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Coming soon to Into the Wild:

Interview with zero-waste home advocate
Bea Johnson!


We have a look at self- sterilizing materials produced, the golden energy bacteria and more in this week's Research Round-up!

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Kiwi are generally nocturnal, flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. They are ratites of the genus Apteryx and are most closely related to the Madagascan elephant bird. Emus, cassowaries and the extinct moa are other notable relatives.

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One of the most polluting countries in the European Union is the Netherlands, and last year, greenhouse gas emissions were only 13% below 1990, one of the worst. So, when a Dutch appeals court motioned a new policy enforcing emissions down to 25% below 1990 by 2020, how has the canal-living, coffee-shop loving city of Amsterdam changed to fit with the environmentally friendly change?

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Plastic Whale Company is based in Amsterdam and works on making the Netherlands (and the world) plastic-free. Starting back in 2011, the company decided to make a boat made entirely from plastic; today, they have ten boats which they use to fish more plastic out of the canals in Amsterdam. Into the Wild Meets talked to Pauline de Boer at Plastic Whale to see how much we can really achieve by fishing plastic out of the oceans.

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Rising sea levels and temperatures are well covered in the media when talking about climate change. There is another lesser known impact – Ocean Acidification. Our oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and they’re in trouble. Although it’s less talked about, the problem of ocean acidification is serious and warrants our attention.

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When you hear the word leather, you may think of the slaughter of cows and the stigma of buying into it; “It’s okay, it’s only faux,” you might say. Now there’s a solution to that leather longing, and manufacturers have found a way of creating natural leather without killing those cows. Hot trend: fish leather.

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The James Dyson Awards are an annual event designed to promote and reward the inventions of current or recently graduated design engineering students. The brief is simple; design something that solves a problem.

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Concern from conservationists as National Parks targeted for nuclear waste burial site, previously jailed anti-fracking activists fight back with a protest video and earthquake and tsunami hits Indonesia, leaving hundreds dead in our Environment News of the Week.

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Conservationist, speaker and adventurer Holly Budge knows her way around a mountain or two. After being the first woman to skydive down Mount Everest, Into the Wild Meets spoke with Holly to talk about what makes her wander the world, and how she’s giving a new perspective to the African Elephant crisis with her campaign How Many Elephants.

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In a new addition to the Into The Wild blog, we have this week’s round up of the latest environmental science research:

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