Mediterranean countries need to prepare for tsunamis

Although tsunamis happen less frequently in the Mediterranean than in other regions of the world, authorities underestimate the gravity of the tsunami threat in this region, and surveys show Mediterranean populations are not sufficiently alert to the dangers. 

Recycled cabinets from kitchen maker Schmidt

French kitchen and interior design company Schmidt has launched a new collection made using recycled materials, as customers are increasing pressure on kitchen manufacturers to offer eco friendly designs. The Origin range offers 100 per cent recycled wood carcasses and front panels, available in two colours. The look is practical, natural and warm with an industrial influence. Units are made from recycled melamine high density particle board, with distinctive woven, wood and metallic effects. 


E-waste: recycle, don't dump

A study by music Magpie visualises the monthly production of e-waste worldwide to demonstrate the true scale of the problem.

Research reveals the UK produces the equivalent of 51 Blackpool Towers of e-waste a month - that’s a staggering 133,141 tonnes of this waste. And it may come a surprise to find nearly 80 per cent of Brits don't know what e-waste is.

Per capita, the countries producing the most e-waste annually are:

Sustainable furniture production grows in US

US furniture manufacturers and retailers have responded to guidance that helps protect forests and contributes to the sustainable use of wood and other materials, according to a new report. The 2021 Wood Furniture Scorecard from the National Wildlife Federation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council assessed 118 furniture retailers on their wood sourcing policies. 

UN launches #TheHumanRace against the climate crisis clock

To get the world racing against the climate crisis clock, the UN’s humanitarian office, UNOCHA, is launching #TheHumanRace – a global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries and those hardest hit by climate change.

The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that people and humanitarian organizations on the front lines cannot manage.

Sustainability design and construction showroom opens in London

If we're to meet our net zero goals, our towns and cities must use far more sustainable materials than concrete and glass. So whether your project is small or large, domestic or contract, sustainability must be at its core as much as aesthetics - which is where the new Edge showroom can help. The approx 2,400 sq ft space covers three floors showcasing the latest green building materials and products, with collaborative workspaces and expert staff on hand to advise professionals and members of the public alike. 

Best cities for recycling

Top 15 greenest cities in the world, based on recycling rates:
1. Vancouver - Canada’s shining jewel when it comes to recycling, the city of Vancouver has increased its rate from 40 to over 60 per cent in just over a decade, with a goal of 80 per cent. The city does this by making recycling part of the circular economy and innovative schemes that reward businesses which upcycle or reuse materials.

Gabon receives payments for cutting emissions

The first payment to Gabon is part of the breakthrough agreement between the west African country and the multi-donor UN-hosted Central African Forest Initiative’s (CAFI) in 2019 for a total of $150 million over 10 years.  

After independent experts verified Gabon's results from reduced deforestation and forest degradation caused by forestry activities, the payment of $17 million has been made, which rewards Gabon's reductions in 2016-17, compared to annual emission levels from 2006-15.

Football Rebooted: reuse and recycle football boots

If your kids were into football during their childhood and teens, they'll have got through a fair few pairs of boots. Lots of us keep meaning to do something with them but they just pile up and we push them to the back of a cupboard. Which is mad because kids outgrow their boots before the boot is worn, meaning there are millions of pairs of football boots in excellent condition in homes up and down the land.