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    Question Do people who don't care about their own health also care less about everything else?

    When writing about dangerous chemicals found in American fast food, it made me wonder why so many people eat that kind of junk food on a regular basis. I am in my 40s and I have always known since my childhood that junk food like McDonald's is bad for health. It's common knowledge in Belgium...
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    Sustainability Beef consumption slightly decreasing in many European countries

    About 9% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the methane emitted from cattle flatulence. Additionally, large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are being destroyed (usually burned) to expand cattle ranching. Tropical deforestation itself is responsible for 10% of global warming, and...
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    Spanish bank launches account that pays you interest if you run or walk

    The Local : Spanish bank launches account that pays you interest if you run or walk "Spanish bank Abanca has launched a savings account that rewards customers with interest for running and walking — as long as they meet their daily step targets. The B100 'Healthy Banking' account pays...
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    Sustainability Share of electric buses by country in Europe

    Air pollution is definitely not something desirable in our cities and vehicles are the main culprit in developed countries. This has been one of the arguments in favour of hybrid and electric vehicles. The other argument is that EV are better for the climate, although I have cast doubt about the...
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    Nature Recommended documentary : Our Planet

    I strongly recommend this superb WWF documentary narrated by David Attenborough. It is available on Netflix. One full episode is also available on YouTube. More information on OurPlanet.com.
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    Nature Is your bank one of those financing the Amazon destruction & extinction of species?

    Is your bank one of those financing the Amazon destruction & extinction of species? My latest article. Don't be complicit. Know what your bank is doing and choose a better bank if yours is evil.
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    Climate change How worried are you about climate change?

    A new study found that 75% of young people were worried about Climate Change and many suffer from climate anxiety. I am among them. What about you? https://twitter.com/ElisaPeter/status/1446155796560101379 https://twitter.com/Avaaz/status/1447139935715266561
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    Climate change Beef production causes 5x more greenhouse gas emissions than all air travel!

    If you want to fight climate change, reducing beef consumption or completely stopping it would be far more effective than purchasing an electric car or cancelling your holiday plans abroad. Check this article. The Economist: Treating beef like coal would make a big dent in greenhouse-gas...
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    Climate change How many trees are needed to compensate 1 tonne of CO2?

    Calculating the numbers of trees that need to be planted to offset one's carbon emissions is not as straightforward as it seems. It depends on the variety of trees planted, but also on the age of the trees, since older and bigger trees absorb more CO2 than saplings. A tree needed to survive for...
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    Climate change What is the carbon footprint of a new petrol, hybrid and electric car?

    For most people having a car represents the biggest share of one's personal carbon footprint. Unless one travels a lot by plane, few other consumables generate nearly as much CO2. Driving 15,000 km per year (a bit less than 10,000 miles) with a petrol car generates as much CO2 as home heating...
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    Sustainability These are the most sustainable oil companies based on climate transition scores

    This ranking is from the article Integrated European Majors Lead on Preparedness for a Low-Carbon World Among 39 Global O&G Companies. The BI carbon score is based on the reduction in operational emissions intensity and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The BNEF business model score is...
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    Nuclear Energy

    Why are many environmentalists against nuclear energy, even though it's more clear than other mainstream energy sources, while it's also way more effective than the mainstream "green" sources?
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    New maps of the USA

    Over the years I have created dozens of maps of Europe to help visualise the cultural, political, socio-economic, legal or lifestyle differences between countries. I thought it would be interesting to make similar maps for the United States, using the same scales and colours to facilitate...
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    Sustainability Vote to ban forest destroying products in EU

    The European Union is considering a new law to ban the sale of products linked to deforestation and ecosystem destruction. Let’s make sure it passes, to save our Earth’s forests! Join the campaign to support the new law: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/eu_stop_deforestation_loc/ To the...
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    Climate change Is it too late to stop climate change?

    Here are two great videos from Kurzgezagt.
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    Climate change Which airlines are the most environmentally friendly?

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has estimated that aviation is responsible for around 3.5 percent of anthropogenic climate change. That may not seem much, but it's important to tackle global warming on every front as the situation has been deteriorating really fast over the...
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    Sustainability How to choose the best chocolate for your health and for the planet?

    In 2015, 3 million tonnes of cocoa beans were harvested to produce chocolate, and demand has been increasing by 2 to 5% each year. The global consumption of chocolate in 2019 reached 7.7 million metric tonnes (i.e. 7.7 billion kg - approximately 1 kg for each person in the world). Cocoa is...
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    Climate change Many countries set to ban sales of petrol/diesel cars by 2030 or 2040

    It may come as a shock to many of you, but one European country has already banned the sales of new petrol/diesel cars this year: Austria. Wikipedia keeps a list of countries that plan to phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles. After Austria, it is Norway who is going to follow suit in 2025. The...
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    Climate change China to become carbon neutral by 2060

    This is great news. To put this in perspective, the EU, Canada, South Korea and many other countries aim to become climate-neutral by 2050, but the USA hasn't set any deadline yet. Within the EU some countries plan to reach carbon neutrality earlier, such as Finland (in 2035), Austria (in 2040)...
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    Nature Stand.Earth denounces European banks financing trade of Amazon oil to USA

    A groundbreaking report by Stand.Earth and Amazon Watch exposes a range of European banks have provided $10 billion USD in trade financing for over 155 million barrels of oil from the Ecuadorian region of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters to refineries in the U.S. Why in the world would any bank...