This Is the Carbon Footprint of Your Internet Activity

Data centres processing and storing the world’s data already use around 1% of the electricity we generate, according to the IEA. Computing is expected to account for up to 8% of global power demand by 2030. The emissions associated with everyday computing could be surprisingly high. A stone’s throw from …

Global Use of Coal-Fired Electricity Set for Biggest Fall This Year

The world’s use of coal-fired electricity is on track for its biggest annual fall on record this year after more than four decades of near-uninterrupted growth that has stoked the global climate crisis. Data shows that coal-fired electricity is expected to fall by 3% in 2019, or more than the …

Samoa Makes History with the First Green Pacific Games

They have been dubbed the “Miracle Games”. After the original host country withdrew, many were wondering if there would be a 16th iteration of the Pacific Games at all in 2019. Replacement host nation Samoa shouldered the impossible task of organizing the Games in only 18 months. Against all odds …

Festival Fans ‘Have Carbon Footprint 850% Higher than if They Stayed at Home’

Feel like going to a festival this summer? Think twice, because you could increase your carbon footprint more than eight-fold. That’s the verdict from Cardiff University and Siemens, which have studied a number of festivals across the UK, including Hay Festival, The FA Cup Final and Rugby 6 Nations -they …

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 …

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, …

Big Pharma Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than the Automotive Industry

Rarely does mention of the pharmaceutical industry conjure up images of smoke stacks, pollution and environmental damage. Yet our recent study found the global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming, but it is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector. It was a surprise …