UK Government Selects 50 Young Environment Ambassadors

The announcement is part of the 2019 ‘Year of Green Action’ aimed at encouraging more people to be involved in projects to improve the natural world. The UK Government has chosen 50 young people who are involved in green projects across the UK as environment ambassadors. The announcement is part of its …

Diwali Firecrackers See Indian Air Pollution Soar

This year’s Diwali celebrations saw Delhi’s National Capital Region enveloped in harmful smog as the widespread use of firecrackers caused air quality to plunge to ‘hazardous’ levels. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), despite the Supreme Court limiting firecracker use on Diwali from 8pm to 10pm, crowds continued …

The Oceans Absorb Even More Heat Than We’ve Thought and That’s Bad News

Two thirds of the planet is covered in water and so no surprisingly oceans have an inordinate effect on the Earth’s climate. They absorb vast amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and regulate global temperatures. But here comes bad news, courtesy of scientists in the United States who have just …

Pacific Island to Introduce World-First ‘Reef-Toxic’ Sunscreen Ban

From 2020, lotions containing any of 10 chemicals linked to coral bleaching will be outlawed. The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. Palau, which lies in the north-west Pacific, east …

With Only 74 Left, New Protections Announced for Iconic Killer Whales

With only 74 remaining in the wild, time is running out to save southern resident killer whales, especially after two died this summer. This week, the Canadian government announced a slew of measures to save the critically endangered species. The $61.5 million (US$50 million) initiative will address three key threats …

Five Countries Hold 70% of World’s Last Wildernesses, Map Reveals

Just five countries hold 70% of the world’s remaining untouched wilderness areas and urgent international action is needed to protect them, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have for the first time produced a global map that sets out …

Air Pollution Causing Major Reduction in Intelligence, Study Suggests

Poisonous air estimated to cause premature deaths of 7 million people a year worldwide. In addition to having a deadly impact on people’s physical health, air pollution is now also believed to be responsible for a profound reduction in intelligence, a new study indicates. Chronic exposure to airborne particulate matter appears to …