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Tag: environment

BlackRock’s Larry Fink must think again over tackling climate crisis | Nils Pratley | Business

Here’s a good question for Larry Fink, the BlackRock billionaire, to address when he dispatches his lofty annual “dear CEO” letter in the new year. Is his firm guilty of “greenwashing”? In other words, is the world’s biggest fund manager, with an astonishing $7tn of assets under its roof, posing as a pioneer of climate …

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Christmas tree prices rise as drought and fire hit crops, farms close

Roberto Marques carries a tree as he helps a customer shop for a Christmas tree in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images It’s the focal point of a magical holiday for many American families: the Christmas tree, adorned with ornaments and bright lights. But for farmers, it’s an agricultural crop that they grow and …

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Ikea to invest $220 million to make it a ‘climate positive business’

Ikea flags are seen in Krakow, Poland on 6 June, 2017. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Beata Zawrzel | NurPhoto | Getty Images The Inter Ikea Group has said it will invest 200 million euros ($220 million) to accelerate its transition into what it describes as a “climate positive business.” In an announcement …

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UK supermarkets ‘not transparent enough’ about pesticide use | Business

Many UK supermarkets are not being transparent with shoppers about the use of potentially harmful pesticides in their global supply chains, according to a report. In an analysis rating the top 10 retailers, Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) says some are not doing enough to protect human health and the environment from hazardous pesticides …

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Ikea steps up drive to become carbon neutral with extra €200m | Business

Ikea’s parent company is to invest an additional €200m (£171m) in green energy and forest planting as part of a plan by the world’s largest furniture retailer to become carbon neutral by 2030. The investment is being made by Inter Ikea Group, the owner of the Ikea brand which is operated by a string of …

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Atomo, a Seattle start-up, is out to reverse-engineer the coffee bean

Coffee comes in many forms — hot, cold, flavored and decaffeinated. But the idea of coffee without the bean —well that’s something new. It’s called “molecular coffee.” Atomo, a start-up located just blocks from the famous Starbucks in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, said it’s reverse-engineered the coffee bean. And if you’re wondering why, you’re not …

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Is carbon neutrality the silver bullet fashion has been hoping for? | Fashion

Tiny clutch bags, conceptual knitwear and carbon neutrality – the ideas that fashion chooses to embrace each season aren’t always those you might expect. But thanks to a recent shift, no doubt spurred on by the “Greta Thunberg effect”, carbon – as well as the practice of offsetting it – has become a hot topic …

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John Lewis trucks to run on carbon-neutral cow manure | Environment

Hundreds of John Lewis delivery trucks will begin running on cow power from 2021 as the retailer weans its fleet off polluting diesel fuel and switches to carbon-neutral cow manure. The retailer will begin using renewable biomethane made from manure slurry for almost 300 John Lewis and Waitrose delivery vans under new plans from its …

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Britain’s biggest grocer wants to get rid of a billion plastic pieces

Tolga Akmen | AFP | Getty Images Major U.K. grocery chain Tesco announced plans to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic from its own-brand products in its U.K. stores by the end of 2020. The firm said Friday it would be making several changes to get rid of plastic. It will remove plastic trays used …

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Tesco moves to cut out plastic from range of own-brand products | Business

Tesco is ditching plastic ready-meal trays, yoghurt pot lids, straws and loose fruit bags in the latest stage of its drive to cut out non-recyclable packaging. The UK’s biggest supermarket chain is aiming to remove 1bn pieces of plastic by the end of next year from its own-label products. The move comes after Tesco admitted …

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