Earth Overshoot Day 2019 Is July 29th, the Earliest Ever

On July 29, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint. The Ecological Footprint adds up all of people’s competing demands for biologically productive areas – food, timber, fibers, carbon sequestration, and …

Europe’s Forests Are Booming and Here’s Why

Around the world, forests are shrinking due to deforestation, urban development and climate change, but in Europe that trend has been reversed. Large areas of the continent have seen a forest boom that means today more than two-fifths of Europe is tree-covered. Between 1990 and 2015, the area covered by …

Berkeley Became First US City to Ban Natural Gas

Berkeley this week became the first city in the United States to ban natural, fossil gas hook-ups in new buildings. The landmark ordinance was passed into law on Tuesday, after being approved unanimously by the city council the previous week amid resounding public support. Although Berkeley may be pushing the …

UK Accused of Ignoring Obligations on Aviation Emissions

The UK and other EU governments are in breach of international obligations by failing to be open about their policies to tackle emissions from aviation, a coalition of NGOs has said. The group is lodging a formal complaint over the secrecy surrounding regulation of emissions from international flights, which they …

US Defense Operations ‘Create More Emissions Than Sweden’

The defense operations of the US create more greenhouse gas emissions than Sweden and Portugal. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study published by Brown University in Rhode Island, which states the Pentagon, which oversees the US military, was responsible for producing approximately 59 million metric tonnes of greenhouse …

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 …