Nearly 600 Plant Species ‘Have Gone Extinct in the last 250 Years’

As many as 571 plant species have gone extinct in the last 250 years. That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which suggests this is more than twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians that have died out over the …

Scotland Smashes Tree Planting Targets

Scotland’s national tree planting targets have been “smashed”. The nation’s Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said new planting was undertaken across 11,200 hectares in 2018, significantly surpassing the 10,000 hectare annual target. The previous year, just 7,100 hectares of new trees were planted. In his announcement, he stressed that tree …

Donald Trump’s State Visit ‘to Emit 2,619 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide’

Donald Trump’s state visit will produce as much carbon dioxide as an average British home does in 970 years. That’s the verdict from renewable energy supplier Pure Planet, which has calculated the US President’s trip to the UK will emit 2,619 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The President, the First Lady, …

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, …

Doconomy Launches Credit Card with a Carbon-Emission Spending Limit

Swedish fintech company Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon dioxide emissions of purchases, and caps the climate impact of users’ spending. The DO Black credit card directly connects our consumption to the impact it has on the planet, in a bid to encourage us to actively …

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Planned $4.9tn Oil and Gas Investment ‘Not Compatible with Climate Goals’

A planned investment of $4.9 trillion (£3.8tn) in new oil and gas exploration and extraction over the next decade is incompatible with international climate obligations. That’s according to new analysis by Global Witness, which claims any fossil fuel production and use from fields not yet in operation or development will …