In a stand against the leather industry’s cruelty to animals and environmental devastation, leather will be prohibited on Helsinki Fashion Week catwalks from July 2019.
The event – held annually in Finland’s capital – is known for promoting sustainable fashion. But there’s nothing sustainable about the leather trade. In fact, each year, the industry – which is one of the world’s biggest polluters – kills over a billion animals.
These intelligent, defenceless individuals are often confined to extremely small enclosures and subjected to mutilations, such as castration, without any pain relief. Some are skinned and dismembered alive – all for the sake of fashion.
Thankfully, we don’t have to harm animals to be able to wear stylish, luxurious clothing and accessories. Vegan leather – including innovative, high-tech options made from sustainable, plant-derived materials – is on the rise.
Will you say “no” to leather by pledging to wear only your own skin and to let animals keep theirs?
The heatwave is just beginning because the next four years are set to be ‘abnormally’ hot, scientists warn
The heatwave which gripped Britain is just a taste of ‘abnormally hot’ conditions predicted to bake the world for the next four years. A high-tech weather forecasting system has predicted that 2018 to 2022 will be much hotter than expected thanks to a quirk of climate change which has seen global warming slow down in recent years. Researchers found that both average ground and sea surface temperatures around the world could be very high between now and 2018. The biggest factor driving the forecast was an increased likelihood of ‘extreme warm events’.
The research was carried out before the summer heatwaves that sent temperatures in the UK and other parts of the world soaring this year. But the unusually hot weather was correctly predicted by the scientists, who said 2018 had a ‘high probability of having a warm anomaly’ relative to the general effects of global warming.
Their paper, reported in the journal Nature Communications, was received for publication in January. The new technique, called Procast (Probabilistic forecast), seeks to rationalise the inherently chaotic behaviour of systems such as the Earth’s climate. It involves gathering information from previous changes in a system’s state to calculate the probabilistic chances of transitions to future new states.
A retrospective test of the method accurately predicted the global warming pause, or “hiatus”, between 1998 and 2013. The scientists, led by Dr Florian Sevellec, from the University of Brest in France, wrote: “For 2018-2022, the probabilistic forecast indicates a warmer than normal period, with respect to the forced trend (of global warming). ‘This will temporarily reinforce the long-term global warming trend. ‘The coming warm period is associated with an increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures.’ Warm events affecting sea surface temperatures could increase the activity of tropical storms, said the scientists.