Monday, 14 June 2021
Good morning kwippers. Last week, we celebrated World Oceans Day, with this year's theme focussing on 'Life and Livelihoods'. Survey results for England and Wales released this week by the Ocean Conservation Trust showed 94% of the public believe that the fate of the ocean and humans is inextricably linked and 78% would make lifestyle changes to protect the marine environment. Here's a list of ways you can support ocean conservation efforts and some stories and resources from the UN to mark World Oceans Day.

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Saving the bees

Beekeeping is one of the oldest industries in existence, but it faces numerous threats including climate change. As most of us know, bees are crucial to the survival of our own species - of the 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world's population, 70 are pollinated by bees. The good news is bee conservation efforts are in full swing globally, with tech firms innovating to help save the bees.

Irish company ApisProtect makes wireless in-hive sensors that collect and transmit data to a website-based dashboard. They collect temperature, humidity, sound and acceleration data and then use machine learning to convert that into useful information. For example, they can tell the beekeeper which hives are growing and which hives are shrinking, reducing the level of manual checks required.

Israeli firm, Beewise, also aims to reduce the need for human intervention. It has created the 'Beehome,' a large solar-powered box-shaped structure that can house 24 separate hives. It operates autonomously or via an app on the beekeeper's phone, and comes with a host of cameras, sensors and robotic arms that take over the actions that would usually need a human hand, such as pest control, swarm prevention, and harvesting the honey. 


Plant leather goes mainstream

The fashion industry has gained a notorious reputation in recent years for having devastating effects on the environment. In the industry's efforts to improve sustainability, plant leather has seen rapid growth (also used in the car and furniture industries) and luxury fashion house Hermès is the latest brand to back plant leather. Known for its unique (and very expensive) seasonal handbags (e.g. Birkin bags), Hermès has just announced that this season's Hermès Victoria will be made from Sylvania, a leather grown from fungus (starting at a cool £3,500). Plant leather has a diverse offering, with mushrooms, pineapples, grapes, cacti and apples all receiving billions of dollars of research and development funding to create leather and plastic replacements. A large number of the original vegan alternatives used plastic, which also has far-reaching environmental consequences and can take hundreds of years to decompose, whereas the new materials are made using biotechnology.

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  • Buying mini sized bottles of liquor make you look more alcoholic than buying normal sized bottles.


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