All posts by Mike Hosey

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

Hosted in Edmonton, Canada, the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference ran from the 5th-7th March and aimed to "inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change." The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference was supported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and looks to increase ...

UK to Launch Bottle and Can Deposit Return Scheme!

Following the success of similar schemes around the world, the UK has announced that it will implement its own deposit-return scheme (DRS) on plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Michael Gove, the UK Environmental Secretary wants to implement the scheme as quickly as possible despite some reservations from the soft drinks industry. Scotland have already started ...

The Dirty Secret of Clean Coal

For decades now, fossil fuel industries and those invested in them have pushed the continued use of fossil fuels to meet our energy needs instead of cleaner renewable energy sources. Arguments have ranged from the cost of renewable energy to the lack of realistic alternatives, often making outlandish claims that are frequently untrue. Now there's ...

MOBIOM – Cotton in Mali

On the penultimate day of Fairtrade Fortnight will look at how Fairtrade works with cotton farmers in Mali and how they are developing to compete with richer cotton farms that receive subsidies in countries like the USA and China, as well as the European Union. The Malian Organic Movement (MOBIOM) began in 2002 and is ...

BSCFA – Sugar in Belize

Almost 40% of Belize's exports are sugar. The country is heavily reliant on its ability to grow and trade sugar and provides employment for about 40-50,000 out of a population of 324,000. When it comes to poverty, this region of Belize is lower than the national average but recently the unemployment rate and the number ...

KPD – Coffee in Tanzania

Kaderes Peasants Development Plc (KPD) was set up in 2008 as a cooperative to help farmers receive a fair wage for their products. Before the introduction of Fairtrade, farmers would sell produce to local traders through middlemen for a very low price that hindered personal and community development in the region. The produce sold by farmers ...

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