World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any …

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Can Slash Air Pollution’

Plastic bag bans can not only cut down on marine waste and reduce damage to valuable ecosystems – they can also slash air pollution. That’s according to a new study published by UN Environment, which highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of air pollution, especially in …

One Million Plant and Animal Species ‘Now at Threat of Extinction’

One million plant and animal species are now at threat of extinction. That’s the troubling conclusion reached in a new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which suggests many of these organisms could die out within decades, at a faster rate than ever observed …

European Day of Parks

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It is marked on 24th of May. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set …

US Awards Nearly $10m to Clean Up Polluting School Buses

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $9.3 million (£7.1m) to replace 473 old and polluting diesel school buses. The new funding will be spread across 145 school bus fleets in 43 states or territories and is sourced through the governmentbody’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The …

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

NEW ISSUE OF ENERGY PORTAL MAGAZINE The Study of the United Nations from 1991 showed that almost 40 per cent of arable land had been degraded due to intensive agricultural production. There is no doubt that such a method of production causes enormous damage to the environment. That is why …

International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological …