What’s the most sustainable toothbrush? Study finds a surprising answer

You probably don’t think much about your toothbrush, but the one you choose actually makes a big difference to the environment. A group of researchers carried out the first lifecycle assessment of toothbrushes to measure their environmental footprint, with electric ones not doing too well. Healthcare is a major emitter of environmental pollutants that adversely […]

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Beyond tourism: A call for business ideas that protect African wildlife, ecosystems

The African Leadership University has launched an innovation challenge to develop new commercial ideas for rural livelihoods that protect biodiversity. Wildlife tourism is the best-known “conservation business,” but it’s unclear how much it directly contributes to funding conservation, even if it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants to the innovation challenge will develop non-tourism business […]

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Undraining the swamp: how rewilders have reclaimed golf courses and waterways

“In wildness,” declared Henry David Thoreau, “is the preservation of the world.” But what does wildness mean in the Anthropocene, an era in which, by definition, humanity’s influence reshapes the entire planet? In the Melbourne suburb of Elwood, the lawns of the old Elsternwick golf course no longer look quite so manicured, as the council […]

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Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts, study finds

Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity, according to a new study. The Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among animals that would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes, zoo-based conservation and formal legal protections since 1993, research led by scientists […]

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Renewable energy expands in the UK, leads to lower emissions, lower costs

Renewable energy is expanding fast in the United Kingdom, slashing carbon emissions and electricity costs across the board, according to recently published government figures. Carbon emissions from UK electricity production dropped by more than a third during the coronavirus lockdown, as the expansion of renewables continues. The carbon intensity of the energy grid reached 21 […]

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