Electric Cars Could Be Charged in 10 Minutes in Future, Finds Research

New battery technology could give electric cars more than 200 miles of charge in as little as 10 minutes, according to new research. Lithium ion batteries have had a dramatic impact because of their ability to store a large amount of energy in a small, compact battery and be recharged …

Free Running Challenge that Enables Users to Compete with a Wild Snow Leopard

Aiming to highlight the need to conserve the world’s endangered wildlife, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), adidas Runtastic further supported by Internet of Elephants and the Snow Leopard Trust today launched a running challenge in the free adidas Running app that enables users to compete with a wild snow leopard …

Ivory Coast Law Could See Chocolate Industry ‘Wipe Out’ Protected Forests

The Ivory Coast’s dwindling rainforests could be “wiped out” under a new law that will see legal protections removed from thousands of square miles of classified forest and unprecedented power handed to industrial chocolate manufacturers. Civil society groups, environmental campaigners and workers’ cooperatives have warned that the new forestry code, …

Little Progress Made in Tackling Air Pollution in Europe, Research Says

Little progress has been made on tackling air quality in Europe, new research shows, despite public outcry in many countries and increasing awareness of the health impacts of pollution. Levels of the dangerous fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, which can lodge deep in the lungs and pass into the …

Cotton Sustainability Is Key for Rural Development

Managing trade policy and climate risks are critical to supporting the more than 25 million farmers who grow cotton, experts gathered here emphasized. “Cotton represents so much more than just a commodity: It is a culture, a way of life, and a tradition that finds its roots at the heart …

Insecticide Blamed for the Deaths of 200 Native Birds in Australia

An insecticide is likely to be behind the deaths of almost 200 native birds in northeast Victoria, environment officials believe. After dead wedge-tailed eagles were found near Violet Town in August the state’s environment department found more – along with hawks and falcons – on a nearby property. They have …

Populations of UK’s Most Important Wildlife Have Plummeted Since 1970

Populations of the UK’s most important wildlife have plummeted by an average of 60% since 1970, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The State of Nature report also found that the area inhabited by officially designated “priority species” has shrunk by 27%. The species are those deemed most …