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Sustainability News 21st August

The latest sustainability news from the Green Elephant for 21st August 2020.

Top stories:

Facebook tells Elizabeth Warren it has two different standards for climate fact-checking
Facebook left 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid off the coast of Oregon
World’s highest temperature, 130F, recorded in Death Valley
New Research Shows Companies Could Save $46 Billion with More Sustainable Packaging
The millions being made from cardboard theft
EPA loosens restrictions on methane emissions

Company News:

Google Issues Largest Corporate Sustainability Bond of Any Company in History
Ralph Lauren Corporation Invests in Natural Fiber Upcycling
JetBlue Achieves Carbon Neutrality for Domestic US Flights
The Pandemic is Accelerating Growth in ESG Investments
Diving for a plastic-free future

Tech News:

This man turns discarded coffee cups into roads
Bald eagle attacks government drone and sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan
Impossible Foods gobbles up $200 million in new funding to bring fake meat to the masses
Boost for offshore wind ambitions

Other sustainability news:

Gates estimates 3 million people could die by 2100 if climate change is not stopped
One of England’s last coalmines to close near Durham
Another two years lost to climate inaction, says Greta Thunberg
Cod are disappearing due to global warming

Fact or Fake:

  1. Trees need wind to survive (fake they only need it to stand up)
  2. There are four main types of rock: igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary and plastic (fact, plastic recently discovered by scientists)
  3. 137 different species become extinct every day (fact unfortunately)
  4. Sales of single use carriers bags have dropped by 100% in the UK since 2015 (fake – the real number is 95%)

Too much packaging:

Russell mentioned a book he received with WAY too much packaging:

Example of Way Too Much Packaging

And finally:

Rare large blue butterflies reintroduced in Gloucestershire
Elephant population in Kenya has doubled since 1989


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