World’s Consumption of Materials Hits Record 100bn Tonnes a Year

The amount of material consumed by humanity has passed 100bn tonnes every year, a report has revealed, but the proportion being recycled is falling. The climate and wildlife emergencies are driven by the unsustainable extraction of fossil fuels, metals, building materials and trees. The report’s authors warn that treating the …

World Environment Day

On the eve of a critical year for environmental decision-making, Colombia, Germany and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Colombia will host World Environment Day 2020 in partnership with Germany and that it will focus on biodiversity. World Environment Day takes place every year on 5 June. It is the …

Spain Offers to Host UN Climate Conference After Chile Cancellation

Spain has offered to host the COP25 UN climate conference in December after weeks of violent protests forced the Chilean government to cancel both the global environmental meeting and next month’s Apec trade summit. On Thursday afternoon, the Spanish government said the acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, had offered to …

Renewable Jobs Around the World Topped 11 Million in 2018

Renewable jobs around the world topped 11 million in 2018. That’s according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – this figure compares with 10.3 million clean energy jobs in 2017, the increase being driven by renewable energy industries increasingly spreading around the globe. The report …

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Car-Free Sundays Are the Norm in Colombia’s Capital City, Bogotá

Imagine your city without cars — every single Sunday. At first, you might be frustrated by the inconvenience and inability to complete errands, but once you embrace the throngs of bikes, recognize your friends and neighbors among the people out for a stroll or attend a Zumba class at what …

The EU Banned Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters. This …

Indonesia’s Deforestation Dropped 60 Percent in 2017

In the midst of the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss in 2017, Indonesia saw an encouraging sign: a 60 percent drop in tree cover loss in primary forests compared with 2016. That’s the difference in carbon dioxide emissions from primary forest loss equivalent to 0.2 gigatons of carbon …