The latest horror show involving a desperate oil industry involves an elderly oil tanker moored off the coast of Trinidad which is in imminent danger of sinking and spilling 60 million gallons of crude oil into the sea. Something needs to be done. Fast. ...
OK so we're not huge fans of clever marketing disguised as environmental action, but the pedigree of this new initiative seems sound. The Ecosia people - who plant trees when you use their search tools - have just released a new free debit card called TreeCard. The idea is that for every $60 you spend, they will plant a tree in your forest. It's cute, and while some may consider it a gimmick, the fact is that Ecosia has already planted 100 million trees over the past 10 years, so they do what they say.
It's not often nowadays that we hear good things about climate change and the issues we face, but maybe there is some upbeat news to share after all. Even though this last September has already been declared the hottest ever on record, none other than Professor Michael Mann has come out pitching with some optimistic info. For those who don't know Dr Mann is one of the foremost climate scientists in the world, and part of the team which created the famous 'hockey stick' model of carbon emissions which is still a reliable pointer to the impact of our human emissions on the planet. continue reading
It's hard to be a responsible citizen nowadays. No matter how hard we try, there's always a chance that we'll buy the wrong product by selecting something which can harm the environment. Here's where the Beagle Button comes in. Rather like those coupon finding browser extensions that litter the landscape, the Beagle tool is there to help us make better buying decisions. Only it's not about saving money, but saving the planet. It sits in the browser and pops up when it finds a better - i.e. more sustainable - buying option than the one your about to make.
The old tea clippers of the 19th century may have been slow, but they had one big advantage over modern freighters. They ran on wind. Now an enterprising Swedish company is attempting to combine modern technology with good old renewable wind energy to turn the environmental cost of shipping goods around the world on its head. The Oceanbird is a huge cargo ship which can carry up to 7000 cars (electric we hope), and will be able to cross the Atlantic in around 12 days. The 200 metres long and 40 metre wide ship will feature 80 metre high wing sails, which are electronically deployed and stowed as needed. continue reading