Online retail giant Amazon has made a decisive move into food retail. The acquisition of US grocer Whole Foods, a pioneer in organic, healthy food shopping for well-off consumers, brings together two businesses with contrasting reputations. We’ve been here before. And it didn’t work out well.
In 1900, just 15% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%, which is a lot of people. In fact, it means around 4 billion human beings rely on urban infrastructure to keep them warm, mobile and clean.
As Lao Tzu once said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. So in looking for a starting point for my guest blog, I have decided to take a bold, frank stance to assume that you consider yourself ‘green’ simply because you are reading this blog; in which case you’ll tend to favour public transport, cycling and walking, which I must say is a fantastic start.
Experts will soon gather in Paris for the annual UN Climate Change Conference to discuss how to cut carbon emissions and halt temperature rises, but the principal contributor is likely to be left off the agenda. Environmental NGOs dare not discuss it, nor do policy makers.
The identity of this climate culprit shielded from scrutiny? Animal agriculture – the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, species extinction, habitat loss, ocean dead zones and pollution, responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all transport in the world combined.
The British Library, in collaboration with the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and audioBoom Ltd, need your help to create the first ever coastal soundmap of the UK. Mike Collins of the National Trust explains how you can get involved.