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Ten Things

Hello! “A new Ten Things post?” I hear you say. Indeed! It’s been a little while, but I am excited to bring this post series back. In case you’re new to these parts, Ten Things is where I round up the week’s environmental news in an easily accessible bitesize manner. Let’s dive straight in:

1. Economists at the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels – JP Morgan – have warned clients, in a leaked report, that under a business-as-usual approach to climate change that “we cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened.” The report implicitly condemns the US bank’s own investment strategy and highlights growing concerns among major Wall Street institutions about the financial and reputational risks of continued funding of carbon-intensive industries, such as oil and gas.

2. Record heat in Antarctica has led to large scale ice cap melts.

3. A quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots – largely with the specific purpose to amplify denialist messages about climate change. This proportion was higher in certain topics – bots were responsible for 38% of tweets about “fake science” and 28% of all tweets about the petroleum giant Exxon. Conversely, tweets that could be categorized as online activism to support action on the climate crisis featured very few bots, at about 5% prevalence.

4. It may only be February, but 2020 is already “virtually certain” to be among the 10 warmest years on record, and has nearly a 50 percent chance of being the warmest ever, say scientists from the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

5. “To get a sense for how backwards we are on climate policy, consider the fact that people are literally *rewarded* for frequent flying rather than disincentivized from doing so. It’s extraordinary.

6. Do we need to re-think our idea of time?

7. Fashion brands should be obliged to help you repair what you wear.

If you’re wearing a buttoned up top, chances are that secreted somewhere on its inside is a spare button, sewn onto a label, tucked under a hem. If your shirt were to pop a button, would you be able to make use of this spare? Or would you just throw away the shirt and order a new one? Sewing a few stitches used to be a skill as basic as reading and writing. But the fact that we collectively send £140m of clothing to landfill each year suggests that things have changed. “

8. Can we have prosperity without growth?

People can flourish without endlessly accumulating more stuff. Another world is possible.”

9. When it comes to ethical fashion, is anyone making money?

10. Finally, I wrote a piece for Kempii, an online zero-waste store, on zero-waste snack ideas. You’ll find over 30 zero-waste snack ideas – from sweet to savoury and fresh to dry – over there, so do take a look.

That’s it from me – I hope you are staying safe from the storms. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the floods of the last few weeks.


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weekend links

Ten Things

Well, hello there! I have had a little break from Ten Things. I’ve been writing Moral Fibres for nearly 7 years now, and this post here is the 100th Ten Things I’ve written. I spend my Saturday evenings writing these posts ready for Sunday morning, and just really needed some time off to rest and revive and tend to other areas of my life, but it’s good to be back!

This week’s links:

1 The IPCC have this week warned that the world’s oceans are in trouble, with far-reaching consequences.

2. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood” – powerful words from Greta Thunberg.

3. Despite the news coverage, Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you need to know. The movement is bigger and more diverse than you think, and they’re doing amazing work.

4. Premium teabags are leaking billions of particles of microplastics. Here’s an oldish guide to plastic-free teabags that I’m working on to update. Watch this space!

5. Hope! Climate activists are suing Europe’s biggest coal plant.

6. Figures released on air travel patterns in England bolster calls for a frequent flyer levy, a proposal under which each UK citizen would be allowed one tax-free flight per year but would pay progressively higher taxes on each additional flight taken, after it has been found that the 10% most frequent flyers in England took more than half of all international flights departing from England in 2018; whilst 48% of residents did not fly at all.  I am all for this levy – when we live in an age of Skype and Facetime somebusiness trips are becoming more and more obsolete.

7. Russia – the world’s fourth-largest polluter has finally ratified the Paris Agreement, but it’s not cause for celebration yet. Russia’s pledged targets are so low that they could increase their emissions and still meet the Paris Agreement targets.

8. More than 130 seal pups were born in the River Thames in one year – 60 years after being declared “biologically dead”.

9. I loved this.

10. Finally, the Woodland Trust is asking one million Britons to plant a tree on 30th November after the UK government missed its tree-planting targets. The Trust said it recognised planting trees was not a ‘solve all’ for climate change, but that it would help individuals to collectively make a real contribution to the problem. They also recognise that trees will also need to be cared for after planting to ensure they survive, so people are being encouraged to participate beyond the planting stage.

Back next Sunday for post 101!


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