. For Project Ocean 2015, Selfridges will: Customers visiting the London store will also discover dedicated Project Ocean window displays along the Duke Street perimeter of the store, where recycled plastic bottles will be vividly rendered to create ocean and water themed installations. *Selfridges has undertaken an audit of all plastics in its food hall and implemented a reduction programme.
Wallace & Gromit's creators make new animation to try to save the seas By Layal Liverpool Turtle Journey tells the tragic story of a turtle family travelling home through an ocean under growing pressure from climate change, plastic pollution, oil drilling and overfishing. The short animation, which you can watch below, was produced by Aardman – the creators of Wallace & Gromit – and campaigners Greenpeace to highlight the plight of the world’s oceans. Climate change is already affecting the habitats of sea turtles. Characters in the film are voiced by two Oscar-winning actors, Olivia Colman and Helen Mirren, alongside Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones, David Harbour of Stranger Things, Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter and comedian Ahir Shah. And in a statement from Greenpeace, oceans campaigner Louisa Casson said, “Our oceans are in crisis.” More on these topics:
Hemp Could Be The Future Of Plastics: Pulling Carbon From Atmosphere And Back Into Soil Leslie Bocskor, investment banker and president of cannabis advisory firm Electrum Partners, is one of the most passionate people in the cannabis industry Benzinga has come across. In a recent chat, Benzinga asked him to discuss a topic he was passionate about, an issue he found particularly interesting. The Rise Of A Hemp-Ire Bocskor recently became fascinated with hemp. “I have been talking to some scientists and there is a conversation about hemp for plastic,” he began, pointing out that Henry Ford — Ford Motor Company F — had built one of his first cars using hemp plastic. “This could potentially create the largest carbon-negative industry in the world,” he continued. But, what does carbon negative even mean? Nowadays, most plastics are hydrocarbon-based, which means they use fossil petrochemicals pulled out of the Earth to be made. Hemp plastic, on the other hand, is extremely useful or convenient for several reasons, Bocskor went on. 1. 2. 3. Better Understanding Hemp As Albert O.