It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.
Author: Jan Lee
KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts — and their coffee. That’s why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle’s Best Coffee — complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.
The Detroit water shutoffs continue to grow each month, with the number surpassing 30,000 since January 2014. It’s given rise to international protests and criticism, but it has also spawned an awesome community network of volunteers and businesses working to ensure no one in Detroit goes without water.
Duke Energy has submitted a plea bargain in response to federal charges that it illegally discharged coal ash and wastewater into North Carolina river systems. Environmental groups are hailing the announcement.
Harvard University is feeling the pressure these days. More than 1,200 students and faculty have backed a suit by a coalition of students to force Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels. The judge’s response to the case, which was heard last Friday suggested this isn’t an open-and-shut issue, either. Climate change and fossil fuel investments are now a real topic for discussion in university boardrooms, just as much as they are in the classrooms they represent.
Six months after billions of gallons of tailings waste barreled into the Fraser River watershed in British Columbia, Canada, local Aboriginal communities are taking the law into their own hands. They are enforcing the first-ever comprehensive mining policies for Native Peoples. The British Columbia government hasn’t commented on the regulations yet, but one thing is for sure: the voices are being heard loud and clear.
The derailments of two cargo trains earlier this week are spurring debate about whether crude oil shipments have a place on the rails that pass through America’s small towns.
With progressives solidly in charge of Richmond, California’s mayoral office, environmentalists are calling for changes at Chevron Corp., the owner of the city’s massive refinery. They want political contributions stopped, the CEO fired and better environmental practices. To this end, they’ve joined forces with Chevron shareholders to propose sweeping changes at the next annual shareholders meeting. Will the company cave? Who knows, but their demands are certainly being heard, and couldn’t come at a more sensitive time for the oil industry.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s third-annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is a compendium of accomplishments that points to the fact that the renewable energy sector is finally making strides. At 144 pages in length, it’s more than quadrupled the size and scope of last year’s Factbook.
Two years ago, it wasn’t your common cure. But today, the nonprofit OpenBiome’s services are in great demand by doctors and hospitals. And its treatments, which have been known to cure one of the most common ailments of today relies on an even more common substance: poop.
The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in the Sunshine State. These dangers may only get worse, with the possibility of hydraulic fracturing setting up business in the state’s sensitive south region.
Disney reportedly won’t play ball with the Obama administration, which has asked for the company to use its blockbuster “Frozen” to educate kids about climate change. But is it the kids, or is it the adults, that need to learn about this threat? And who would be better to pitch this than the very age group that Disney listens to the most?
H&M’s CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, has a message for retail customers: If you want to encourage global sustainability, don’t stop buying things. It isn’t consumption that’s the problem, but the way we’re doing it.
The state is appealing a District Court ruling that could limit its ability to control the way power is supplied by Minnesota utility companies. Both the renewable energy sector and coal companies in North Dakota have a lot riding on the outcome.