Month: January 2018

‘Mermaid’s tears’: the terrifying scale of microplastic pollution

‘Mermaid’s tears’: the terrifying scale of microplastic pollution

Beach-combers have long-known about the tiny beads of plastic of plastic, the brittle multicoloured fragments, like polystyrene crumbs, that litter the high-tide line amongst the bladderwrack. They call them ‘mermaid’s tears’. Scientists call them microplastics, now universally dispersed across the oceans, and even found in […]

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The heart of Europe: the effects of climate change in the Alps

The heart of Europe: the effects of climate change in the Alps

For Europeans, the Alps are an uncomfortable reminder of the full toll of climate change, expected to close over half of all ski resorts, practically remove Alpine glacier from existence, and increase flooding, drought, and rockfalls significantly by the end of this century. In this […]

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Is Fair Trade flawed and unethical? Part 2

Is Fair Trade flawed and unethical? Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we looked at the debate around the Fair Trade (FT) price floor, the FT premium, credit access, and overall income trends. We found that FT overstates, to quite a large degree, the efficacy of these measures by looking […]

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Is Fair Trade flawed and unethical? Part 1

Is Fair Trade flawed and unethical? Part 1

“Our mission is to connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives.” [1] This is the mission statement of Fairtrade, flagship of the Fair Trade movement which inspires […]

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