Environment Archive

Flotsam and fashion: recycler of 'ghost' fishing nets makes marine litter trendy

The oceans are choked with discarded fishing nets, or ghost nets, that are estimated to kill 300,000 whales, dolphins and seals each year. It’s a grotesque and avoidable toll on nature, and one that Giulio Bonazzi, CEO of Aquafil, hopes to reduce using an unlikely ally – fashion. The Italian firm is pioneering the use of “ghost” or discarded fishing nets to make a synthetic …

Everything Change: free anthology of prizewinning climate fiction

Arizona State University’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative held a short story contest to write “climate fiction,” judged by Kim Stanley Robinson and others; now the best stories have been collected in a free downloadable ebook that includes a forward by Robinson, and an interview with Paolo Bacigalupi. * Kim Stanley Robinson, Foreword * Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez, and Joey Eschrich, Editors’ Introduction  …

LA halts subsidies for plastic lawns

LA halts subsidies for plastic lawns / Boing Boing The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has changed its rebate program that subsidized homeowners who ripped up their wasteful turf lawns and put in plastic grass or gravel. The new subsidy rules reserve rebates for people who replace their turf with landscaping designed to retain water (astroturf lawns retain heat and …

#NoDAPL: U.S. orders halt in North Dakota pipeline construction on Native land

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen The United States government today ordered a temporary halt to construction of a stretch of North Dakota oil pipeline that has been the focus of a sustained and growing occupation protest by Native Americans and environmental activists. …

Good riddance to summer, a thoroughly un-British season | Trevor Mitchell

The British don’t really do summer. It’s not necessarily that we don’t want to, but temperamentally we are autumnal, northern souls, and the imminent return of autumn is as welcoming as a comfortable old coat. For it means that we can finally ditch the pretence that we enjoy summer and its enforced, ersatz fun in the sun for another year. Our collective folk memory of …

Mumbai Beach clean-up highlights marine waste epidemic

The shocking amount of marine waste washed up on Mumbai’s Versova Beach led UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh to publicize a long-term cleanup project. Mountains of garbage, mostly plastic, have been hauled away by thousands of volunteers. The project is now in week 44. More interesting coverage online at #MumbaiBeachClean report this ad Between April and July, Iran’s …