In ecology, the concept of isolation does not exist. Western-based environmental pollution is intimately linked to the events that are altering natural and human life conditions in apparently remote regions of the globe. Climate change side-effects are tangible in the complex, fragile environments of the world tropical islands, from the Pacific to idyllic Maldives. Continue reading..
Climate change events such as atmospheric warming, the warming of the oceans, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and the increase in the incidence of extreme weather events, are the results of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. What and how is this happening? Continue reading..
The science behind the use of pesticides, and the safety of consuming traces of them, has been largely produced by groups that have major conflicts of interests. In the book “Our Daily Poison” Marie-Monique Robin investigate the dangerous chemicals into everyday food products and the system in charge of the regulation. Continue reading
Bushfire in Australia.
The concentration of extreme weather events around the world over this Christmas period shed light and drove talks on climate change. From South America, to the US, Europe and Australia, countries were hit by a natural phenomenon called El Nino. Continue reading
The Agreement has been welcomed as well as harshly criticized. Scientist James Hansen define it a ‘fraud’. Big business representatives played a role behind doors to stop the deal, and the Agreement is deficient indeed. However, 195 countries by engaging in the Agreement made a little step forward, showing that – hopefully – there may be a small light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading
Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Food loss and waste amount to a major waste of resources, including water, land, energy, generating unnecessary GHG emissions. As FAO reports, fruit and vegetables are the most wasted products accounting for up to 45% . Continue reading
As consumers, we are increasingly alienated from the food on our tables. When we shop, we rarely wonder about the origins of the delicious steak or fish filet we are buying. However, our basic need for nutrition has now major ethical and political implications. Recent studies carried out by the international scientific community have shed light on the influence and damage to the environment that comes from the animal food industry. Continue reading
One third of the global food production goes wasted. Can nudging help tackle this issue? Nudges are small interventions designed to steer people in a particular direction. Informed by behavioral economics studies, nudging entails making minor adjustments that influence people’s choices. Continue reading
In the past decades, the food system has become one of the principal determinants behind climate change, because of the massive use of natural resources (i.e. water, land, forest), the dependence on fuel-based energy, and the emission of enormous quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere. Modern agricultural food production is genuinely an industrial model, oriented to a large-scale food production, requiring an indiscriminate use of natural resources, and where commodities are traded at the international level. The results are high rates of pollution, erosion of land, scarcity of resources, pollution of waters and loss of biodiversity. Continue reading
Research by cognitive psychologists and economists has documented a number of systematic deviations in human thinking and decision-making, challenging the traditional assumption that we are rational agents. The insights from behavioral economics are increasingly employed by governments to improve public policies. Continue reading