Shoppers rush into a store as the door opens for the Black Friday sale. Photo credit: By Powhusku from Laramie, WY, USA CC BY-SA 2.0 – via Wikimedia. By Anders Lorenzen Today the frenzy consumerist festival Black Friday officially begins, that to begin with was held on the last Friday of November, and has now grown far beyond this with […]
By Jeremy Williams The world needs more metals, especially the ones necessary to the clean technology revolution. And yet “mining is one of the planet’s most polluting and deadly industries”. That’s the conundrum at the heart of Christopher Pollon’s book Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World’s Most Vulnerable Places. Because it’s so damaging, and because the most valuable resources […]
Photo credit: Earth Overshoot Day. By Anders Lorenzen Earth Overshoot Day is the day of the year when we have already used up all the resources the Earth can generate. It has been happening earlier and earlier each year since the 1970s. This year the day falls on the 2nd of August. It is estimated it would take 1.7 Earths […]
Black Friday is nearly upon us. On this popular shopping day in 2021, U.S. shoppers spent $6.6 billion, an increase of 29.8% over 2020. Combined with Cyber Monday and Super Saturday, which bring businesses even more revenue, consumer holiday spending is expected to skyrocket in 2022. Altogether, our simple holiday purchases have huge consequences. The frenzy of consumerism drives waste, […]
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