Forest Area Twice the Size of UK ‘Cut Down to Grow Food Since 2010’

An area of forest twice the size of the UK has been cut down since 2010 to set up food plantations. That’s the verdict from Greenpeace International, which claims unsustainable farms supply many of the world’s leading food companies. It says despite a promise made in 2010 by the Consumer …

Antarctic Ice Melting Faster than ever, Studies Show

Ice in the Antarctic is melting at a record-breaking rate and the subsequent sea rises could have catastrophic consequences for cities around the world, according to two new studies. A report led by scientists in the UK and US found the rate of melting from the Antarctic ice sheet has …

More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

In a historic move, more than 40 UK companies have signed up to fight plastic pollution as part of the UK Plastics Pact, The Independent reported Wednesday. The pact, which officially launches today, is a groundbreaking alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and governments working to transform packaging in the UK …

Offshore Wind Costs Have Dropped by More Than 50% in Under 5 Years

Government figures, to be published by National Grid this week, are expected to show that the price paid for electricity from offshore wind farms has dropped by more than 50% in under five years. According to Greenpeace UK, this would make offshore wind the lowest cost option for large-scale, low-carbon power. …

UK Government to Ban New Petrol and Diesel Cars and Vans from 2040

The government will today set out a vision for removing the internal combustion engine from Britain’s roads by setting a 2040 date for banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans. The long-awaited Air Quality Plan will be published today and will feature a commitment to end …

Britain Set to Have its First Coal-Free Day since Industrial Revolution

The United Kingdom’s grid operator just announced an incredible prediction—April 21 is probably going to be the country’s first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution. “Great Britain has never had a continuous 24 hour period without coal. Today is looking like it could be the first,” according to a tweet …

Mayoral hopefuls urged to back tenfold increase in London solar capacity

London could deliver a tenfold increase in solar power over the next 10 years, closing the gap which has seen the capital become the worst performing major city and region in the UK for solar adoption. That is the conclusion of a new report released today by campaign group Greenpeace, …