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  1. Deforestation is only continuing and accelerating, with many of the same negative effects - now on a larger scale. In her article, Rachel Brown from DIY Garden shares some excellent information on the topic, and explains how we can help to prevent deforestation as well as take steps to reverse its negative impacts on the environment. 'Wilderness. We all have an image in mind of what that word means. Some might picture the majestic mountains, glaciers, and towering conifers of Alaska, while others might imagine the vast expanse of the Amazon, teeming with all sorts of life. Huma
  2. Meat and dairy are responsible for 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 14.5% of global emissions. Eliminating meat and dairy consumption could cut global farmland use by more than 75%. This is important as the loss of wild areas due to agriculture is the leading cause of the mass extinction of wildlife. Greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram for different food groups. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts. Adapted from Dr Hannah Ritchie/Our World in Data (2020) Data source: Poore & Nemecek (2018). As the graph above shows, animal-based foods often have
  3. 44% of people in the UK own a pet. Whilst pets have many benefits, notably on our health and wellbeing, there is no denying that they have a detrimental impact on the environment. Author: Petteri Sulonen Mike Berners-Lee’s book, “How Bad Are Bananas?”, reveals the carbon footprints of almost everything, including our pets. Average-size cat – 310kg of CO2e per year Average-size dog – 770 kg of CO2e per year Large dog – 2,500kg of CO2e per year Goldfish – 25kg of CO2e per year The biggest contributor to these carbon emissions is pet food. Meat mak
  4. Green New Deal (GND) packages arose following the 2008 financial crash as a solution to address the imminent economic, social, and environmental challenges known as the “triple crisis”. The name refers to FDR’s New Deal policies of the 1930s, as numerous comparisons could be drawn with the economic and social difficulties faced during the Great Depression. This time round, reforms urgently needed an environmental focus. Uniting environmental and social justice, GNDs aim to lower fossil fuel dependency, safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems, reduce inequality and create green jobs. There
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