Calling in the Pros When a DIY Fails

Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. You may recall last year that my husband and I remodeled our master bath. It turned out beautiful and I am still in love with how fresh and welcoming it is compared to the dark closet it used to be. Of course, transparency requires me to share that one year later the job is still not 100% done. The framing around the door is still missing. One small section of the wall

My Favorite Heat Protectant is….

affiliate link That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 7.2.18 Question of the Week: How do you protect your hair from damage in the summer? Answer: I tend to use my flat iron more in the summer. So any damage I might get is all from heat styling. (I wish it was from the pool or the beach; much more fun!) My favorite heat protectant Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray ($27, 5.5.oz) because it not only protects, it leaves my hair super shiny too. Here’s

Asda, Unilever, AstraZeneca Among Funders of New University of Cambridge SDG-Focused Fellowships

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced a major new partnership with leading companies today with the launch of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Corporate and individual donors are sponsoring up to 15 academic fellows to identify breakthrough solutions to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and

Dove, Nike, Hershey’s Among Millennials’, Gen Z’s Most Trusted Brands

The erosion of trust among consumers – and especially young consumers bucketed as Millennials or Gen Z – is top-of-mind for brands fighting for brand loyalty in a world with the highest youth population in history. How to use transparency, social media and influencer marketing are important considerations for brands in an era where purpose and values increasingly determine where the next generations want to work and spend their money. Are young people finding the authenticity and trust they seek from brands? The short answer is yes, and they do consider themselves loyal to at least one brand they find

You Look Great…For Your Age. Umm, Thanks?

press sample affiliate link RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème Review Although it’s not commonly seen as one, this is a backhanded compliment: “You look great…for your age.” How many of us have heard that? Ever since entering my late 30’s (and now almost 41) it is something

Could fines be the green watchdog’s sharpest teeth?

This post is by Andy Jordan and Brendan Moore, who are respectively the co-chair and manager of the Brexit&Environment academic network. The EU Withdrawal Bill has finally received Royal Assent. Around 200 hours were spent debating it. These discussions clarified some aspects of governance post-Brexit, but left many others open, chiefly those around the enforcement powers of the proposed green

Why the Road to Zero strategy won’t do the job

The government published its Road to Zero strategy this week, as a pathway to decarbonise the road transport sector, the source of a quarter of the UK’s annual carbon emissions. The strategy also aims to show how this transition will make Britain a global leader in low carbon vehicles and their associated infrastructure. How does it measure up? The Committee

3 challenges in reporting climate resilience and how to overcome them

Short-term climate risk analyses just aren’t cutting it anymore.

How to make wealth from waste on a crowded planet

Earth’s growing population is adding mountains of organic waste. Can businesses clean up and cash in?

Unilever Calls for Reform in Influencer Marketing; Brings #Unstereotype Vision to Life Through Dance

At the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this week, Unilever announced commitments to improve transparency in its influencer marketing and called on industry to similarly help improve authenticity, build consumer trust and improve brands’ ability to measure impact. The scale and scope of influencer marketing is growing at pace and holds increasing importance in the marketing mix as a way for brands to reach consumers, but practices such as fake followers, bots, fraud or dishonest business models can erode

One Size Does Not Fit All: Brands Creating Bespoke ‘Purpose’ Strategies

At SB’18 Vancouver, over 2,000 representatives from our global community of sustainability practitioners, brand strategists, product and service innovators, thought leaders and other change-makers converged to share their latest insights on a multitude of themes pertinent to all of those committed to improving business around the world. Here, we dig into how brands are finding unique ways to embed social

What will the Clean Air Strategy really do for people and nature?

This post is by Jenny Hawley, senior policy officer at Plantlife. Debate around the government’s Clean Air Strategy has been focused on whether it will cut the roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution from city traffic. But it is also supposed to take a long overdue look at other air quality issues. Since the last Air Quality Strategy in 2007, new

Unfinished business at the conclusion of the Brexit bill

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is rapidly approaching the end of its parliamentary journey, but it does so with a distinct whiff of unfinished business in relation to the environment. At the outset, the environment was largely absent from the government’s narrative. There was little recognition of the governance gap that would be created upon the UK’s exit from the EU,

Climate change doesn’t have to be polarizing

30 years ago global warming became front-page news — and both Republicans and Democrats took it seriously.

10 things you should know about Bloom Energy’s IPO

Commercializing energy technologies is capital-intensive, but big corporate accounts are showing a growing interest in distributed power.

5 ways that climate change affects the ocean

Human Nature examines some of the ways that climate change affects life in the oceans — and what that means for humanity.

In Indonesia, villagers find innovative ways to adapt to climate change

A new study shows that using nature to adapt to intense storms and drought can be affective for thriving in a changing climate.

Forget the Duck Curve. Renewables Integration in the Midwest Is a Whole Other Animal

In the Great Plains, wind energy is cheap. Crazy cheap. With the lowest levelized costs approaching $10 per megawatt-hour and thousands of megawatts being procured for under $20 per megawatt-hour, PPAs for new wind farms cost less than just the fuel required to run existing coal or natural gas plants. These economics have driven a wind boom in the region: renewable energy made up three-fourths of the new capacity built in the Upper Midwest in the last five years, and virtually all of the region’s active projects in the

Climate, labor issues roil coffee sector: report

Climate change, poor labor conditions and the uneven distribution of value within the coffee sector are brewing a triple shot of trouble for coffee.

What Financiers Need to Unlock $1 Trillion in Renewable Energy Investment

Under the right conditions financial institutions say they could double their planned investments in the U.S. renewable energy sector, with the potential to mobilize $1 trillion in cumulative private capital by 2030. In a business as usual case, investor confidence in the U.S. renewables market is expected to remain high over the next three years, according to a new survey by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Looking further out, growth

Saving the mangroves to save the clams — and a way of life

A community in Colombia ensures their mangroves and clams are around well into the future.

Tiny shrimp could influence global climate changes

When we think of global warming and climate change, most of us ignore the impacts that animals have on the environment. Climate affects animals, but is the reverse true? Can animals affect the climate? I don’t know how to answer that question definitively, but I was fortunate enough to read a very recent paper from a top fluid dynamics research team from Stanford. The team, led by Dr. John Dabiri, is well known for their work on bio-inspired flow. Part of what they study is the influence of living organisms on fluid flow, especially flow of water in the oceans. This team’s recent work deals with something called aggregate motion of swimmers and it was published in

In Focus: Season 3, Episode 4 – Big city, green living – Cronkite News

Cronkite NewsIn Focus: Season 3, Episode 4 – Big city, green livingCronkite NewsIn the fourth episode of season three, we meet people who are trying to make the urban environment of the Phoenix area more sustainable. We'll ride along with a bike share company that allows subscribers to leave their bikes anywhere and meet some …