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Farm waste and mushrooms challenge plastic, concrete, steel

Isn’t it daft to use plastics that last for centuries to make short-life packaging? Now there’s an alternative – using fungi to bind farm and forestry waste into strong, non-toxic, complex forms. When the job is done, the material can be safely burnt or composted – and it even works for buildings … An unusual…

People's Climate March 2014. Photo Sophie Morlin-Yron

Huge turnout as thousands march against climate change in People’s Climate March – London 2014

Tens of thousands of Londoners and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide took to the streets on Sunday to raise awareness of climate change as part of a global initiative which has been deemed the largest environmental demonstrations ever seen. London’s version of The People’s Climate March, which was organised by environmental organisations and NGOs,…

Hunter Lovins photographed at the Frontline Club, London in September 2014. Photo: Sophie Morlin-Yron

INTERVIEW: Hunter Lovins, wild horses and the way to a better world

Hunter Lovins is on a mission: to put the transformational technologies we already have to work for the benefit of people and business – and to re-create the economy so it’s no longer a machine for polluting the planet and devouring natural resources, but a mechanism for building and sustaining natural and human capital. American…

Jan Creamer, Animal Defenders International. Photo: Sophie Morlin-Yron

INTERVIEW: Jan Creamer – giving a voice to the voiceless

Sophie Morlin-Yron meets Jan Creamer – effective, courageous and seemingly selfless campaigner against animal cruelty worldwide, from Bolivia to Zambia, from circuses to factory farms. As president of Animal Defenders International (ADI) and chief executive of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, as well as the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research, Jan Creamer has dedicated most of…

Abandoned fishnets are being gathered and recycled into carpets at Interface

How carpet giant Interface hit sustainability milestone while keeping profits on a steady rise

Interface’s sustainability model shows that even large industrial businesses can reduce their carbon footprint significantly using innovative solutions such as recycling abandoned fishnets without compromising profitability.  Business leaders who claim profit and sustainability don’t go together may have to think again as carpet giant Interface have proven otherwise as it reaches major sustainability milestones.  The…

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NSA spied on UN climate summit negotiations

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show NSA informed US negotiators of rival countries’ strategies and positions before 2009 climate summit. The US National Security Agency (NSA) gathered intelligence from key countries concerning the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009, new documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal. The NSA documents show that the US…

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INTERVIEW: Can Greenland’s new prime minister strike a balance between an old world and a new economy?

Greenland’s first female prime minister, Aleqa Hammond, on climate change, boosting the economy and the tough decision to lift the ban on uranium extraction. All part of the ongoing development towards a new, independent, Greenland. The world’s largest island is undergoing major change. While global warming causing the ice cap covering most of the country…