June 2019 Was Hottest on Record for the Globe

Mother Earth worked up a major sweat last month. Scorching temperatures made June 2019 the hottest June on record for the globe. And for the second month in a row, warmth brought Antarctic sea-ice coverage to a new low for June. Here’s a closer look into NOAA’s latest monthly global …

World Hunger Is Still Not Going Down and Obesity Is Still Growing

An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, says a new …

IEA Launches New Tool for Tracking Oil and Gas-Related Methane Emissions Worldwide

The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new “methane tracker” offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries. This new and …

Domestic Efficiency Measures ‘Pay for Themselves 12 years Faster Than Renewables’

Energy efficiency measures pay for themselves 12 years faster than renewable energy installations. That’s according to new research from price comparison website MoneySuperMarket, which highlights how the average renewable installation, such as rooftop solar panels or mini wind turbines, takes 21 years and three months before it starts to make …

Renewable Jobs Around the World Topped 11 Million in 2018

Renewable jobs around the world topped 11 million in 2018. That’s according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – this figure compares with 10.3 million clean energy jobs in 2017, the increase being driven by renewable energy industries increasingly spreading around the globe. The report …

Nearly 600 Plant Species ‘Have Gone Extinct in the last 250 Years’

As many as 571 plant species have gone extinct in the last 250 years. That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which suggests this is more than twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians that have died out over the …

EU Clean Water Laws Under Attack from Industry Lobbyists

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. The lobby offensive is aimed at weakening the bloc’s floods and water framework directives, which require all states to ensure …