(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The vote to exit the EU has certainly shaken things up in Britain. No one can say where this decision will eventually lead. One question on many peoples’ minds is what will the implications be on climate change?
Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, acted on her very first day to change the title of the former Department of Energy and Climate Change into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. That was obviously a change she considered important. But what does it mean exactly?
The initial reaction among environmental groups was near-panic. Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth UK, said, “This is shocking news. Less than a day into the job, and it appears that the new Prime Minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face.”
Politically, the move was not well liked, either. According to BBC News, Ed Miliband, a former Climate and Energy Secretary and ex-Labour leader, tweeted: "DECC abolition just plain stupid. Climate not even mentioned in new dept title. Matters because depts shape priorities shape outcomes."
Furthermore, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas called the move "deeply worrying." She considered the move to be downgrading the issue by throwing it “into the basement of another Whitehall department,” as opposed to giving it a seat “at the Cabinet table.”
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable chemistry is a process that stimulates innovation in order to develop, source and manage chemicals and related production processes in a way that improves human health and the environment. Understanding, collaboration, and trust-building between stakeholders across value chains are important to move toward sustainable chemical management.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Consumers are more emotionally driven about sustainable consumption of food than any other product. They increasingly want to know whether the food they are buying in the supermarket is locally grown, organic, GMO or pesticide-free. According to a survey by Cone Communications, 89 percent of American consumers consider where the product is made, and two-thirds would pay more for a local product.
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(3BL/JustMeans) The company that owns the fast food chains Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut takes green building seriously. Yum Brands is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has built over 30 LEED certified buildings in nine countries. The company’s LEED certification total was the second highest among restaurateurs in 2015.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Groundwater is the source of up to 60% of water supply in California. The state suffers from poor groundwater management, which has led to severe drops in groundwater levels, dry wells, gradual sinking of land in some locations, ecosystem die-outs and reduced stream flows. Inefficient data collection by local and state agencies about groundwater use is one of the factors contributing to this situation.