There Will Be 9.7 Billion on Earth by 2050, but the Growth Rate Is...

“The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights”, estimates that the next 30 years will see the global population add an extra 2 billion people to today’s figure of 7.7 billion, and, by the end of the century, the planet will have to sustain around 11 billion. India will overtake China, sub-Saharan …

Indonesia Will Move its Capital from Fast-Sinking Jakarta

Indonesia’s president elect announced plans this week to move the country’s capital away from Jakarta, reportedly the fastest sinking city in the world. A 2018 report said that Jakarta, located on the island of Java, was one of the global cities most vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate …

Nearly 170m Under-10s Unvaccinated Against Measles Worldwide

Nearly 170 million children in the world under the age of 10, including half a million in the UK and 2.5 million in the US, are unprotected from measles in the face of growing outbreaks of the disease, Unicef is warning. More than 21 million children a year are not …

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Deforestation in Tropical Countries Linked to European Diets in New Study

One-sixth of the carbon footprint of the average diet in the European Union can be directly linked to deforestation in tropical countries, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The study, due to be published in the May 2019 edition of the journal Global …

Shell to Invest $300m to Offset Carbon Emissions

Royal Dutch Shell has committed to invest $300 million (£230m) over the next three years in projects that help offset carbon emissions. It will fund large-scale forest projects in Indonesia, Peru and the US as part of its strategy to act on climate change and will contribute to the energy …

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Heineken Brews Up Water Reduction Pledge

Heineken has pledged to reduce its water usage and treat 100% of the water used for brewing by 2030. Its ‘Every Drop’ water ambitions – developed in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal – aims to maximise water circularity in water stressed areas through recovery, reuse and recycling and …

European Commission Concludes Palm Oil Is Environmentally Damaging

The European Commission has concluded palm oil is environmentally damaging and results in excessive deforestation. The decision means it is likely to be removed from transport biofuels as it will not contribute to EU renewable transport targets for national governments. The cultivation of palm oil primarily takes place in Indonesia …