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EU launches Green Deal

Source: Fast Company

The EU executive has unveiled sweeping proposals to tackle global heating, warning of ‘a make-or-break decade’ in the fight against the climate and nature crises. The dozen draft laws, spanning tighter curbs on industrial pollution, higher renewable energy targets, and the goal of planting 3bn trees, are intended to ensure the EU cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared with the levels in 1990. The bloc has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, and hitting the interim target will be critical to staying on track. Lawmakers hope for a rapid agreement on the laws in 2022, amid warnings that delay will imperil achieving the end-of-decade target.

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A new vision on the impact of design

Source: Sustainable Brands

In a throwaway society, we take it for granted that products aren’t designed to last. When the latest smartphone comes out, the model you spent hundreds of dollars on 18 months ago feels dated. When a new pair of running shoes wears out after a few months, it goes in the trash. For companies, there’s little immediate motivation to change, since short product lifespans mean that people end up buying more. The new book ‘Meaningful Stuff: Design That Lasts’ examines how product design can move from planned obsolescence to a new model of repair, reuse, and longevity. Companies can focus on making money from service, upgrades, and repairs, rather than new sales.

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Floating seaweed farms

Source: Triple Pundit

Seaweed farming could be a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. But can it scale? “Agriculture on the sea is in its infancy,” says Shrikumar Suryanarayan, cofounder and managing director of Sea6 Energy, the India-based company that designed the “Seacombine,” the tractor-like machine now in use at its Indonesian seaweed farm. Grown at a large scale, seaweed could replace some of the crude oil used to make jet fuel or plastic. But it’s been so expensive to grow that it can’t compete with fossil fuels. Seaweed “is a potential incredible solution,” says Amy Novogratz, founder and managing partner at Aqua-Spark. “We just need to put more resources behind it and learn more about producing the amounts we need in a way that works.”

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