Drought Increases CO2 Concentration in the Atmosphere, Say Researchers

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere rises faster during periods of drought as stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. That’s according to new research, which found during the driest years such as in 2015, natural ecosystems removed around 30% less carbon from the atmosphere than during a normal …

UK Summer ‘Wind Drought’ Puts Green Revolution into Reverse

Britain’s long heatwave threw the country’s green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix. The summer of 2017 was lauded as the “greenest ever” for electricity generation, thanks to a growing number of windfarms and …

Fast-Melting Lakes Could Increase Permafrost Emissions 118 Percent

Scientists may need to more than double their assessment of how much carbon dioxide and methane thawing Arctic permafrost will release into the atmosphere this century, according to a study published this month. The paper, published in Nature Communications Aug. 15, said that previous estimates for how greenhouse gasses released …

City of London Introduces Emissions-Based Car Parking Charges

The City of London Corporation is introducing new charges for on-street parking based on a vehicle’s pollution levels to help improve air quality. The organisation, which is the governing body of the financial and commercial district Square Mile, will use RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking technology from Monday, 20th August 2018 …

Brazil Meets a Major Emissions Goal Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Brazil has just announced that it has cut 2017 greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation to levels far below its 2020 goal. The country originally aimed to reduce emissions from this source by 564 million tons in the Amazon and by 170 million tons in the Cerrado savanna by 2020, in …

Older, Diesel Vehicles in London Could Soon Face Parking Surcharge

Owners of older, polluting diesel vehicles could soon have to pay a parking surcharge in central London. Westminster City Council has launched a consultation to gather the views of residents, businesses and the wider public as to whether the move to improve air quality should be introduced. A trial version …

Green Foods Could Clean Up the Construction Industry

We’ve all heard of eating our vegetables, but what about building with them? A new study by Lancaster University‘s B-SMART program will examine the effects of incorporating root vegetables – yes, vegetables – into cement production for a stronger and more sustainable way of building. The project, funded by the …