Why natural disaster preparation is a disaster

The world is woefully unprepared for the volume of natural disasters climate change will bring in the coming years. That’s the opinion of Robert Glasser, the United Nation’s head of disaster planning, the Guardian reports. According to Glasser the world already is “falling short” in its response to humanitarian emergencies and this failure will multiply as “climate change adds to the pressure”.

Why is green power failing?

That’s the question posed by The New York Times as it examines what appears to be a repetitive boom and bust cycle for the renewable energy business. With solar energy provider SunEdison filing for bankruptcy last week the NYT considers what contributes to the crash and burn experience of so-many green power ventures. It’s not the low cost of oil that’s to blame says the paper. Rather, “there is a unifying problem they have yet to overcome: Finding enough customers to support the costly infrastructure they must first build.”

Ikea starts selling solar

Over in the UK Ikea is still hoping to build consumer interest in solar panels despite government cuts to solar subsidies for homeowners. The Swedish retailer has started selling solar panels in its retail outlets and is backing solar as a smart longterm strategy. “Obviously the climate has been changing in the past year in the UK but, nonetheless, our research showed a third of homeowners would really like to invest in solar, and the majority of those are driven by the opportunity to save money,” Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability at Ikea UK and Ireland, tells the Guardian.

The green burial suit

No one likes to leave a mess behind them so surely the same applies when you die? That, at least, is what the inventor of the Infinity Burial Suit is betting. The environmentally friendly alternative to the old-fashioned and polluting funeral practices of embalming or cremation features flesh-eating mushrooms that break down a human corpse, cleanse it of toxins and distribute nutrients back into the soil, The New York Times reports. 

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