Articles Written by Laura Butula

Robots can make offshore wind farms marine-friendly

Sustainable Leaders | Global, June 2nd, 2022

Offshore wind farms aim to provide a never-ending supply of ‘green’ energy. Its role in climate change mitigation is clear, but the recent introduction of robotic technologies is advancing the potential of this energy sector even further. Juggling all the opportunities and barriers, what does the future hold?

The vital bloom of corporate climate leadership

Sustainable Leaders | Global, May 15th, 2022

Thousands of companies across the world are joining the collective movement of corporate climate activism, including IKEA and H&M. Despite the associated challenges, it is critical that businesses take a leading role in sustainability transformations, in order to address their negative global, regional or national impacts on the environment.

Cultured meat: the future of food

Sustainable Leaders | Global, April 26th, 2022

A sci-fi-like diet trend may be on the rise. Cell biologists and engineers are collaborating to produce cultured meat via cell engineering techniques. Though artificial, it may be the silver bullet for solving the environmental impacts associated with the livestock industry. A closer look into the laboratory process shows potential downsides for cultured meat.

A not-so-neutral path towards carbon neutrality

Sustainable Leaders | Europe, April 24th, 2022

The past month has seen the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalate into a devastating war, forcing the EU Member States—particularly Germany—to re-think its relationship with the largest country in the world. However, because of Russia’s dominance in EU energy imports, this break-up could significantly impact the EU’s energy and climate targets.

Hawaii becomes the first state to ban shark fishing entirely

Environment | Oceans, February 28th, 2022

Sharks have ruled and sustained the oceans for millions of years, but their existence is threatened due to immoral practices such as shark finning. Hawaii has recently become the first state in the United States to ban shark finning, and a European Citizens’ Initiative wants to implement new laws to protect sharks, but will movements like these prove effective?

Microalgae meals: good for humans and the planet

People| Human Health , January 26th, 2022

Many food brands are introducing their customers to microalgae supplements and powders. Albeit with a few drawbacks, a microalgae diet offers a burst of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibre, supporting the health of humans and benefitting the planet.

A big move to boost green consumerism in skincare

Sustainable Leaders | North America, January 15th, 2022

Hyram Yarbro, known as YouTube’s skincare guru, has launched his product line that focuses particularly on sustainability and social change. Through planet-saving partnerships and standards, Hyram’s brand paves the way for a sustainable skincare industry.

A walk in the park: how green spaces can help mental well-being and more

People | Human Health, December 17th, 2021

Humans have a strong connection with nature, and there is plenty of evidence validating the positive effect of urban green spaces on human health and mental well-being. Here, we explore how green spaces alleviate negative emotions associated with pandemic isolation, racial health disparities, PMS symptoms, and air pollution.

Pelagia noctiluca and Chrysaora hysoscella take an unexpected voyage to the Adriatic Sea

Environment | Oceans, November 15th, 2021

The beautiful Adriatic Sea has recently been visited by two marvellous jellyfish species—Pelagia noctiluca and Chrysaora hysoscella. Local scientists were shocked about these sightings, leaving many to question the frequency and potential consequences of the jellyfish visits.

Sustainable Seafood: What, Why and How?

Environment | Oceans, November 1st, 2021

Recent years and events have demonstrated the need for a transition towards more sustainable food systems. In order to achieve this transition, we have to ask the simple ‘what’, why’, and ‘how’ questions concerning sustainability, dietary choices, and global food systems.

The Grindadráp - A tradition or a bloodbath?

Environment | Oceans, October 13th, 2021

The Grindadráp is a deeply rooted part of Faroese culture; however, it has recently received plenty of criticism from international audiences due to a new record hunt where 1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were beached and slaughtered.

Wildfires in the Mediterranean: a little too wild

Environment | Forests, September 16th, 2021

There is growing evidence that higher temperatures associated with global warming are increasing the number of summer wildfires across the Mediterranean region.