Do grim environmental projections and government inaction have you feeling blue? Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard feels your pain. “If you’ve been paying attention, you'll know that things aren't going very well for the planet,” he said in a recent video. “It’s pretty easy to get depressed about it. I’ve always known that the cure for depression is action.”
The global food system faces an uncertain future. Consumer preferences continue to shift in the face of health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, and a warming climate means we’ll soon have to do more with less.
Climate change took center stage as business leaders and heads of state poured into Davos, Switzerland, recently for the World Economic Forum. The WEF Global Risks report, launched each year in advance of the Forum, cited "extreme weather events," "natural disasters," and "failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation" as the most dangerous challenges facing the global community. So it came as no surprise when world leaders used the event to sound the climate alarm yet again.
In September, a group of more than 40 health and environmental experts released one of the most comprehensive reports to date on how dirty air affects human health—and the findings are grim. The researchers linked air pollution to 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015, totaling 11.5 percent of all deaths worldwide that year. Air pollutants can also enter the food supply and contribute to climate change, so scientists around the world are seeking ways to thwart this ongoing problem.
More than 97 percent of climate scientists agree the planet is warming and that human activity is largely responsible. For perspective, that’s as conclusive as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
‘Tis the season for giving, but there's more than one way to show loved ones you care. As our penchant for over-consumption continues to wreak havoc on people, animals and the planet, alternatives like homemade treats and crafts, charitable donations and vouchers for tasks like petsitting or home repair look pretty appealing.
Already dreaming about your travel plans for 2018? You’re not alone. Americans spent more than $683 billion on travel last year, and the tourism industry accounts for more than 10 percent of global GDP. All of that cash flow presents the perfect opportunity to vote with your dollar by supporting governments with sensible climate policies that lay a positive path for an uncertain future.
A disturbing number of people are losing their lives in an effort to protect undeveloped land, preserve natural resources and defend community rights, according to a report released this summer. Environmental protectors and indigenous rights leaders were killed at a rate of nearly four per week in 2016, totaling 200 globally, says the watchdog group Global Witness.
The average person spends a third of their life sleeping, though few put much thought into where they lay their heads. As long as our mattresses are comfortable, not much else matters, right? Not so fast, say environmental and health experts, who warn that the chemicals used in some mattresses could be making us sick.
Consumers continue to demand that companies play the role of good citizen, with younger generations leading the charge. Almost three out of four millennials now say they would pay more for a sustainable product. But these same individuals, those who came of age around the millennium and are now aged 18 to 35, may be less likely to engage in other sustainable activities, new research reveals.