Biodegradable plastic ‘false solution’ for ocean waste problem

Biodegradable plastic water bottles and shopping bags are a false solution to the ubiquitous problem of litter in the oceans, the UN’s top environmental scientist has warned. Most plastic is extremely durable, leading to large plastic debris and “microplastics” to spread via currents to oceans from the Arctic to the …

Air pollution: Benefits of cycling and walking outweigh harms – study

The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution, a study has suggested.  Air pollution contributes to 40,000 early deaths each year in the UK and we gulp in more of it when we exercise.  On the other hand, regular exercise reduces the risk of …

Carbon emissions highest in 66 million years, since dinosaur age

The rate of carbon emissions is higher than at any time in fossil records stretching back 66 million years to the age of the dinosaurs, according to a study on Monday that sounds an alarm about risks to nature from man-made global warming. Scientists wrote that the pace of emissions …

Earth Hour shines a light on climate action

This Earth Hour, Saturday, 19 March 2016 8:30 p.m. local time, as the world’s most iconic landmarks prepare to switch off their lights, supporters will be invited to take a stand for climate action on their own personal landmarks – their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Social media users can promote …

Underwater hotels intend to improve life beneath sea

When it comes to the future of travel, many experts have looked beyond Earth to the cosmos, naming space tourism as the next big trend. But it turns out there’s another trend that’s quietly making waves on our home planet, targeting destinations beneath the sea instead of above the sky: …

Plug-In electric car sales for February: winter doldrums continue

As in previous years, the dog days of January and February were not kind to electric-car sales this year. Both 2014 and 2015 saw the lowest number of plug-in cars sold in their first two months, and 2016 appears to be following that pattern. While February sales were slightly up …

India introduces car sales tax to combat pollution

India has introduced a new tax on car sales aimed at helping fight high levels of air pollution and congestion. The surprise move, announced by the finance minister, Arun Jaitley, is a victory for campaigners and a defeat for the powerful car industry. Commentators said the move showed how attitudes …