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Before Banning Plastic Straws, Try a Nudge

Dec 5, 2018 by Erin Sherman and Liam Speranza

“Plastic Straw Bans are Spreading.” “Here are the U.S. cities that have banned plastic straws so far.” “San Francisco board passes plastic straw ban.” You’ll find dozens of headlines like these in the news announcing the spread of plastic straw bans across the United States. Reducing unnecessary consumption has seemed increasingly urgent as a series … Read more.

Overcoming the “Ick Factor”: Promoting Insects as a Sustainable Protein

Aug 31, 2017 by John Harris & Abi Warren

The consumption of animals has long met the ire of both environmental and climate scientists. Meat production alone is responsible for roughly 40% more greenhouse emissions than all global transportation systems combined. Additionally, an estimated 30% of the planet’s land surface is used to feed animals we will eventually eat. With the global human population … Read more.

Doubling Down on a Better Environment for Us All

Jun 14, 2017 by ideas42

  The current administration’s recent announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change is an undeniable setback for environmental conservation efforts worldwide. The Paris agreement gives world a fighting chance of ensuring that the global temperature increase this century does not exceed 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. There … Read more.

Nudge to Action: Behavioural Science for Sustainability

Mar 6, 2017 by UN Environment

This post originally appeared on UN Environment’s blog. In Kibera, Africa’s second-largest informal settlement, located in Kenya, researchers were puzzling over the low uptake of a water purification solution. This was a place where water-borne diseases were rampant and sometimes lethal, so why didn’t more residents buy this simple, cheap answer to a chronic health … Read more.