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Bolivia's Lake Poopó has dried up. Chiliguanca / CC BY-SA 4.0

By John Letzing and Andrew Berkley

Water scarcity will be the biggest climate-related threat to corporate assets like factories within the next few decades, according to a recent report – but it seems to have barely registered on investors' radar.

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Manchester City Football Club is trialing edible coffee cups. BioBite

By Victoria Masterson

  • English soccer club Manchester City is trialing an edible coffee cup made from leak-proof wafer.
  • Another English team, Forest Green Rovers, has tried sustainable shirts made from recycled coffee beans and plastic bottles on for size.
  • FIFA is aiming for Qatar 2022 to be the first carbon-neutral World Cup.

The pitches may be green – but how sustainable is soccer?

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From bamboo utensils to bamboo toothbrushes, household products made from bamboo are becoming more popular every year. If you have allergies, neck pain or wake up constantly to flip your pillow to the cold side, bamboo pillows have the potential to help you sleep peacefully through the night.

In this article, we'll explain the benefits of bamboo pillows and how they can help you on your journey to better sleep. We'll also recommend a few of the best pillows on the market so you can choose new bedding that's right for you.

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Over a third of the world's mangrove forests have already disappeared. Maxwell Ridgeway / Unsplash

By Johnny Wood

To the uninitiated, mangroves might appear to be merely coastal cousins of inland forests, but these rich ecosystems support the planet and people in unique ways, from providing breeding grounds for fish to carbon storage, to protection against flooding.

Yet despite their importance, mangrove forests are under threat. Over a third have already disappeared, and in regions such as the Americas they are being cleared at a faster rate than tropical rainforests.

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By Chiara Cecchini

  • There's a growing interest in climate-friendly foods, but consumers find it hard to know if the food choices they make are environmentally sustainable;
  • From ready-made snacks to algae, cacti and grains, options for climate beneficial foods are increasing;
  • With better supply chain structures, food producers can have greater access to these ingredients too.

With the food system responsible for a third of overall global CO2 emissions, attention on climate beneficial foods has been slowly but steadily increasing. According to IFIC's 2020 Food and Health Survey, 6 in 10 consumers in the US say it is important that the food products they purchase or consume are produced in an environmentally sustainable way.

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By Victoria Masterson

  • The cost of renewable technologies like wind and solar is falling significantly, according to a new report.
  • This is fuelling the rise of renewables as the world's cheapest power.
  • The cost of large-scale solar projects has plunged 85% in a decade.
  • Retiring costly coal plants would also cut around three gigatonnes of CO2 a year.
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A wider variety of electric vehicles is being introduced. Volta Trucks

By Douglas Broom

There were 10 million electric cars on the world's roads at the end of 2020 as registrations soared by 41% in just one year. But when it comes to hauling heavy loads, most of the world's trucks still run on diesel.

But that's starting to change with the introduction in Germany of the world's first 16 tonne (approximately 17.6 U.S ton) all-electric truck.

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Inspired by nature. Maldives Floating City

By Natalie Marchant

  • The waterfront residences will float on a flexible grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.
  • Such innovative developments could prove vital in helping atoll nations, such as the Maldives, fight the impact of climate change.
  • Dutch company is also testing the technology in the Netherlands.

The atoll nation of Maldives is creating an innovative floating city that mitigates the effects of climate change and stays on top of rising sea levels.

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Electric car registrations were up 41% in 2020. Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images

By Walé Azeez

While global car sales took a pandemic-related hit last year, electric vehicles (EVs) bucked the trend.

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The new greenhouse will accelerate Lufa's mission to grow food. Lufa

By Sean Fleming

  • The world's largest rooftop greenhouse is in Montreal, Canada.
  • It measures more than 15,000m2 and produces more than 11,000kg of food per week.
  • The company behind it had to hire 200 new employees due to pandemic-driven demand.

Can you grow enough produce for an entire city in rooftop greenhouses? Two entrepreneurs in Montreal, Canada, believe it might be possible.

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Amsterdam is one of the Netherlands' cities which already has "milieuzones," where some types of vehicles are banned. Unsplash / jennieramida

By Douglas Broom

  • If online deliveries continue with fossil-fuel trucks, emissions will increase by a third.
  • So cities in the Netherlands will allow only emission-free delivery vehicles after 2025.
  • The government is giving delivery firms cash help to buy or lease electric vehicles.
  • The bans will save 1 megaton of CO2 every year by 2030.

Cities in the Netherlands want to make their air cleaner by banning fossil fuel delivery vehicles from urban areas from 2025.

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By Natalie Marchant

  • Wood accounts for 10% of yearly waste material in the US.
  • The Baltimore Wood Project salvages wood from buildings to repurpose and resell locally to create a circular economy.
  • The initiative also has social benefits, by creating job opportunities in a post-industrial city that has an 8.5% unemployment rate.

An initiative in the US city of Baltimore wants to salvage and reuse as much wood as possible, while also creating jobs.

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By Douglas Broom

  • In the US, over half of fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste.
  • But a new invention claims to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit.
  • A simple sticker can add an extra 14 days of freshness, says StixFresh.
  • Using natural plant compounds, the sticker creates a protective layer, slowing the ripening process.
  • The company is hoping to extend the process to vegetables.
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