This year, an estimated 4.59 billion people all over the world will voluntarily choose to cram themselves into hunks of flying metal for a chance to sit beside a crying baby for seven hours straight.
There's only one problem though. And no, it's not the baby. It's the amount of carbon pollution that flying engines generate, which accounts for 2 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emission every year. Which is why flight shame, or the feeling of being shamed to travel by air because its negative impact on the environment, is becoming a thing. And airline companies are listening.
Many airlines are slowly turning to biofuels in an effort to avoid flight shamers from hurting their bottom line. And why not? Bio fuels can be made from literally anything and they can help cut carbon footprint by as much as 60 percent. To be sure, our team loves finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint. If air travel starts to be more about bio fuels and less about green house gases, then go ahead—check us in for that next flight!
Remember China's plastic waste problem that we told you about last week? Turns out, it's not just China. According to their government, Indonesia produces a whopping 25,000 tons of plastic waste per day, 20 percent of which ends up in the oceans. This makes Indonesia second only to China when it comes to being the World's Best Ocean Polluter. And that's not an award anyone wants to win.
But here's a thing - the answer to the world's plastic problem might lie in the oceans themselves. We're talking about seeweed people. If airlines are turning to biofuels, then Indonesia is suddenly all bioplastics. Specifically, quickly, insanely cheap, biodegradable and edible (umami everyone?).
The best part? It doesn't lead to deforestation because it doesn't need land to grow. Take that, palm oil! And, coincedentally enough, Indonesia is the largest producer of red seaweed in the world. How lucky could you be to have an answer to your waste problem right in your own backyard?
The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, and it seems that fans of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are to blame.
Three weeks ago, Portuguese-language news site Folha de Progreso reported that farmers have organized a “Day of Fire” to attract the attention of Bolsonaro and show him that that they want to work. Because hey, that’s what you do when you want your favorite celebrity to notice you — you set fire to the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Environmentalists are saying that Bolsonaro is to blame for encouraging the farmers to explore (more like exploit) the Amazon’s economic potential.
Bolsonaro has hit back with a very presidential Facebook Live video, where he claims that, in fact, it’s the environmentalists themselves who are setting fire to the forest to make his government look bad.
Who knows whose fault it really is? Not to point fingers here, but we’re pretty sure environmental advocates don’t go around starting forest fires. Just saying.