It is of course an historic week over here in the UK. As Britain votes to remain or leave the EU this coming Thursday the 23rd June, we thought that it was appropriate to include an article on the Brexit threats and opportunities, in this month's Circular Ecology newsletter.
We also bring you an interesting guest post, asking the all too important question "what really happens to your waste plastic?", and finally an article with our top 5 tips for reducing the environmental impact of your work.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter and as always please feel free to get in touch.
This is a new addition to our collection of environmental facts. We intend to add new environmental facts throughout 2016.
5 Top Tips for Reducing Impact of Your Work
Many businesses are now working hard to reduce the impacts of their operations, their services or their products.
As part of this, every employee has an important role to play. Even if your company isn't taking action to reduce their environmental impacts, to cut their carbon footprints or to improve their resource efficiency there are still many things that you can do yourself.Read more...
Brexit & Energy Efficiency: Threats and Opportunities
While much of the focus of the campaigning around the EU vote has been on economic impact and immigration, there are important factors to be considered in regard to energy efficiency and the environment.
If all the plastic we consumed was recycled we would soon be able to reduce our heavy dependency on fossil fuels. Could it therefore be, that when we examine the global view of the largest waste management companies, there is simply not enough emphasis placed on plastic recycling? What really happens to our waste plastic? Is it really recycled? Read more...
New Fracking Research Reveals Real Risks
New research from Duke University scientists has mapped 3,900 fracking spill sites in North Dakota, analysing both water and soil around these locations and finding significant, persistent pollution levels that could have serious implications for human and environmental health alike.
Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salt levels and radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element. And the problem appears to be persistent, —pollutant levels regularly exceeded federal safety limits for safe drinking water or aquatic health. Read more...
Carbon Footprint Video Training Course
If you are interested in learning more about carbon footprinting, then this video course may just be for you. This course will provide you with a broad overview of carbon footprinting, covering the key concepts, main international standards, reporting frameworks, organisational and product carbon footprinting and the key data, tools and resources.
The picture of the month shows the incredible efforts to restore this 100 year old historic church. The building, in Utah, has been raised over 12 meters (40 feet) on stilts to allow its renovation. It was originally damaged by a fire, back in 2010. Read more...