The hottest Sustainability Substack posts right now

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Doomberg β€’ 7665 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. Global coal demand is smashing records, expected to reach an all-time high in 2023 due to strong demand in emerging economies like India and China.
  2. There seems to be a practical grand bargain between governments and the fossil fuel industry over climate change, with a focus on minimizing coal use in the West and leveraging coal in the developing world.
  3. Despite efforts in renewable energy, coal remains popular due to its cheap, reliable, and storable nature, with the International Energy Agency predicting a decline in demand by 2026 despite current high consumption.
Welcome to Absurdistan β€’ 7311 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jan 24
  1. Human desires drive the economy, and marketing determines our choices.
  2. A shift towards traditional, healthy foods like full-fat dairy and grass-fed beef is happening despite mainstream trends.
  3. Soil restoration using cattle can help make deserts bloom and revitalize the earth.
Creative Destruction β€’ 24 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. Acknowledging the need for help and motivation are crucial in starting the rehabilitation process for humanity's addiction
  2. Current activist movements may need to shift focus from guilt and fear to understanding and addressing the deep-seated needs driving destructive behaviors
  3. Presenting enjoyable visions of a future that genuinely satisfies these deep-seated needs can motivate and guide people towards a virtuous cycle of healing and positive change
paxtier β€’ 1 implied HN point β€’ 25 Feb 24
  1. An algae domestication program won a Seaweed Ideathon, focusing on sustainable agriculture practices and biostimulant production.
  2. Investors are showing interest in aquaculture technology, with significant funding rounds announced for seaweed-derived products and sustainability initiatives.
  3. Job opportunities in the seaweed and microalgae industry are on the rise, with companies like PhycoWorks and GreenWave actively recruiting for various positions.
Yassine Meskhout β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The writer turned on paid subscriptions, but values being read over being paid and doesn't plan to put writing behind a paywall.
  2. The writer mentions not needing money due to getting paid well in their job, expressing gratitude for readers' interests and potential financial support for more writing time.
  3. The writer's writing schedule is irregular due to their job, but hopes it can become financially sustainable in the future to write full-time.
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Faster, Please! β€’ 1919 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jan 24
  1. The technologies needed for a sustainable planet are already available, they just need to be deployed at scale.
  2. Most of the crucial technologies like solar, wind, and batteries are already there, but some sectors still require more work.
  3. We are just at the beginning of deploying sustainable technologies, and there is room for significant progress in bending the curve down further.
Creative Destruction β€’ 24 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. In today's age of information overload, our curiosity now distracts us, leading to intellectual obesity in the form of a flood of low-quality 'junk info'. This 'junk info' is like fast food for thought - cheap to produce, satisfying to consume, but low in nutrition.
  2. The sustainability movement needs to focus on internal sustainability, not just external factors like ecosystems and technology. Our mind plays a crucial role in the climate crisis as it determines our relationships with ourselves, others, and nature.
  3. Immediacy, or the collapse of mediation, is a powerful and destructive driver in the modern world. It eliminates the middle ground of reflection and personal connection, affecting how we perceive and engage with information and culture.
Longer Tables with JosΓ© AndrΓ©s β€’ 825 implied HN points β€’ 22 Jan 24
  1. The Global Food Institute aims to inspire a new generation to solve big food problems through policy, innovation, and humanities.
  2. The Institute has made progress, including participation in events like the World Food Forum and the launch of the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.
  3. Key leaders like Bill Dietz and Tara Scully are driving research, policy work, and curriculum development at the Institute.
The Crucial Years β€’ 1684 implied HN points β€’ 04 Jan 24
  1. Batteries have greatly improved energy density over the last century, making them more practical for cars and other uses.
  2. The rapid progress in battery technology is expected to continue, with increasing energy density, affordability, and innovation.
  3. Efforts are being made to ensure ethical sourcing of materials for batteries, address social inequities, and push for sustainable growth in the battery industry.
Pinch of Dirt β€’ 157 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Marie Kondo's method of decluttering involves keeping items that spark joy, starting with clothing and ending with sentimental items. It's a thorough process that aims to be done just once.
  2. Consider the environmental impact of decluttering - discarded items can end up in landfills, despite the potential for reuse. Donating items may not guarantee they will be resold or find a new home.
  3. Reflect on the idea of treating our homes and the Earth as sacred spaces. The responsibility for the objects we possess extends beyond just tidying up, prompting a deeper consideration for how we consume and discard.
Japan Optimist β€’ 314 implied HN points β€’ 03 Feb 24
  1. Japan is considered a potential economic superpower and role model
  2. Japan's social resilience, political stability, corporate competitiveness, technocratic pragmatism, and private sector innovation are seen as strengths
  3. Japan's demographic destiny is viewed as a positive force for next-generation leaders, citizens, and the rising Asian middle class
Field Guide to the Anthropocene β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. In the Anthropocene era, humans must protect and restore the Earth given our excessive impact on its ecosystems.
  2. We need to become rational and compassionate managers of the planet to address climate change and ecological disruptions.
  3. Storms, while disruptive and dangerous, also serve as a reminder of our place in nature and the need to prepare for managing the impacts of extreme weather.
Irina Slav on energy β€’ 864 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jan 24
  1. French government banning oil and gas investments in certain sustainable funds may set a precedent for future regulations.
  2. The rigorous certification process for ESG labels includes evaluating impact indicators like CO2 emissions and renewable energy output.
  3. Investors may face challenges if funds in different countries have conflicting preferences for including oil and gas stocks in ESG portfolios.
Snaxshot β€’ 158 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. The olive oil market is growing with premium brands like Brightland and Graza standing out.
  2. Zero Acre Oil offers a sustainable cooking oil alternative with health benefits and environmental advantages.
  3. Algae Cooking Club is introducing algae oil as a new culinary ingredient, focusing on flavor enhancement and collaborations with culinary icons.
The Micromobility Newsletter β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. A new bill for lithium-ion battery safety standards in the US has rare bipartisan support in Congress.
  2. Jersey City is implementing a system for secure charging and storage of electric bikes.
  3. Several companies worldwide are ramping up electric vehicle production and investing in sustainable practices.
This Week in MCJ (My Climate Journey) β€’ 609 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. Advocate for sustainability within your current company to unlock opportunities for climate jobs for yourself and your colleagues.
  2. Consider working on sustainability as part of your current job, even if your ultimate goal is to transition to a full-time climate job.
  3. Start making small changes towards working on climate within your current role, viewing it as a gradual journey rather than an immediate shift.
Γ“mΓ³s Digest β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jan 24
  1. Γ“mΓ³s is opening a restaurant, guesthouse, and 4-acre farm in Ireland.
  2. The space is planned to be authentic and welcoming, more like a modern Irish home than a luxury hotel.
  3. The team behind Γ“mΓ³s is focused on building the business with a deep connection to the local community and supporting regional producers.
Polymathic Being β€’ 104 implied HN points β€’ 04 Feb 24
  1. Only 10% of plastic put in recycling bins is actually recycled.
  2. Recycling can have high contamination rates and often leads to materials being shipped overseas or dumped in landfills.
  3. To improve recycling, focus on reducing and reusing materials, design products for better recycling, and address the psychological aspect of recycling habits.
The Planet β€’ 373 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Paris has made significant progress in becoming a green and sustainable city.
  2. Paris is evolving into a 15-minute city where residents can easily access various amenities within a short distance.
  3. The concept of a 15-minute city prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists over cars, which differs from traditional American urban design.
Tessa Fights Robots β€’ 35 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. The quality of fresh produce and flowers, especially red roses, has drastically decreased since 2020, raising questions about the impact of various factors like supply chain interruptions, climate change, and transportation methods.
  2. Imported cut flowers, like red roses, have a significant carbon footprint due to their long, emissions-intensive journey involving climate-controlled greenhouses, refrigerated trucks, and air travel.
  3. The post highlights concerns about consumerism, manipulation, and coercion in business models, emphasizing the importance of waking up to the lies and manipulation around us.
In Bed With Social β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 24 Dec 23
  1. A growing shift towards sustainability and conscious consumer behavior is gaining momentum globally.
  2. Generative AI is revolutionizing the processing of unstructured human data, offering new insights into behaviors and social interactions.
  3. Technological advancements, such as generative AI, provide opportunities for self-discovery and redefining our understanding of humanity and the world.
The Crucial Years β€’ 1295 implied HN points β€’ 24 Oct 23
  1. False information spreads quickly, like rumors about electric vehicle fires, aided by social media and anti-environmental amplifiers.
  2. Compared to fossil fuel vehicles, electric vehicles are significantly less likely to catch on fire.
  3. It's important to consider the larger picture and relative impacts when evaluating new technologies or risks, like the benefits of windmills in reducing fossil fuel use.
Need to Know by Stephen Leahy β€’ 58 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Nearly 300 million electric two- and three-wheelers are in use today, showing a global shift towards micromobility.
  2. Micromobility has the potential to significantly reduce oil demand and improve air quality in cities.
  3. Micromobility addresses traffic congestion by providing low-cost, sustainable transportation options for short urban trips.
Fight to Repair β€’ 138 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. E-waste is a significant problem globally, causing harm to people and ecological systems through pollution, inhumane extraction of raw materials, and other disasters.
  2. The idea pushed by some, like the World Economic Forum, that e-waste can be seen as a financial opportunity and a way to boost the economy is criticized as overlooking the true impact and complexity of the issue.
  3. Repairing electronics rather than constant disposal is highlighted as a more sustainable solution that could lead to a more resilient community, a reduction in repair costs, and the circulation of money locally.
The Crucial Years β€’ 1375 implied HN points β€’ 25 Sep 23
  1. The fossil fuel industry is pushing to export large amounts of fossil gas to preserve their profits, even though renewable energy sources are cheaper and cleaner.
  2. The rapid expansion of LNG export terminals could cause American greenhouse gas emissions to remain stagnant since 2005, impacting global warming.
  3. It is crucial to stop the continued expansion of LNG build-out to accelerate the transition to clean and renewable energy sources worldwide.