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IPCC. Drought. Storms. CO2 levels of 400 ppm. In 2014, climate change and sustainability moved from being distinct environmental concerns to becoming systematic welfare issues. Agricultural production was effected by both droughts and floods in many areas around the world. We have also seen war and conflictemerge in the wake of climate change and the… » read more

Only a minor detail?

It seems to be only a little very unimportant detail from an overall perspective: Paper machinery imports in China break down. It is caused by declining demand for paper products and overcapacity in the industry. This is not a new story. Everywhere internet is pushing away paper. Less printed products, less demand in paper. But… » read more

Big risk

What’s the biggest risk factor on earth – causing deaths and diseases for millions? Travel by plain or car? Alcohol and Cigarettes? Bad habits in food consumption? Wars? Sharks? No! It’s not about what’s coming initially in people’s minds. It’s the bad air, too many people are breathing. In 2012, seven million people died of… » read more

Food waste is food loss occurring during the retail and final consumption stages due to the behaviour of retailers and consumers – that is, the throwing away of food.1 This definition describes well what “food waste” means in legal terms, but who knows what it means in numbers. Did you know that almost 90 million… » read more

I Pollute

Imagine a religion that looks at the problems in the world and concludes that it is because others sin. “If only they could be more like me!” A faith without humility and mercy is hypocritical – a congregation of zealots. As environmentalists build their beliefs into their new temple, the eco-theologians need to remind their… » read more

A recent article (literature) mentions that by 2050, the per capita daily calorie consumption will increase 11% as a result of increased wealth. Also per capita food consumption of some food categories might increase dramatically: 14% for sugar, 15% for legumes, 33% for vegetable oil, and 26% for meat, % 19 for milk and dairy… » read more

On Thursday, 13 March, MyNeighbourhood and the Human Smart Cities network, will hold a Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Stay Tuned on MyNeighbourhood’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) and follow the hashtag: #HumanSmartCities and post your messages @MyN_EU ! The conference “Human Smart Cities: The Future of Cities Today” aims at setting a stage to discuss… » read more

Sustainability Bias

We need a new term to be able to capture how people can be self-contradictory or outright hypocritical when pushing personal environmental decisions they have been told are sustainable. Like a symptom that finds a name (and then becomes a disease that can be treated), we can now begin to look at how we can… » read more

The move from linear business models to circular ones is an exciting development. More and more companies are rejecting the “business as usual” model by maximizing the value extracted from resources and reusing them to generate new products as well as by improving efficiency which enable cost savings in raw materials, labour, energy, water, waste… » read more

Guest contribution by Molly Walsh, climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth EuropeA public consultation on state support for renewable energies closes tomorrow. The proposed guidelines Commissioner Almunia’s DG Competition are consulting on have caused consternation in the renewable sector and particularly among citizens and communities involved in running smaller renewables projects. State… » read more

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