The Netherlands contemplates the world’s toughest climate law:
Last week, a coalition of seven Dutch political parties unveiled a climate policy proposal that is breathtaking in its ambition. If it becomes law, it will codify the most stringent targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any country in the world.
There are still several steps between the proposal and passage, including debate in both houses of Parliament, and lawmakers may make changes. But given the broad political support — the parties involved control 113 of 150 seats in Parliament — it is widely expected to pass in something like its current form by late next summer.
Five ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet:
I’d encourage everyone to read this article as it’s fairly informative about the issues associated with the meat industry (in particular intensive farming).
As food security becomes a growing issue the world will have to adapt to a new diet because too much of the grains produced are consumed by animals in the meat industry. It’s funny because whilst we keep hearing that millions of people are starving in certain parts of the world, the crops that could be used to feed them at a low cost are being fed to cattle instead. That same cattle is then slaughtered and either exported or sold at a price unattainable to those that are at greatest risk. This practice is not sustainable in the long run.
Starch could replace normal plastic in food packaging:
Found this quite interesting given the huge problem we’ve got with plastic food packaging.
Analysis | One unexpected sticking point at the G-7: Plastics pollution in the ocean:
“Two of the largest measured collections of plastic in the ocean are in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans near the United States.”