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?”

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?”

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?”

Book of the month – Letters to a young scientist

Happy July everyone! As announced a couple of days ago, today we will start our monthly tip for books worth reading. I hope you’ll stay with me throughout this journey. I decided to start with an inspiring and motivating book, written by Edward Wilson: “Letters to a young scientist”. Edward Wilson is a renowned entomologist,Continue reading “Book of the month – Letters to a young scientist”

Do you waste water?

Water has played an important part in our life since the beginning of our species. Have you ever thought about your water usage and compared to that of people living in different countries? Are your habits sustainable? Let’s find out, as always, together. CCWATER claims that households composed of 1 person in UK consume 149lContinue reading “Do you waste water?”

Plastic vs Paper: what’s worst?

It is common knowledge that plastic should be avoided when being able to choose between plastic packages over paper ones. Is it always true? What to consider when making this important choice? Let’s find out, as always, together. First, we need to understand that there are different varieties of plastic around. For today’s discussion, weContinue reading “Plastic vs Paper: what’s worst?”

What is a solstice?

Happy Summer everyone! Even though warm days came back for a while for many of you, summer officially starts today, June 20th¹. This day is also known as the summer solstice, but why we call it like that, and what happens today? Let’s find out, as always, together. The word solstice comes from the combinationContinue reading “What is a solstice?”