50 countries pledge to conserve 30% of land and water

January 12, 2021 by  
Filed under Green

The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People has made a pledge to protect 30% of the land and water on Earth by 2030 to slow destruction of nature and species extinctions. The pledge was made public last Monday during the One Planet Summit in Paris. HAC is a coalition of more than 50 countries that was formed in 2011 to encourage internal action on the climate crisis prior to the Paris Agreement. The coalition is currently co-chaired by three countries: France, the U.K., and Costa Rica. It was formed in Durban in 2011 and has been at the forefront of encouraging international action on the climate crisis. The coalition is promoting actions against biodiversity loss and hopes that the pledge will lead to a successful conservation agreement during the Cop15 2021 summit in China. Related: Polar bears could go extinct in 80 years if global warming persists In their pledge, the countries have agreed to reserve at least 30% of the planet’s land and water as natural habitats. While making the announcement, HAC noted that protecting 30% of the planet by the turn of the decade is necessary to prevent mass extinction of plant and animal species. On Monday, several world leaders met at the One Planet Summit in Paris to discuss the biodiversity crisis and promotion of archeology as well as to examine the relationship between human health and nature . The event was addressed by various world leaders, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Besides the pledge to protect 30% of the planet, several countries in the coalition also made pledges to fund nature conservation projects. The coalition has pledged to invest billions of pounds in the  Great Green Wall of Africa  project and the launch of the new  Terra Carta  by Prince Charles. The coalition’s pledges have been applauded but also met by some criticism from various environmentalists. Many emphasized that the commitment needs to be met with actual efforts and delivery. Greenpeace U.K.’s head of politics Rebecca Newsom explained that there are also concerns about the source of funds being pledged by countries such as the U.K. Newsom argued that the funds should not be cut from budgets already allocated for other environmental projects. “Increasing funds to protect and enhance nature is critical to help secure success at the global biodiversity conference in China this year,” Newsom said. “Siphoning off cash from funds already committed to tackling the climate crisis simply isn’t enough.” Via The Guardian Image via Pauline Bernfeld

More: 
50 countries pledge to conserve 30% of land and water

Bee-killing pesticide approved for emergency use in the UK

January 12, 2021 by  
Filed under Business, Green

The U.K. government is reversing a ban on a dangerous pesticide. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar lobbied hard to get a product containing neonicotinoid thiamethoxam sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beets. Not only is this chemical thought to kill bees, but rainwater will wash it from fields into rivers. Last we heard, fish weren’t requesting neonicotinoid thiamethoxam any more than were insects, many of which already face serious declines. Matt Shardlow, chief executive of the conservation group Buglife, was one of many environmentalists unhappy with the decision. “In addition, no action is proposed to prevent the pollution of rivers with insecticides applied to sugar beet,” Shardlow said . “Nothing has changed scientifically since the decision to ban neonics from use on sugar beet in 2018. They are still going to harm the environment .” Related: Flea treatments are poisoning England’s rivers Beet yellows virus is carried by aphids and has a ruinous effect on sugar beet crops. The U.K. has tracked this disease with national surveys since 1946, charting the effects of chemicals, farm hygiene and other factors on the changes and developments in virus yellows disease. Treating sugar beet seeds with neonicotinoid thiamethoxam is one approach used to control this disease . “Virus yellows disease is having an unprecedented impact on Britain’s sugar beet crop, with some growers experiencing yield losses of up to 80%, and this authorization is desperately needed to fight this disease,” said Michael Sly, chairman of the NFU sugar board. “It will be crucial in ensuring that Britain’s sugar beet growers continue to have viable farm businesses.” He emphasized that pesticides would be used in a limited and controlled way. In 2018, the EU decided to protect bees by banning outdoor uses of thiamethoxam. But now 11 countries, including Spain, Denmark and Belgium, have signed emergency authorizations to use this controversial chemical. Via The Guardian and Pest Management Science Image via Kurt Bouda

Original post:
Bee-killing pesticide approved for emergency use in the UK

Cardboard Turns Back Into Wood In Domingos Totora’s Amazing Furniture And Sculpture

September 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Cardboard Turns Back Into Wood In Domingos Totora’s Amazing Furniture And Sculpture

Brazilian designer Domingos Totora is the author of these mesmerizing pieces of furniture produced with recycled cardboard that is turned into a wooden-like material through a sustainable process…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

Read more here:
Cardboard Turns Back Into Wood In Domingos Totora’s Amazing Furniture And Sculpture

Cork Furniture and Cardboard Bars by Marina68 (Photos)

September 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Cork Furniture and Cardboard Bars by Marina68 (Photos)

At TreeHugger we like cork, that warm material that can be harvested without chopping down trees, is fully renewable and biodegradable and can be shaped into many funky objects apart from stoppers to keep the wine in the bottles. The designers at studio Marina68 in Barcelona have worked with this local material and created a series of furniture, that embrace craftsmanship and eco-friendly materials. Have a look below for some of our favourites….

Read more from the original source: 
Cork Furniture and Cardboard Bars by Marina68 (Photos)

Transformers: Street Furniture Hides in Electrical Box

May 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Transformers: Street Furniture Hides in Electrical Box

Designboom You know what happens with street furniture; people sit or lie on it and there is never room for you. Unless you know about the Guerilla Bench from the German design studio Rugwind. They have designed a bench that folds up inside a standard European street electrical box.

See the rest here: 
Transformers: Street Furniture Hides in Electrical Box

Sleek Recycled Pallets Furniture to Improve Work of Cooperative in Brazil

April 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Sleek Recycled Pallets Furniture to Improve Work of Cooperative in Brazil

Photos: Design Simple .

See original here:
Sleek Recycled Pallets Furniture to Improve Work of Cooperative in Brazil

Recycled Jewelery From Straws, Records and Phone Cards

April 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Recycled Jewelery From Straws, Records and Phone Cards

Image from Linda Schailon If you are yearning for something cheap and cheerful to liven up your boring post-winter, not-yet-spring wardrobe, here’s the trick: recycled jewelery made from old vinyl records or straws.

Read more from the original source:
Recycled Jewelery From Straws, Records and Phone Cards

Recycled, Native, Socially Aware Eco Design from Argentina at Sustentable Festival [PHOTOS]

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Recycled, Native, Socially Aware Eco Design from Argentina at Sustentable Festival [PHOTOS]

Photos: Paula Alvarado Argentine sustainable design was on the spotlight last week, when the second edition of Sustentable Festival took place in Buenos Aires featuring more than 100 products in an exhibition. Some of them familiar, some newish, we pick some of the objects and designs that called our attention in these 13 photos. Take a look inside the post…

Read the original here: 
Recycled, Native, Socially Aware Eco Design from Argentina at Sustentable Festival [PHOTOS]

"Experimental" Cow Dung Project To Heat 1,100 Dutch Homes

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on "Experimental" Cow Dung Project To Heat 1,100 Dutch Homes

Photo: CleanTechnica From chickens to cows to algae , energy generated from biomass is making a big impact worldwide. With last year’s launch of the world’s largest biomass plant in the Netherlands – running on chicken manure – another Dutch biomass energy project has now launched to p… Read the full story on TreeHugger

See the original post:
"Experimental" Cow Dung Project To Heat 1,100 Dutch Homes

Bad Behavior has blocked 3680 access attempts in the last 7 days.