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"It's not you, it's me"...toxic relationships, robots opening doors to sustainability, new BSR report, and more

February 20, 2018


Are you in a toxic relationship? (UN Environment Program)

Let's kick things off with this short UN Environment #CleanSeas video takes a lighter look at the issue of marine litter and asks everyone around the world to break-up with single-use plastics and make their pledge at


Could 3D printing help tackle poverty and plastic waste? (The Guardian)

Startups are turning plastic waste in developing countries into filament for 3D printers while employing local waste pickers.

Image credit: The Guardian 


Robots Opening Doors to Sustainability? (Orlando Sentinel)

How will the ramping up of automation, artificial intelligence and robots affect sustainability?  "Boston Dynamics has been in the business of robot making for more than 20 years, but it’s dog-like robot keeps … evolving. Doors can’t deter their dog-mimic robot SpotMini, as long as SpotMini has a friend with a pivot-arm clamp that can open doors."

Reaction to the video have been comments like: “This is how we die.”  And “They hunt in packs.”  A December 2017 New York Times article "Robots are Coming and Sweden is Fine" shows robots helping miners avoid the dust and exhaust fumes of deep mines. Swedish minister for employment and integration, Ylva Johansson: “The jobs disappear, and then we train people for new jobs. We won’t protect jobs. But we will protect workers.”


Speaking of robots....AI might be what helps us restore our climate (Nature)

“Climate is now a data problem,” says Claire Monteleoni, a computer scientist at George Washington University in Washington DC who has helped to pioneer the marriage of machine-learning techniques with climate science.