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Report: UK will need to import half of food to meet 2040 demand

Farming leaders have warned that by 2040 the UK will need to import almost half of its food to meet demand as the population rises. A report from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warns of “serious implications” for the economy and food security if the country does not improve...


Uk wood by Simon Harrod via Flickr

George Osborne urged to deliver a green Budget

Greater resilience and benefits for the UK economy could be achieved through a green Budget, that considers that the natural environment and responds to global challenges, according to environmental group WWF UK. Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March. In a...


school of fish by Maurizio Carta via freeimages

Helena Bonham Carter joins calls for vast UK marine reserves

The UK government is being urged to create vast marine reserves around three overseas territories from a group of more than 100 individuals and organisations, including actress Helena Bonham Carter. The Blue Marine Foundation, which has spearhead the campaign as part of the Marine Reserves Coalition, explains that the...


Arctic by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Climate change among greatest threats to human civilisation

Extreme climate change has been listed as one of the global challenges that pose the greatest threat to human civilisation in a new report. The paper aims to inspire collaborative action from global leaders. The report, published by the Global Challenges Foundation, looks at current and emerging risks, as...


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Ed Davey: political consensus on climate change can deliver ‘real progress’

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has said that “real progress” on climate change can only be achieved if there is political consensus, leadership and trust between parties. The comments follow a new joint climate agreement between the three main parties. On Saturday it was announced that David...


Mosquitoes producing boys - Enrique Dans via Flickr

Climate change leading to emergence of infectious disease

Climate change is causing the appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, according to a study. Researchers warn that climate change shifts habitats and could lead much more illness emerging in the future. Zoologist Daniel Brooks, who is affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, conducted the...


summer sun by  Gerwin Sturm via flickr

Scientist raises concerns over hostile geoengineering

Senior US climate scientist Professor Alan Robock, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, has expressed concern the geoengineering, manipulating the climate, could be used as a weapon in the future. Geoengineering involves manipulating the climate in order to reduce the negative effect of climate change. Scientists believe there are...


PM signs letter 10/2/15  Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate change agreement

In an unusual move of political consensus the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition have agreed to work together across party lines to tackle climate change. The decision comes during a pivotal year for addressing the issue of climate change, later this year world...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

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...


Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

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...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

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...


Deforestation - crustmania via Flickr

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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