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Unexpected Climate Change, Racist green movement, Fouremme, Cocaine Hippos - Sustainability News 20th January

The latest sustainability news, fun, facts and reviews from the Green Elephant for 20th January 2020.

Top stories:

01:10 – Hundreds of Pacific Islands are getting bigger despite global warming
03:10 – Can the “Great Green Wall” carry out Sankara’s ecological, pan-African dream?
05:29 – Climate change pushed ocean temperatures to record high in 2020, study finds
07:23 – Insects are vanishing at an alarming rate – but we can save them
16:43 – ‘The numbers don’t lie’: The green movement remains overwhelmingly white, report finds

11:02 Challenge update

IEEE recommendation for recycling electricals:
So after all of this we made some decisions on what we’re going to do with our old tech:

  • Apple 5S phone – donate
  • Bush TV sound bar – recycling
  • Sony microphone – sell
  • USB soundcard – sell
  • Loads of leads – recycle

If you’d like the old iPhone – drop us a note on why we should give it to you.

Company News:

21:37 – 8000Kicks: The World’s First Ethically-Made Waterproof Cannabis Sneakers
22:47 – Bridgestone Uses Big Data to Ensure Sustainable Supply of Rubber
24:01  – ButcherBox Becomes Largest Meat Brand to Earn B Corp Certification
25:09 – Nonprofit Washed Ashore crafts art and jewellery from ocean plastic
26:26 – Beyond Meat shares soar after inking deal with Taco Bell on new menu items
27:06 – Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations
28:42 – US regulators ask Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over media control unit failures

Sustainable Technology News:

30:09 – Construction to Begin on France’s Largest Renewable Hydrogen Production Site
31:17 – An ambitious new system will track scores of species from space
33:08 – Water networks need to get smart, says report

Other Sustainability News:

34:35 – 2 gorillas at the San Diego Zoo test positive for COVID-19
35:08 – Brazil environmental fines fall 20% as deforestation soars
36:55 – Light pollution: The dangers of bright skies at night
39:12 – United States Air Force Begins Construction on $403 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

40:37 Interview with Fouremme

We welcome Lara and Katia from Fouremme  onto the show to tells us about their London and Italy based sustainable fashion brand. We discuss slower fashion, quality, finding suppliers and more.

Find Fouremme: Instagram | Facebook | Website

01:02:13 Feedback

@sammycudds pointed us at a story about Scottish cycling brand Enduro who are planting a million trees a year.
@aalokrai1 nudged us to think more about chemicals saying: Humans also emit more than 250 billion tons of chemical compounds a year. This poisonous avalanche is hurting our world.

01:05:03 Behind the Scenes

Apologies for lack of video show as promised. But we are making a Planet Plug video ahead of our crowdfund. You can signup for updates at
Sharing our big ambitious goals:
    • Biggest sustainability show online
    • 1M on insta in 2021

Can you help us achieve either of these? What suggestions do you have? Let us know.

01:07:46 Recommendation

Films for the planet a fantastic resource of online movies and documentaries about sustainability issues.

01:09:17 Fact or Fake?

Sea level themed:

  1. If temperatures rise by 1.5degress C by 2100 as expected, this will mean a sea level rise of 30cm
  2. If all the ice that currently exists on Earth melted it would raise sea level by 216 feet.
  3. If sea levels rise as predicted approximately 200 million people can expect to see their homes submerged by 2100
  4. The country with the biggest percentage of its population at risk from rising sea levels is Vietnam
  5. If the ice in Greenland melts then Miami, Manhattan, London, Shanghai & Bombay would disappear under water

And finally:

01: 14:19 – Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Hippos Threaten to Take Over Colombia

Thanks for listening to this weeks sustainability show!.

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