British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently caused a stir when he announced to a room full of schoolchildren that recycling plastic ”doesn’t work” (reported here). The PM’s comments upset some, but he did have a point. According to Sian Sutherland, A Plastic Planet co-founder, “less than 10% [of plastic waste] is actually recycled in the UK. Despite being touted by industry as a solution to the problem, all it has done is justify overproduction” (reported here).
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As the UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the world is focused on climate change and what actions we can take to address it. Recent analysis by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation which found meat and dairy accounts for 14.5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions — the same as all cars, HGVs, aircraft, and ships combined. A move towards more plant-based diets is therefore seen as a key factor for a more sustainable future.
The COP26 Special Report predicts that the implementation of a largely plant-based diet could help improve the climate battle. Fortunately, there are plenty of meat alternatives on the market.
At 90, William Shatner will be the oldest person to go to space tomorrow on board “New Shepard”, a reusable suborbital rocket system.
With increased interest in climate-neutral technologies, it is clear that storage of hydrogen is an area of significant, and increasing, research and development activity resulting in rapid growth in patent applications for hydrogen storage.
We are pleased to introduce our new newsletter, Sustainable Future: Exploring innovations for the Energy Transition and Circular Economy.
This week, we learned that questions relating to the use of post-filed data/evidence to support a technical effect will be referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.
Last month, LanzaTech announced a partnership with the athletic clothing retailer Lululemon to create a fabric using recycled carbon emissions.
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