Sustainability
DITCHED: Origins of the Divest/Invest Movement with Ellen Dorsey

DITCHED: Origins of the Divest/Invest Movement with Ellen Dorsey

  “Not only has the movement created this incredible momentum for divestment, but it has spread to other strategies targeting the fossil fuel industry, including calling on banks to stop financing new fossil fuels, insurers to stop underwriting fossil fuels, litigation targeting the industry for damages, calls for governments to stop subsidizing the industry, and […]

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DITCHED: ‘Not Your Grandpa’s Divestment Anymore’ with Justin Guay

DITCHED: ‘Not Your Grandpa’s Divestment Anymore’ with Justin Guay

  “It’s not hard to see that the writing is on the wall, that investors across the board are not making any distinction. It’s not just about coal anymore — they see all fossil fuels as problematic. And I don’t think that it will take very long before we see oil and gas receiving the […]

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COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

COVID-19 Brings Clothes Recycling to a Halt

The second-hand clothes trade ensures that abandoned clothes don’t pile up in landfills, and at the same time, makes it possible for the fashion industry to introduce new designs for each new season. However, Reuters reports that this system has slowed to a stop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why this matters:  The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for up to 10% of global carbon emissions.

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Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut click button

Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer This week, Sir David Attenborough put on a full-court press for biodiversity — he joined Instagram and he “called for a $500 billion per year global investment in nature,” as Kaelan Deese reported for The Hill. According to Deese, this exhortation for conservation “came during a one-day summit by […]

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US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

US Lags in List of Most Sustainable Countries

Yale just published its annual 2020 Environmental Performance Index, ranking 180 countries from most to least sustainable, on metrics based on ecosystem health and environmental factors like water and air quality and waste management.

Why this Matters: This relatively bad ranking demonstrates the US’ growing environmental issues.

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New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

New Super Enzyme Breaks Down PET Plastic Super Fast

By Razi Beresin-Scher, ODP Contributing Writer According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have engineered a new “super enzyme” that breaks down recycled plastic 6-times faster than previously possible, CNN and The New York Times reported.  The super-enzyme is designed to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which […]

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