Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.
Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.
“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.
COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action
Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.
Five questions about the climate issues. Read More
Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.
With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.
In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More
Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth
Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.
The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused. A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).
The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.
But the road getting there will not be easy.
The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.
We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.
Before 2100, the world will count 11 billion! people. According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024. (7 Billion on October 31, 2011) Read More
Arctic ice is dwindling, and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, “hauling out” on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before
Last week in New York many countries, continents, industries and organisaties responded with ambitious goals and initiatives but no firm pledges during the UN Climate Summit 2014. Remember the promise of China who wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. On the fringes, major corporations trading in agricultural commodities grown on former rainforest land joined governments in signing a declaration promising to halve net deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030! Read More