Big Pharma Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than the Automotive Industry

Rarely does mention of the pharmaceutical industry conjure up images of smoke stacks, pollution and environmental damage. Yet our recent study found the global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming, but it is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector. It was a surprise …

UN: Healthy Ecosystems Can Provide 37% of Climate Solution

Healthy ecosystems can provide around 37% of the mitigation needed to limit the increase in global temperatures. That’s according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who warned against the “unprecedented threats” facing the world’s ecosystems, which are accelerating climate change. He noted since 1990, deforestation has caused the loss of more …

English Tree Planting Challenge Will Help Plant 130,000 Trees

More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge …

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any …

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Can Slash Air Pollution’

Plastic bag bans can not only cut down on marine waste and reduce damage to valuable ecosystems – they can also slash air pollution. That’s according to a new study published by UN Environment, which highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of air pollution, especially in …

US Awards Nearly $10m to Clean Up Polluting School Buses

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $9.3 million (£7.1m) to replace 473 old and polluting diesel school buses. The new funding will be spread across 145 school bus fleets in 43 states or territories and is sourced through the governmentbody’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The …

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100 Million Tree-Planting Initiative Launched By Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation today announced the launch of its Time for Trees initiative, a commitment to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities worldwide by 2022 – the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. The initiative will leverage trees as a simple, powerful way to preserve the necessities of …