5 species that stand to lose the most if the US allows drilling in the Arctic Refuge

5 species that stand to lose the most if the US allows drilling in the Arctic Refuge

Scientists say 2019 was the warmest year ever recorded in Alaska, and it’s causing big problems for polar bears. Climate change is melting sea ice, making it more difficult to travel and hunt. That’s forcing more bears on land, including denning mothers. The sub-population of polar bears in the Arctic Refuge is already in a major decline. Polar bear population measures taken in 2006 and again in 2010 showed a…

China ramps up wildlife trade ban as COVID-19 outbreak intensifies

China ramps up wildlife trade ban as COVID-19 outbreak intensifies

Though trade in pangolins and pangolin products is banned in China, there exists a massive demand for pangolin meat and scales for use in traditional medicine. Image: China has banned the trade and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 2,700 lives and infected more than 81,000 people, most of them in China, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. A temporary…

Recurrent oil leaks sighted off the coast of Indonesia

Recurrent oil leaks sighted off the coast of Indonesia

A satellite image of an oil spill off the coast of Indonesian city Idy Rayeuk in Aceh, Sumatra. The leak was first noticed by a Spanish oil detection firm in November 2019. Further leaks from the same location were noticed this week. Image: Orbital EOS An oil spill has been spotted off the coast of Indonesia. The leaks were first sighted near the coast of Idy Rayeuk, a city in…

Purpose over profit—are B-Corps the future of sustainable business?

Purpose over profit—are B-Corps the future of sustainable business?

Brazilian beauty brand Natura, which owns Britain’s Body Shop, was the first publicly listed company to achieve the B certification in 2014, blazing a trail for others. Image: Natura To B or not to B is a question ethically-minded businesses around the world are increasingly asking themselves. From fashion to finance, thousands of businesses have opted to be certified as B Corporations – those that balance profit with purpose –…

Vietnam airline called out for greenwash promotion: ‘Protect our planet – fly with Vietjet’

Vietnam airline called out for greenwash promotion: ‘Protect our planet – fly with Vietjet’

VietJet’s promotion is offering tourists opportunities to “fly green with Vietjet”. Image: VietJet A sales promotion for low-cost Vietnamese airline VietJet has been called out for greenwashing. The budget carrier’s “50% discount special promotion” is appealing to earth-conscious customers to fly with the airline in a bid to help the planet. The promotion, which is running from February 20 until April 27, offers half-price fares in Vietnam and other destinations in…

Q&A with Shell: ‘Most things we did were the right things at the right time’

Shell has the ambition to be a leader in the clean energy transition. But how effective will its renewable power business be in shrinking its vast climate footprint? Image: There are few topics as polarising as the role of oil and gas giants in the climate emergency. Given their track records and annual reports that show investments are still overwhelmingly channelled into oil and gas projects, accusations of greenwashing are well-founded.…