English Tree Planting Challenge Will Help Plant 130,000 Trees

More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge …

SEAT Plans to Double Down on Waste Reduction by 2025

SEAT has announced plans to slash the amount of waste it produces by 60% before 2025. The car manufacturer has achieved an environmental footprint reduction rate of 34% each year since 2010 but now plans to significantly step up efforts to produce less carbon dioxide, use fewer volatile organic compounds, …

Italian Island of Capri Bans Single-Use Plastics

If you find yourself on the island of Capri, you’d better not have a plastic fork stuck in your bag, or else you might get a €500 fine. The new ruling, effective May 15, states that no more single-use plastics are allowed on the island, unless they’re made of biodegradable …

Glasgow Aims to Become UK’s First Net-Zero Emissions City

Glasgow has announced its goal to become the first net-zero carbon emissions city in the UK. Big Six energy supplier ScottishPower is to help the city council achieve its target of net zero emissions “well before” 2045, working in collaboration on a range of programmes. That includes the decarbonisation of …

A Pretty Stream in Belgium Is so Polluted Its Water Could Be Used as...

The idyllic stream that meanders through the Flemish countryside has been called the most polluted stream in Europe. When you think of a polluted waterway, what do you envision? For me, a dark, oil-slicked river studded with garbage comes to mind, or maybe a malodorous and oddly colored creek in …

Norway Approves Extension to Giant Oil Field

Authorities in Norway have formally approved the development and operation of the second phase of the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field. Developer Equinor says the extension to the field, with planned start-up in 2022, will increase production from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels per day. Johan …

Ethical Shoe Company Toms Moves Beyond the Buy One/Give One Model

Shoppers can now choose to support a broader range of social issues. “Wear your beliefs” is a catchy tagline that appears on the TOMS website, and the company is trying to make that more accurate than ever. The maker of simple canvas shoes has long been known for its buy …