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5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis

1) Start the discussion Research shows that the average individual makes about 35,000 decisions every day. Imagine if you placed a climate action lens over even a small percentage of these choices? What to eat? Where to shop? What to buy? Where to work? What candidate to vote for? Your choices matter. And the people you interact with on a daily basis (in real life and in your online presence) are watching your actions. When you consider the climate crisis in your decision-making, others notice. Discussion begins, and the effect of your decision is multiplied. The reason that brands recruit influencers to wear their clothes, drive their cars and visit their hotels is because they know that people are more likely to follow the preferences of those they relate to or aspire to emulate. We all have peer groups – those who travel within the same circles. With each climate-friendly decision you make, you start a discussion among these groups about why you chose to drive an electric vehicle,…

Business unusual: four innovations to clear the air

As a global movement to tackle air pollution gathers pace, innovators are rising to the challenge, unveiling products and technologies that remove some of the dangerous toxins that are seeping into our lungs and accelerating climate change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year around 7 million premature deaths are caused by air pollution. That’s 800 people dying every hour. But the good news is that there is a growing public understanding that action must be taken. Here are four innovative businesses and their cutting-edge technologies to beat air pollution: Special paint gives Mexican murals super powers Mexico City may be infamous for its smog but it’s also renowned for its murals, and now the two have come together in a startlingly innovative way. The Absolut Street Trees initiative involves artists painting giant murals in the city using Airlite paint, which purifies polluted air in a process similar to photosynthesis. One of the murals—a giant 35-metre tre…

What causes Air Pollution?

Air pollution may seem complex, but we can all do our part to reduce some of it. Understanding the different types of pollution, and how it affects our health and environment will help us take steps towards improving the air around us. Click on the icons to find out more about the main types of air pollution. AGRICULTURE HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRY TRANSPORT WASTE

This is what would happen to the natural world if all the insects disappeared

Emeritus Professor of Entomology, , University of Bath There are an awful lot of insects. It’s hard to say exactly how many because 80% haven’t yet been described by taxonomists, but there are probably about 5.5m species. Put that number together with other kinds of animals with exoskeletons and jointed legs, known collectively as arthropods – this includes mites, spiders and woodlice – and there are probably about 7m species in all. Despite their ubiquity in the view of the natural world. kingdom, a recent report warned of a “bugpocalypse”, as surveys indicated that insects everywhere are declining at an alarming rate. This could mean the extinction of 40% of the world’s insect species over the next few decades. What is particularly worrying is that we don’t know exactly why populations are declining. Agricultural intensification and pesticides are likely a big part of the problem, but it’s certainly more complicated than that, and habitat loss and climate change could also play a pa…

Bihar, India: How we celebrated a community, and helped them take action on lead poisoning

It was a day to remember. The celebration in the public town square of Karmalichak, a community in Patna, in the state of Bihar, India, was not only fun, but potentially life-changing. Organized by our local partner, the Institute of Environment and Eco-Development (IEED), the event was promoted as a festive social gathering, but its real purpose was to educate residents about deadly lead poisoning, and to celebrate the cleanup of lead contamination in their town. A local theater troupe perform a play about the dangers of lead. Hundreds showed up. They came with their friends and families, with babies in tow. There was food, music, dancing, and songs and skits performed on a stage.  The media showed up with cameras, local leaders gave speeches, and even the Mayor of Patna attended.
The Mayor of Patna speaks to the audience. For years, the residents of Karmalichak, including about 300 children, have lived with toxic lead. It was in their homes, streets, playgrounds, and schools. Yet fe…

Adidas joins the fight against plastic

Adidas is racing to make its products more sustainable. The global sportswear maker said Monday that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024. The pledge to eliminate the use of "virgin" plastic, which was first reported by the Financial Times, includes polyester. Used in everything from t-shirts to sports bras, the material is popular in sportswear because it dries quickly and weighs little. Adidas(ADDDF)also said it would stop using virgin plastic in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centers, a move that would save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.

We need to deep clean the oceans. Here's how to pay for it

The world’s oceans are running out of breath. In the past 50 years, we have lost nearly half our coral reefs and mangrove forests and the size of marine populations has halved. A third of global fish stocks are already depleted. If these trends continue, it is estimated that there will be no stocks left for commercial fishing by 2048 in the Asia-Pacific region alone. By 2050, the oceans might contain more plastic than fish by weight and 90% of coral reefs may be lost. The “blue economy”, which includes livelihoods and other economic benefits derived from oceans, is estimated at between $3 trillion to $6 trillion per year globally. The oceans contribute significantly to the gross domestic product of many developing countries - as much as 13% in Indonesia and 19% in Viet Nam. Thirty-four million people in the Asia Pacific region are engaged in commercial fishing. In Southeast Asia alone, the export value of the fish caught in 2015 was $19.5 billion. But the cost of overfishing far exce…

food waste causing more greenhouse gas than plastic

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Food waste is a bigger cause of climate change than plastics, according to Zero Waste Scotland. The government-funded body has urged people to cut down the amount of unwanted food they put in the bin. When food waste ends up in landfill it rots, producing methane gas, one of the most damaging greenhouse gases driving climate change. Research by Zero Waste Scotland found that 456,000 tonnes of food waste was collected in Scotland in 2016. About 224,000 tonnes of plastic waste was collected that year. Zero Waste Scotland has launched a Food Waste Reduction Action Plan with the Scottish government in an attempt to reduce food waste across Scotland by a third by 2025. 'Seriously damaging' Chief executive Iain Gulland said: "It might seem bizarre but scraping that leftover lasagne, mince or salad from your plate into the bin is seriously damaging the planet, because when those scraps of pasta and lettuce which you never got around to eating end up i…

Environmental Law

The Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) was established in 1993 as an integral part of WWF-India. Apart from handling and furthering WWF-India's conservation work involving policy analysis, campaigning and legal interventions on environmental issues, CEL serves as a resource centre for teaching environmental law and research in national, regional and international context.

To implement its programmes CEL is building functional and professional linkages with the Government agencies and non-governmental organizations in India as well as at the regional and international levels. CEL receives support from Government of India and various national and international organizations including multilateral funding agencies.  Activities of CEL Undertakes capacity development of institutions in the field of environmental law.Conducts research on various enviro-legal issues.Supports the legal dimension of WWF-India's mission, which often entails legal interventions.Conducts Diploma in Environ…