Last week summary

10 – 16 August Warm weather, as well as thunderstorms, has brought large groups of jellyfish near the British coasts. There have been many sights all over the country and in Ireland. The reason why this year they seem to be more abundant could be related to the increased number of plankton on which theyContinue reading “Last week summary”

The importance of butterflies

The 2020 Big Butterfly Count has come to an end on the 9th August. What a better moment to find out the ecological role played by this beautiful insect, if not now? Let’s find out, as always, together. The life cycle I have always been impressed and fascinated by the life cycle of butterflies. TheirContinue reading “The importance of butterflies”

Coffee: a sustainable drink?

Undoubtedly, coffee is one of the most common beverages consumed by human beings daily. The origin of this habit are remote and often forgotten but the pleasure of a hot cup of coffee in the morning has been delighting us for centuries now. Does this drink imply the environment? Let’s find out, as always, together.Continue reading “Coffee: a sustainable drink?”

What’s the carbon wedges approach?

Climate change is a complicated issue. Its reasons are to be found across different disciplines and become clear only when approaching them with a wide knowledge of multiple topics. This could discourage many of us but is there a way to make this approach simpler? Let’s find out, as always, together. Explanation In case youContinue reading “What’s the carbon wedges approach?”

Last week summary

Week 20 – 26 July 2020 Apple has come forward and hit the headlines of many newspaper by claiming its carbon neutrality by 2030. In another post, we analyzed how the UN nations were performing with their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and here a silicon valley’s giant has made its move. Apple claim thatContinue reading “Last week summary”

Are ruminants evil?

Ever since we started to understand the impact we are having on our Planet, many reasons have come to light. Some seemed more obvious than others, but what struck me most at the beginning was the impact that ruminants have on the environment. Are they evil? Let’s find out, as always, together. Ruminants are mammalsContinue reading “Are ruminants evil?”

Last week summary

Week 13 – 19 July 2020 In one post we talked about the impact of our diet on the environment. The Guardian explored the implications that our choices at the supermarket checkout have on the Planet, with focus on some in particular. Read the article -> Link. The Big Butterfly count has started in theContinue reading “Last week summary”

What’s the rebound effect?

Every time our species has faced a disfunction or an opportunity to improve existing technology, it has been done so. Throughout millennia, our society has grown as a consequence of these improvements, confident enough that we were better than before. Has it always been the case? Let’s find out, as always, together. From the past…Continue reading “What’s the rebound effect?”

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: are we on track?

In 2015, the United Nations published a comprehensive document outlining the goals to achieve sustainable development and fight inequalities of all kinds within 15 years. 5 years are gone now, how are we doing? Let’s find out, as always, together. The expression “sustainable development” is thought to have been first used in 1980 at theContinue reading “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: are we on track?”

Efficient buildings: is there such a thing?

If you’ve been looking for a flat recently you most certainly received a sheet of paper by the landlord or estate agent showing how efficient is the building you are about to move into. But is that house really efficient? Let’s find out, as always, together. When talking about buildings, the main concern that companiesContinue reading “Efficient buildings: is there such a thing?”