A weekly round-up of stories from around the globe. This week: is the cosmetics industry moving towards a cruelty-free future, how a rapid switch to renewable energy could put Paris goals within reach and the doubts behind ethical down.
As animal testing becomes a wider consumer concern and more governments implement bans, cosmetics companies are adapting.
Increasing renewables to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would provide about half emissions reductions needed to hold warming to 2C, says International Renewable Energy Agency.
For years, some major brands were more interested in greenwashing than investing in actual sustainable measures. But that mind-set has been changing, in large part because customers have demanded it.
China’s latest measures to shore up its currency and plug an outflow of capital risk setting back the long-held goal for an internationalised yuan.
Down is wonderfully warm, but campaigners say the live-plucking of geese is cruel and prevalent. Companies have brought in new policies but doubts linger.
Climate change is altering global cycles to such an extent that the next ice age has been delayed for at least 100,000 years, according to new research identifying Earth’s deep-freeze tipping point.
Despite Google’s prediction that 85% of the top 100 retailers will have beacon technology in place by the end of 2016, true mainstream adoption is still a couple of years away.
The show has been heavy on demonstrations and discussions of how to cater to newly-emerging shopping preferences and new technologies.