A new project from the global design firm Stantec looks at how ancient forests and other ecosystems could come back, through “rewilding,” if we produce food differently. Raising cattle, for example, takes up vast swaths of land for grazing or growing cattle feed. (In the U.S., pasture occupies around a third of the lower 48 states; these maps illustrate just how much of the country is used for grazing.) But as plant-based burgers and bioreactor-grown dairy continue to become more common, and eventually cheaper and tastier than the versions from animals, it could make more space available for forests to return. Similarly, indoor agriculture is more efficient than traditional farming and so could help free up space. … [Read more...] about Why we need to “rewild” our environment
Gallup research repeatedly demonstrates the powerful impact of having a best friend at work: According to its data, people who say they have one are happier, healthier, and seven times as likely to be engaged with their jobs . A work spouse , as they’re cheekily known, is the one person in whom you trust and confide above all others on professional matters. They’re your happy hour buddy (even if the drinks are on Zoom), but also the first person you contact when you get the news of a promotion, or when your meeting presentation goes south. … [Read more...] about Why you need a virtual work spouse now more than ever
Trees can play a key role in capturing carbon at scale—by one estimate, nearly a trillion hectares of land could feasibly be reforested, and those trees could potentially store more than 200 gigatons of carbon. But efforts at reforestation are moving too slowly. “Essentially, we need to scale the solution in about 10 years, so that there is time for the forest to mature and become a carbon sink of reasonable size to meet various nations’ commitments to be net zero around 2040 or 2050,” says Yishan Wong, CEO of the Hawaii-based startup, called Terraformation. … [Read more...] about Reddit’s former CEO is now in the forest-planting business
Appealing to different needs As more consumers hop on the resale bandwagon, Chandra believes that different platforms can cater to different kinds of shoppers. Sites already offer wildly different ways to shop. ThredUp, Depop, and Poshmark tend to offer lower priced items, while Rebag and TheRealReal focus on luxury products. “Each seller on [Poshmark] is effectively building their brand,” Chandra says. “The ambient chatter on the site is the kind of conversation you might have in a store, when you’re asking questions about a product.” … [Read more...] about Poshmark’s explosive IPO bodes well for the resale industry, but how sustainable is secondhand?
Climate change could make it more difficult to grow in current agricultural hubs like California, where drought is likely to become more common, but Webb envisions that greenhouses could spread regionally throughout the country. Consumers will get fresher produce, and grocery stores will have the advantage of produce that lasts longer on the shelf. AppHarvest says that because of the savings in fuel from transportation, it can sell tomatoes at a competitive cost. “We plan to compete with conventional pricing,” Webb says. “We do not want Americans to pay more for fresh fruits and vegetables.” … [Read more...] about This startup is going to put one of the world’s largest sustainable greenhouses in coal country