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 …

‘Most Meat Won’t Come from Animals’ by 2040

By 2040, most of the meat on our tables won’t come from animals. That’s the prediction from researchers at global consultancy AT Kearney, who predict by this time, 60% of ‘meat products’ will be either artificially grown in giant laboratories or be replaced by plant-based proteins such as seitan, tofu …

Methane Emissions from US Industry ‘100 Times Higher Than Reported’

Methane emissions from US industry are up to 100 times higher than commonly reported. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund, who used a Google Street View car equipped with a methane detector to measure the concentration of the potent greenhouse gas in …

Bill Gates and EU Launch €100m Clean Energy Investment Fund

A new €100 million (£88m) clean energy investment fund has been launched by a fund led by Bill Gates, the European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB). Initially announced in October last year, Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E) will support Europe’s best clean energy entrepreneurs whose solutions can deliver “significant …

Most Technologies and Sectors ‘Not Keeping Pace with Long-Term Energy Goals’

Most technologies and sectors are not keeping pace with the long-term goals of the clean energy transition. That’s according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which suggests many types of energy asset are not adequately working towards its Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) targets to tackle climate change, deliver energy access …

UN: Healthy Ecosystems Can Provide 37% of Climate Solution

Healthy ecosystems can provide around 37% of the mitigation needed to limit the increase in global temperatures. That’s according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who warned against the “unprecedented threats” facing the world’s ecosystems, which are accelerating climate change. He noted since 1990, deforestation has caused the loss of more …