All the news articles and blog posts we found ourselves reading this week:
Rethinking Design, Consumerism and the Environment
So if designers are, in fact, the problem solvers that we claim to be, how do we confront consumerism in the face of the impending environmental crisis?
Cutting carbon pollution is the key to curbing global warming
If we want to limit the temperature rise of the Earth, we really need to focus on the long-lasting greenhouse gases.
Essar, Minnesota’s New Mining Giant, Caught Repeatedly Falsifying Pollution Records
Over a two-year period, Essar submitted 9,000 measurements that were simply copied-and-pasted from previous reports, showing that pollution runoff into waterways was well within permissible limits.
$235 Billion = Annual Cost Of Air Pollution In EU
The European Environment Agency published a report recently stating that air pollution cost the EU up to $235 billion for the year 2012. Most of this air pollution is generated by coal-fired power plants.
Thirteen of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are Indian
Delhi is the reigning king of polluted cities in the world, of that there is little doubt. So grimy is its air today that there are calls for closure of schools when pollution levels are particularly harmful.
Mazda develops environment-friendly plastic
Made from plant-derived materials, the new plastic curbs petroleum use and with it CO2 emissions and since the bioplastic can be dyed and does not require painting, it also reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds.
NASA developing new biodegradable drone
NASA is developing a new bio-drone that could splash down in a body of water, disintegrating while not hurting the environment. The biodegradable drone’s chassis is made of mycelium, which is a fiber found in mushrooms.
Bank of England investigating risk of ‘carbon bubble’
The Bank of England is to conduct an enquiry into the risk of fossil fuel companies causing a major economic crash if future climate change rules render their coal, oil and gas assets worthless.