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Sustainable finance: investments for the circular economy are moving forward

Circularity Capital, a private equity firm established in 2015 that specializes in investing in circular economy companies, announced a few weeks ago the closing of its largest cir...

The Invasion of Second-hand Clothes in Africa

Not just vintage. Second-hand business models earn more shares in the fashion market than ever, with a positive impact on the ecological footprint. Every day, though, part of what ...

Tomra at the plastics challenge

Optimizing the use of resources by recovering, enhancing, reusing and recycling them. This has been the mission of Tomra, the Norwegian giant of the circular economy with offices a...

Does the Devil Wear Rentals?

The rental of clothes is one of the circular business models that could make the fashion industry more sustainable. However, a Finnish study aimed at calculating the carbon footpri...

IPCC: climate action works, we can halve emissions by 2030

It’s not too late. Reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and limiting global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century is still possible. Provided, however, that we act now, m...

The Sustainable Products Revolution: the New European Commission Proposal

Ecodesign, circular textiles, regulations for construction products, greenwashing, and consumer power. These are the main points addressed in the new set of proposals presented on ...

Ukraine: all lithium reserves and mineral resources in war zones

Geologists call it the Ukrainian shield. That land in the middle which starts from the northern border with Belarus up to the shores of the Azov Sea, in the south of Donbass. Accor...

John Bell: The bioeconomy can support the European Green Deal on all its objectives

John Bell is the Healthy Planet Director in DG Research and Innovation (R&I) of the European Commission. He leads R&I transitions on climate change, bioeconomy, food systems, envir...

Climate, war, transition: from IPCC to Fridays For Future, the climatologist Caserini's perspective

Climate is back in the news. Under the motto “People Not Profit”, the folks at Fridays For Future have called on March 25th the first real global strike (almost) post-pandemic. Thi...

Why some corporate tree-planting initiatives are out on a limb

Today is International Day of Forests, a United Nations-proclaimed event that aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests of all types. It’s a relatively rec...

War and the wheat crisis: what are the effects in Europe and the world?

The last global food crisis dates back to 2007-2008. At that time, a series of concomitant causes – from the increase in oil prices, to the reduction of areas cultivated for food p...

Flies4value: black soldier flies against food waste

Of all the animal kingdoms, the most diverse group of organisms is undoubtedly the insect kingdom, with over a million species (up to 10 million according to the Royal Entomologica...

Circular mining reaches for the mainstream

Cobalt. Copper. Lithium. Nickel. Platinum. Zinc. And don’t forget the rare earth elements, especially neodymium. These and dozens of other metals and minerals are critical for tech...

Stakeholder Conference 2022: the European circular economy under the mark of a double emergency

Talking about circular economy has never been more pressing. If the conflict in Ukraine and the international crisis seem to have put the climate and environmental emergencies of t...

Terra Next: an Innovation Accelerator in Napoli for the Italian Bioeconomy

The Italian bioeconomy restarts from the South. The new Terra Next accelerator for start-ups has been launched in Napoli and will become an innovation hub for the entire sector. Pr...

The world is craving lithium, and geothermal could relieve it. But at what impact?

Cesano is a small town located in the volcanic region of the Sibillini mountains, near Rome. In 1975 Enel discovered a geothermal fluid in the roots of this land that is particular...

New IPCC report: adaptation is not keeping pace with climate impact

Lasting and devastating impacts on our society. Massive human losses and economic damage. We are not talking about the war in Ukraine, but the long escalation of humanity against i...

Let’s re...play! Ideas for a circular economy of toys

How short is the life of a toy? From The Steadfast Tin Soldier to Toy Story, many storytellers have sung the tale of the ephemeral, however shiny, existence of dolls, puppets and s...

Ten years of European bioeconomy: Chris Patermann talks about the goals and challenges

Chris Patermann is considered the father of the European bioeconomy and is still a central figure in the global bioeconomy community. In this exclusive interview, 10 years after th...

Ratti: Circular and Digital Innovation for the Great Textile Tradition

Ratti, a company listed on the Milan stock exchange, produces textiles and accessories for luxury and fashion brands. A leader in the realms of design and print technology, with le...