Slowing down after lockdown: Is low-tech the new high(pe) tech?

Article de Marion Sestier (EnvIM 2020)   In the midst of the Covid-19 mask shortage during the French spring sanitary lockdown, solidarity sprung through local citizen and associations-led initiatives such as home-sewed masks, food deliveries to isolated people, redistributing food stocks of closed restaurants, or printing plastic face shields[1]. Such initiatives showed strong interest for collective and do-it-yourself projects. They grew in parallel of a national conversation on environmental and

Unchocking kitchens

Article de Stéphanie Fonseca Johann (EnvIM 2019)   Being in quarantine far from my family and hometown, my favorite activity during the COVID-19 lock down was to cook. Electric stove on, traditional Brazilian samba music playing, flavors would come out from the pan and fill the kitchen with a smell that made me feel home and safe. Often considered by many as an act of love, as an art or

Coral reefs: ecosystem services and the impact of climate change

Article d'Albane Bauby (EnvIM 2019)   Over the past 25 million years, corals have evolved into one of the largest and most complex ecosystems on the planet. [1] Hosting more than a quarter of all marine fish species whilst covering less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, they are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, providing key ecosystem goods and services. [2] This high wealth in term

Hydropower in China – Development and Challenges

Article de Qi Wei Li (EnvIM 2019)   Introduction Recently, thanks to global climate change strikes, there is more public attention to global warming and climate change worldwide. To deal with such dilemma, investing in renewable energy being one of the solutions, China is making effort to reduce carbon emission by adopting higher percentage of renewable energy. Therefore, for this blog, I would like to focus on the discussion of

Slowing down the track of Fast Fashion

Article par Farah Doumit (EnvIM 2019)   Fashion Fashion is our chosen skin. It is a way to communicate who we are as Orsola de Castro said [1]. In fact, fashion and textiles have always been part of human society. The clothes we wear tell stories of our culture and our heritage. However, the role of the global fashion industries has shifted far beyond meeting a basic human need. The

A golden opportunity

Article par Immelda Ahawo (EnvIM 2019)   The natural process of life has always included the apparition of species, their evolution, their interactions with each other and their extinction. The turnover of species is an inevitable part of the life cycle, yet today we seem to be approching a phase of mass extinction. The 2019 IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - the first inter-governmental global assessment

Opportunities and Risks Assessment from China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative.

article par Matteo Cassinelli (EnvIM 2019)   The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious program of investments aimed at improving connectivity, national cooperation, integration of markets and income of BRI countries. Since it was announced by the Chinese government in 2013, the initiative has risen much hope and concern. Many have seen growth and development possibilities while others have urged caution over the risks related to the projects,

Kunming 2020, Final boarding call for biodiversity

Juliette Landry (EnvIM 2018)     A pathway towards a transformative and inclusive global framework   One million species threatened, 75% of lands and 66% of marine ecosystems damaged, for the most part by… humans. The newly released global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystems demonstrated a terrifying reality and an uncertain future. Could multilaterism make a difference and create incentives?   The silent crisis International negotiations represent an excellent opportunity

Fifty Shades of 2°C

par Martin Courgeon (EnvIM 2018)   There is no doubt for anyone anymore that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are one of the, if not the, greatest challenge of the 21st century. The dangers of global warming caused by the greenhouse gases emissions, notably CO2, are becoming increasingly clear. Some of the impacts of global warming are already visible today, and the private sector must cope with them. Insurance companies for