London Marathon Replaces Thousands Of Plastic Water Bottles With Edible Water Pouches Bex Spiller, Published on May 22, 2019 The London Marathon is one of the biggest running races all around the world. While many train for months, others don’t want to set foot near the race thanks to one thing: plastic waste. However, the London Marathon recently replaced thousands of plastic water bottles with edible water pouches instead. Plenty Of Waste Believe it or not, but London Marathon runners left behind 920,000 plastic bottles back in 2018. Many have no choice but to drop the bottles to the ground. Sadly, the plastic can take up to 1,000 years to fully degrade and contributes to the growing plastic epidemic happening around the world. Making A Change That was all about to change in 2019. Rather than offering up water at the 23rd mile, runners were given edible water pouches instead. They have no plastic. Runners can eat the pouches as they have no taste or they can drop them to the floor as they degrade in six weeks – leaving no waste in their wake. The Idea Skipping Rocks Lab is behind the Ooho water pouch. The pouches are made from seaweed and are perfect for storing water. The best bit? It’s not just the London Marathon that has used themRead more

FILE – In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Filipino environmental activists wear a mock container vans filled with garbage to symbolize the 50 containers of waste that were shipped from Canada to the Philippines two years ago, as they hold a protest outside the Canadian embassy at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine foreign secretary said Thursday, May 16, 2019, the ambassador and consuls in Canada are being recalled over Ottawa’s failure to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is recalling its ambassador and consuls in Canada over Ottawa’s failure to comply with a deadline to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago, officials said Thursday. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted that the Philippines “shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there.” The drastic move is the latest strain in Philippine relations with Canada under President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte threatened last month to forcibly ship the containers of garbage back to Canada and dump some at its embassy in Manila if Canadian officials don’t take back the waste. Officials later set a May 15 deadlineRead more

Image captionJust cutting carbon emissions will not be enough to prevent damaging climate change, scientists warn GETTYIMAGES Scientists in Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth’s climate. It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth’s poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere. The centre is being created because of fears that current approaches will not on their own stop dangerous and irreversible damage to the planet. The initiative is the first of its kind in the world and could lead to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions. The initiative is co-ordinated by the government’s former chief scientific adviser, Prof Sir David King. “What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years. There is no major centre in the world that would be focused on this one big issue,” he told BBC News. Some of the approaches described by Sir David are often known collectively as geoengineering. What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years. Prof Sir David King, Ex-Government Chief Scientist The Centre for Climate Repair is part of Cambridge university’s Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, led by Dr Emily Shuckburgh. She, said the initiative’s mission would be to “solveRead more

A husband-wife team works to heal their land — and finds healing for themselves, too. In 1994, famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado returned to Brazil after a grueling job reporting on the genocide in Rwanda. He was keen to return to the childhood land he was taking over for his family — land that had provided him with many happy childhood memories, rich forests that offered an escape from the harsh realities he had witnessed in Africa. To his horror, however, he arrived back to barren land, bereft of the lush green trees and shrubs and the rich variety of wildlife that used to everywhere — thanks to deforestation. “The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” Salgado explained to a group of religious leaders during a summit on climate change in Paris over three years ago. In fact the photographer estimated that only 0.5% of the land was covered in trees when he returned. Salgado’s wife came up with the wonderful idea of replanting trees on their land in Minas Gerais. Along with relatives, the Salgados set up the Instituto Terra, an organization that has managed to plant an impressive four million saplings over the years. The results are remarkable. Land that was completely destroyed by the stripping of its forests is now carpets of green. AndRead more