YOUR WEEKLY BRIEFING FROM PARLEY
 

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INNOVATION

Lego is working to reinvent their bricks, which haven’t changed much in fifty years. The Danish company wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030.

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MARINE LIFE

A rare sighting of an endangered leatherback turtle off the West Coast of Canada is cause for hope. The turtles, which travel from Indonesia to feed on jellyfish, have seen their populations decline drastically in recent years, in part due to frequent entanglement in plastic pollution.

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THE DEEP

There is growing interest in opening up the seafloor to industrial mining for copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, rare earths and other metals. But at what cost? The deep seas are increasingly recognized as one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity on the planet and critical to supporting ecological systems.

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PLASTIC POLLUTION

A Chilean start-up is partnering with Chinese manufacturers to create petrochemical-free plastic bags which dissolve quickly in water. The “Solubag” is made from modified Polyvinyl Alcohol, or PVA, which comes from natural gas or calcium carbide. 

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OVERFISHING

Despite the capture of a Chinese freighter carrying 150 tonnes of dead sharks near the Galapagos islands last year, the Pacific Ocean off Central America remains 'a blood-soaked environmental crime scene'. Some scientists have estimated that over 100 million sharks are killed each year.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Some of the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic is starting to break apart. A huge section of floating ice along the northern Greenland coastline is breaking up and drifting into the Arctic Ocean — another consequence, scientists say, of climate change.

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