Avoiding Meat and Dairy Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ to Reduce Your Impact on Earth

Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet. The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use …

Romania Breaks Up Alleged €25m Illegal Logging Ring

Romania’s security forces have mounted a series of raids to break up an alleged €25m illegal logging ring, in what is believed to be the largest operation of its kind yet seen in Europe. Officers from Romania’s Directorate for Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) swooped on 23 addresses …

China Isn’t Taking Our Recycling: Here’s What We Could Do With It Instead

Last year, China announced that it is officially done accepting “foreign garbage.” That is: plastic and paper recycling scraps from the U.S. and Europe. Since March 1, the country has barred 24 materials, including plastic and paper, from entering its borders. The few items the nation will take, like scrap …

Two Studies Reveal Amazing Resilience of Older Forests

Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but two recent studies revealed that old forests around the world are full of surprises. In Europe, scientists working to complete the first ever map of the continent’s old growth forests discovered there were more of them than previously believed. And …

EU Proposes Banning Plastic Straws, Cutlery and Cotton Buds

The European Commission has proposed banning plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds under new plans to crackdown on marine litter. They are among the 10 single-use plastic products targeted that are said to be most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear …

Construction Delays Make New Nuclear Power Plants Costlier than Ever

The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 per cent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found. A new analysis of the history of nuclear power plant projects shows since 2010 delays have contributed 18 per cent the costs. These delays – which …

Illegal Online Sales of Endangered Wildlife Rife in Europe

The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on …