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8m tons of plastic enters oceans every year

A new study calculating the amount of plastic waste going into the ocean finds that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ecosystem every year. Tiny bits of plastic can devastate the environment and enter the food chain. It has long been suspected that much of the plastic...


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Rising emissions could ‘dramatically’ increase risk of US megadroughts

Increasing greenhouse gas emissions drive up the risk of severe droughts, or megadroughts, in the US southwest and central plains, according to a study by NASA. According to the research, which has been published in the journal Science Advances, the current likelihood of a megadrought, defined as a drought...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

World needs to act now to close ‘emissions abyss’, says WWF

As world leaders move towards a climate change agreement, that is set to be signed at the end of year, WWF is calling on countries to act now to close the “emissions abyss”. In a report – Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss – WWF points...


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M&S and Waitrose score top marks on animal welfare

Food retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have both scored top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare benchmark. The benchmark can be used as a tool for investors to manage risk and return within the food sector. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is now...


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Countries call on IPCC to make reports more accessible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should alter the way it communicates and publishes reports to make them more accessible and user friendly, according to governments. The IPCC publishes reports on the current state of scientific knowledge and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, which are used by...


water tap by Mark Lee via flickr

Report: UK faces rising water bills without efficiency measures

Without water efficiency measures, recently announced reductions to water bills will be cancelled out because of the challenge of dealing with long term water shortage, according to a report from think tank Green Alliance. The report – Cutting the cost of water: the case for improving water efficiency in...


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Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser come out top in deforestation rankings

Only a small minority of ‘powerbrokers’ that control the global supply chains that drive over half of tropical deforestation are equipped to tackle bold zero deforestation commitments, according the Forest 500 rankings. Among these are UK based Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and HSBC. The Global Canopy Programme, which developed the...


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Bees and pollinators ‘thrive’ in urban environment

Bees and other pollinator species thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves, according to a new study. The University of Bristol led the study, which has been published in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers compared...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Geoengineering should not replace cutting emissions, say scientists

Geoengineering should not yet be deployed as a solution to climate change or replace cutting emissions, according to the US National Academy of Science. The organisation called for more research into the area and said the consideration of such technology should serve as a “wake up call”. Geoengineering involves...


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MPs identify £600m shortfall in flood defence funding

The government must attract £600 million from the private sector to fund its commitment to protect 300,000 properties from floods, a group of MPs have warned. The government has cut spending on flood defences in recent years and had aimed to gain investment from the private sector to supplement...


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London named second most sustainable city in world

London has been named the second most sustainable city in the world, beaten only by Germany’s Frankfurt, in an index that explores social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges and solutions. The Sustainable Cities Index, from Arcadis, examined 50 cities from 31 countries and ranked each one across three pillars...


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UK Valentine’s cards could be contributing to deforestation

Purchasing a Valentine’s card for your loved one on the UK high street could contribute to illegal logging and deforestation, the WWF has warned, due to loopholes in EU regulation. WWF purchased a number of cards from high street retailers and found that three, from Card Factory, Clintons and...


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Climate change activists forced to ‘pay to protest’

Climate change activists have criticised the need to hire a private firm in order to hold a protest, despite police previously carrying out the role, arguing it means they must “pay to protest”. According to the Guardian, the organisers of the Time to Act march, have been told that...


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Climate change records support predictions, say scientists

Scientists looking at evidence showing the level of atmospheric CO2 millions of years ago say the data supports climate change predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The research team, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, analysed records showing the CO2 content of the Earth’s...


sherwood forest by Monika via flickr

General election: Labour pledges to protect forests

The Labour party has pledged to protect forests and green spaces if they win the general election and have heavily criticised the current government for failing to stop environmental degradation. Speaking at wildlife charity RSPB’s head office, Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, said, “David Cameron promised us...



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