28,000 Jobs at Risk in North of England over Low-Carbon Economy

As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the region could be at the heart of …

Plastic Straws and Cotton Buds Could Be Banned in England in a Year

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation on the proposals. Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could be banned within a year in England under government plans to reduce pollution. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation – until 3rd December 2018 – on the proposals to …

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Irish Sea

The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened in the Irish Sea on Thursday, covering an area of 145 square kilometers (55 square miles). The 659-megawatt Walney Extension, located approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Cumbria, England, consists of 87 turbines and is capable of generating enough renewable …

UK Public Urged to Use Water Wisely

The public is being urged to use water wisely as the UK environment “suffered” due to the heatwave between May and July. The call from the National Drought Group comes after a meeting, chaired by Environment Agency (EA) Chief Executive Sir James Bevan, discussed pressure on water resources and the …

Climate Change Threatens Champagne’s Unique Taste

Climate change is threatening regional culinary traditions from Tabasco sauce to maple syrup, and now you can add champagne to that list. Warmer temperatures and earlier harvests in the famous wine-making region are producing grapes with less acid, and acid is important for both the aging process and the freshness …

5,500 UK Churches Switch to Renewable Energy

More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change. Church of England places of worship, along with Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker and Salvation Army congregations, have made the switch to 100% renewable electricity, and faith leaders are …

Temperatures in South-West Europe Could Break 48C Record This Weekend

Large parts of southern and western Europe are expected to experience high temperatures this weekend with forecasters warning that thermometers could reach up to 48C in Spain. Holidaymakers bound for the Iberian peninsula have been warned to expect extreme heat, with the chance of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in …