Greta Thunberg will sail across Atlantic to attend UN Climate Summits

August 1, 2019 by  
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Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, is faced with a dilemma: how will she get to the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City with out leaving a carbon footprint ? Enter Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, professional sailors who offered the young activist a ride on their high-speed, zero-emissions sailboat the Malizia II . The sailboat journey will take two weeks to reach the New York Climate Summit. After New York, the group will venture on another trip to Santiago, Chile for the U.N. Framework Convention. Related: New report warns of extreme heat of 127 degrees or more in the US “This is pretty much where our future will be decided. By the year 2020, next year, the emission curve must have been bended steep downwards if we are to have a change to stay below 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming,” said Thunberg of the U.N. events. The crew has warned Thunberg the trip will not be glamorous, including no access to showers, air conditioning, refrigeration or fresh meals. There is also a chance that the seas could be rough. “I asked her if she was scared and she explained in a very analytical way that she thinks this voyage is safe, the boat has a lot of safety systems and is capable of sailing around the world in a race and therefore it’s a strong boat,” says Herrmann. The sailboat, Malizia II is one of only a few zero-emissions sailboats of its size in the world. It has solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity while the ship is sailing. Thunberg’s father will also be aboard the ship for the journey, along with a filmmaker to document their adventure. Thunberg has taken a year off from school in order to focus on her work as an outspoken climate activist. Via TreeHugger Image via Flickr

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UNStudio designs terminal for worlds first cross-border cable car connecting Russia with China

August 1, 2019 by  
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After completing cable car designs in Gothenburg and Amsterdam, UNStudio has won a competition to design the Blagoveshchensk Cable Terminal for the world’s first cross-border cable car that will connect Russia and China. Presumably powered by electricity, the new form of public transport has been described by UNStudio’s founder Ben van Berkel to be “sustainable, extremely fast, reliable and efficient.” The new cross-border cable car line will connect the northern Chinese city of Heihe with the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk. Separated by the Amur River that has formed a boundary between Russia and China since the mid-19th century, the two cities belong to a free trade zone and have historically been trading partners, particularly when the Amur River freezes over to allow passage by foot. The frozen Amur river as a platform for trade and commerce inspired UNStudio’s winning Cable Car Terminal design, which aims to build social connections between the two cultures. As a result, the terminal will feature diverse programming and curated views of both cities. The angular building will also comprise a series of landscaped terraces to create a new shared urban space — dubbed the Urban Tribune — that will serve as a cultural focal point on the waterfront for Blagoveschensk. Related: The “world’s first vertical cable car” will climb to a height of 138 meters in the UK “As it crosses the natural border of the Amur River, the Blagoveshchensk – Heihe cable car will be the first ever cable car system to join two countries and cultures,” van Berkel said in a project statement. “This context provided rich inspiration for the Blagoveshchensk terminal station, which not only responds to its immediate urban location but also becomes an expression of cultural identity and a podium for the intermingling of cultures.” The cable car line will comprise two lines and four cabins — each with a capacity of 60 passengers and extra space for luggage — and can whisk passengers from one city to the other in less than eight minutes. + UNStudio Images via UNStudio

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Ready for the new age of employee activism?

July 8, 2019 by  
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New research suggests that less than one-third of the Fortune 1000 workforce is satisfied with the actions their employer is taking to mitigate the company’s impact on the environment.

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Toxic PFAS chemicals in food and food packaging pose risks to grocery stores and big box retailers

July 8, 2019 by  
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With toxins in food packaging and supplychains, companies are exposed to major financial, reputational and legal liabilities.

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Toxic PFAS chemicals in food and food packaging pose risks to grocery stores and big box retailers

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With toxins in food packaging and supplychains, companies are exposed to major financial, reputational and legal liabilities.

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The righteousness of the youth-led climate justice movement

April 30, 2019 by  
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A global movement being led by your company’s future employees, neighbors and customers should be of considerable interest, and more than a little concern.

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Why the youth climate movement is a bright light during troubled times

March 19, 2019 by  
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If history is a judge, the recent climate strike by more than a million school kids bodes well for future climate progress.

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Your organization can start taking a bite out of office food waste

March 19, 2019 by  
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In just one year, the World Resources Institute halved food waste at its global headquarters. It’s challenging others to do the same.

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Raising Kids Who Take Action: Value of Teamwork Skills

November 22, 2018 by  
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Some kids understand the benefits of working harmoniously with others … The post Raising Kids Who Take Action: Value of Teamwork Skills appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Inside the global war on plastic pollution

September 10, 2018 by  
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How did we get here? Where is all this going?

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