Environmental Dates: International Day for Biodiversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

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Green Documentaries: Circular Economy

Reblogged from MyTree.TV

Businesses around the globe produce nearly as much waste as they do product — almost 110 million tons annually in the US alone. Washington State spent more than 500 million dollars on waste disposal, recycling, and composting in 2009. But what is the real cost to business and the community?

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Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

Increased demand is a certainty and we can no longer deny the elephant in the room. We need to address the issue of creating buildings that support the demand without setting us further back in other areas. Energy efficiency saves money and creates jobs and will be essential to both homes and businesses in the future.

The examples in this infographic show just how effective energy efficient and sustainable buildings can be, as well as how creative.

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Sustainable Packaging [Infographic]

Apple and Coca-Cola are among the multinational brands who have actively taken steps towards packaging sustainability, a concept which should be at the forefront of all businesses. Among the most sustainable packaging materials is polyethylene (PE) foam, a fully reusable and recyclable product which is inexpensive and readily available, as well as being very easy to customise to a specific shape. The use of such materials is the way forward for companies wishing to enhance their brand image through active engagement in sustainable packaging practices.

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Over-eating and Waste [Infographic]

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. It says the world consumes about 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil.

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Global Energy Efficiency [Infographic]

Controlling and reducing energy consumption has become a priority of governments around the world in recent years. It is now apparent that our planet’s natural resources are running out and if we are to sustain the global economy and take care of the earth, then we need to be more energy efficient. This will result in less money spent on energy by homeowners, businesses, schools and government agencies and the money saved can be spent on things, such as education, housing and healthcare.

As well as saving money and being good for the economy, being energy efficient is of course, great for the environment and over time this will enhance our quality of life. The Paris Agreement, a treaty signed by almost 200 countries around the world so far, has set in place targets and deadlines to help reduce energy consumption.

In this infographic we’ll show you some of those targets and what they mean, as well as how countries are currently progressing. We’ll also give you some handy tips on what you can do in your own home to help conserve energy and play your part in the fight against global warming.

If you’re wondering what the UK has done to combat energy consumption, we’ll give you some information on that too! Politics and government plans can be complicated, but we’ve broken things down in this piece to give you a better understanding of an issue that’s vital to every person on the planet. Get ready to learn more about Global Energy Efficiency.

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Amazon Dash: more Plastic and Consumption

Amazon Dash: does the world really need more little pieces of plastic?
Excerpt from the full original article by Senay Boztas on Guardian Circular Economy

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