Europe’s Forests Are Booming and Here’s Why

Around the world, forests are shrinking due to deforestation, urban development and climate change, but in Europe that trend has been reversed. Large areas of the continent have seen a forest boom that means today more than two-fifths of Europe is tree-covered. Between 1990 and 2015, the area covered by …

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Your Next Pair of Sneakers Could Be Made from Coffee

Coffee is a big deal. While just a handful of countries dominate production, it’s consumed in vast amounts almost everywhere on the planet: around 2 billion cups are drunk every day. All that coffee produces a lot of waste. Coffee grounds often end up in landfill or being washed into …

EU Clean Water Laws Under Attack from Industry Lobbyists

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. The lobby offensive is aimed at weakening the bloc’s floods and water framework directives, which require all states to ensure …

Finnish Bus Operator Introduces Voluntary Surcharge for Greener Transport

Finnish bus service provider Savonlinja has announced it is introducing a voluntary surcharge on the ticket price for customers for low-emission journeys. Called Green Travel, it is being launched in partnership with Neste on all long-distance travel to reduce the bus operator’s greenhouse gas emissions. Customers can decide on the …

Finland Approves 2029 Coal Ban For Energy Use

Finland has brought forward its coal phase-out date by one year, according to reports, with the new deadline set for May 1, 2029, after which coal will be banned from use as an energy source except in an emergency. Reuters reported last Friday that the Finnish Parliament approved on Wednesday …

EU invests €116m in climate and environmental projects

The European Commission has announced an investment worth €116 million (£102m) to support 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects. They are being funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Change, which has a budget of €3.4 billion (£3bn) between 2014 and 2020. Projects include the replacement of …

Microplastics Found in Human Poop for the First Time

Tiny pieces of plastic measuring less than five millimeters in length—or roughly the size of a sesame seed—have become a nearly ubiquitous presence in our world. Scientists have found the particles, better known as microplastics, everywhere from the oceans, the air to tap and bottled water as well as beer, …