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A feed from Planet Experts, a media platform enabling renowned Experts and NGOs to directly impart to the public their unfiltered research, informed opinions and technological breakthroughs, with the common goal of harnessing the power of media to shift the status quo and achieve radical sustainability.


 

22 June 2018. Time’s Up for Plastic

The proliferating plastic trash crisis calls for drastic measures— ‘out’ the worst offenders, demand brand accountability, then bust the myth about biodegradable plastics being the fix. Plastic keeps making headlines. Recently it was a disturbing report that found 94% of tap water samples from around the U.S. were contaminated with plastic microfibers. Then came the...

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15 June 2018. Seeking Refuge from the Storm: ten things I learned from kayaking in Bangladesh

Photos by MONTY. World Refugee Day is celebrated every June 20: this UN initiative was set up to raise awareness about the situation of refugees worldwide. The media tends to focus on refugees displaced by dramatic violence or war, but in the coming decades by far the largest number will comprise ‘climate refugees.’ Meaning those...

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14 June 2018. Manhattan Beach Passes Historic Ban on Single-Use Plastic Straws, Stirrers, and Utensils to Reduce Plastic Pollution

The Manhattan Beach City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the sale, distribution and use of single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers, and plastic utensils within the City during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in order to protect the environment from plastic pollution. “We have the opportunity to be environmental leaders and take...

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8 June 2018. Plastic Pollution is Rising, But So Are We!

By Lisa Kaas Boyle and David Helvarg The inaugural March for the Ocean — which will be held on Saturday, June 9th in our nation’s capitol, with sister marches around the globe — has an appropriate call to action: ‘The Ocean is Rising, and So are We.’ Unfortunately, so too is a wave of unrelenting plastic...

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7 May 2018. Plan Bee for Refugees

May 20, 2018 marks the first ever celebration of World Bee Day, an FAO initiative. Why devote a special day to bees? Because without them, humans would likely not survive. Bees are by far the most important pollinators on the planet. In this piece, beekeeping provides much-needed income for a remote Tibetan refugee camp, high...

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23 April 2018. Nepal’s Last Wild River

The Karnali in western Nepal is the nation’s longest river. It flows gloriously free for now, to the benefit of rafting tourism and the people and wild animals that depend on its waters – but for how much longer? Chinese and Indian megadam builders are closing in on the mighty river. Megh Ale, the Karnali...

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11 April 2018. The Connection Between Environment, Conflict and Security

There are two directions the connection between conflict and the environment can take that influence security.  The degradation of the environment can cause conflict and a reduction in security; or conflict can destroy the resources and services provided by the environment, which also compromises security. Conflict influences the environment by direct damage as well as...

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3 April 2018. Darwin, Guns and School Safety

Darwin firmly established that no species can survive if it does not ensure that its offspring reach reproductive adulthood. Where are the priorities of the richest nation on Earth when it comes to protecting its children? The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King brought major firearms legislation within 5...

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2 April 2018. Why Business Should Support Regulation

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” – Native American Saying, Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, 2009 Perhaps you have heard this warning. This principle of how greed in taking natural resources will leave us bankrupt of...

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20 March 2018. Join the Rising Tide Summit at AltaSea

There’s a big problem facing our planet today, and yet many aren’t talking about it. The beautiful little blue ball that we all live on is 71 percent ocean, but its dire state continues to be neglected by the majority of society. What is the world without its ocean? In a world of trouble. The...

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9 March 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smaller-Scale Systems

Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Policy, politics and popular opinion sometimes have little relationship to scientific knowledge. Modern science has grown so sophisticated that it has become difficult for the public and apparently some government officials to understand. Without understanding, it should be...

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19 February 2018. Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Geothermal Power

I recently visited the small town in Oregon where I was born. December in Klamath Falls had left snow drifts up to the window sills. Strangely, the sidewalks were completely free of snow. Geothermal hot water was circulating under them as part of a $338 million stimulus for over 100 projects nationwide. The City Hall...

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