‘We Are Last Generation That Can Stop Climate Change’ – UN Summit

Big cuts in carbon emissions and a rise in protection from extreme weather urgently needed. The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts. Almost 200 nations were …

Air Pollution Cuts Two Years off the Average World Life Expectancy

We already knew that air pollution had officially become the world’s biggest killer. Now, an Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) analysis by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has found just that air pollution will cut the average global lifespan by 1.8 years. In countries where air …

Europe ‘Powers Towards Decarbonisation by 2045’

Europe’s power sector could be fully decarbonised by as early as 2045. That’s according to a new study from Eurelectric, which says the region could beat the 2050 targets set out by the Paris Agreement through electrifying key economic sectors. The report suggests increased investments in renewables and grids will …

Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Hits Highest Rate in 10 Years

About 7,900 square kilometers (3,050 square miles) of forest was cleared in the Brazilian Amazon between August 2017 and July 2018, the worst annual deforestation rate in a decade, according to government data. That’s a 13.7 percent jump from the same period last year. As Greenpeace Brazil noted, approximately 1.185 billion trees cut down in an area …

EU Parliament Backs Ban on Single-Use Plastics

The throwaway plastics to be banned from 2021 include straws, cutlery, plates, balloon sticks and cotton buds The proposals also call for at least a 25% reduction by 2025 in the use of burger and sandwich boxes and food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts and ice creams EU states would …

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, …

Global Resource Consumption ‘to Double by 2060’

By 2060, global consumption of raw resources is set to nearly double to 167 gigatonnes. That’s according to a new OECD report, which warns as the global economy expands, living standards rise and world population soars to 10 billion people, it will be mirrored by the projected increase in the extraction …