20 July 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

20 July 2019

WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we take a look at the latest news in the climate catastrophe – some of it great, some of it terrible!


1. So here’s the bad news- apparently glacial melting in Antarctica now appears to be irreversible. The National Academy of Science study suggests that the instability in the Thwaites glacier is likely to result in a 50cm sea level rise regardless of the possibility that global heating might ease.


2. And the United Nations has warned that the world needs to start preparations now for the impact of the climate crisis on developing countries. Not only are big catastrophes like cyclones happening more frequently but smaller ‘lower impact events’ are occurring faster than predicted and causing big issues.


3. So get out there and plant some trees! That’s the advice coming from lots of research suggesting that if we were to plant a trillion trees we could capture a huge amount of carbon dioxide. Not only is it the cheapest way of dealing with carbon emissions but it’s also great for our souls!


4. We can all take a leaf out of Denmark’s book and make the climate crisis our number one policy priority. Their very cool new Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, recently announced an ambitious climate proposal and transition to a green country. She has said that ‘limiting global temperature rises is not just the right things to do, it’s also the most economically responsible one.’


5. You’ve probably never heard of Numurkah in northern Victoria but their solar farm is now generating enough electricity to power Melbourne’s entire tram network. The solar farm took less than a year to build and cost $198 million (which apparently is not much at all!). And while we’re in Melbourne, here’s some news about a brand new state-of-the-art plastic recycling plant!


6. Here’s a great story about the ways in which many countries are adapting to the climate crisis. This story features the changes being made to traditional farming practices in Cambodia in order to tackle the changing seasons.


7. The increased temperatures in our oceans are believed to be to blame for the decline in more than a dozen seabird species off the south-east coast of Australia.


8. CDP Worldwide is a UK based company and they are dedicated to ensuring that companies around the world accurately disclose the environmental impact of their business. They have recently accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil of failing to disclose the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation. Go CDP!


9. And hooray for Vanuatu who has banned disposable nappies – they are world leaders being the first country to take this action. In fact Vanuatu has been at the forefront of environmental issues in a range of ways including having the toughest policies on single-use plastic bags.


10. And yippee for Vietnam who has created the newest zero-waste straw option! The straws are made out of sedge grass using a pretty cool and innovative process.


Great to have you with us again this and week and just a reminder that we’re off for a couple of months now while we work on another exciting project but we’ll be back! Have a safe and socially active couple of months and we’ll look forward to reconnecting soon.