This Is Why Denmark, Sweden and Germany Are Considering a Meat Tax

Carnivores are in the firing line, with nations including Germany, Denmark and Sweden considering a tax on meat. Advocates of such a plan say the environmental impact, health ramifications and concerns about animal welfare underpin the need for such a levy. But how realistic is it? And would it really …

Students Changing the World – This Year’s Google Science Fair Winners

When Google Science Fair launched last fall, students were challenged to channel their curiosity and ingenuity to invent, code or build a solution to a problem they’re passionate about. Thousands of students participated, and past weekend Google welcomed their 24 finalists—from 14 countries around the world—to explore Google’s headquarters to …

Aldi to Trial Plastic-Free Veg at Its Stores in England

Aldi is extending a trial to eliminate the use of plastic packaging for some fresh vegetables at its stores in England. The supermarket started selling five loose fresh produce, including savoy cabbage, white and red cabbage, pointed cabbage and cauliflower, without plastic wrapping in Scotland earlier this year. It says …

McDonald’s Puts the Freeze on McFlurry Plastic Packaging

McDonald’s has announced it is to stop using single-use plastic to package its McFlurry ice creams and salad options. Once the environmentally-friendly change comes into effect in September, the brand expects it will reduce plastic waste by around 485 tonnes every year. Instead, the food options will be served in …

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Ireland Awards €7m for Energy Efficiency in Schools

A total of 17 schools in Ireland are to benefit from a €7 million (£6m) fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The government-funded pilot scheme aims to create a scalable model for energy-saving retrofitting for schools, targeting a 33% reduction in energy consumption as well as testing delivery …

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IKEA Introduces Environmentally-Friendly Ice Cream

IKEA has introduced an environmentally-friendly vegan ice cream to its Bistro menu in Europe. Starting from April 2019, the retailer will sell its sustainable strawberry-flavour soft ice, which it says has almost half the carbon footprint of traditional dairy-based soft ice and is one of the most popular IKEA Bistro …

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 …