Doconomy Launches Credit Card with a Carbon-Emission Spending Limit

Swedish fintech company Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon dioxide emissions of purchases, and caps the climate impact of users’ spending. The DO Black credit card directly connects our consumption to the impact it has on the planet, in a bid to encourage us to actively …

New York Is Curbing Food Waste and Helping People in Need with a New...

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature reached agreement on one of the most pro-environmental budget sessions in many years. Not surprisingly, Albany’s agreement on a new comprehensive congestion pricing plan and a new law to ban plastic bags grabbed top headlines in the press. But …

London Gets World’s First 24-Hour Air Pollution Charge Zone

London is the first city in the world to implement a 24-hour, seven day a week Ultra Low Emission Zone, inside which vehicles will have to meet tough emissions standards or face a charge. Monday’s introduction of the zone, known as the ULEZ, aims to reduce toxic air pollution and …

Skyscrapers Are Killing up to 1bn Birds a Year in US, Scientists Estimate

Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American cities are the deadliest for those …

Electric Vehicles Could Lower Electricity Prices

Regular readers of this column are well aware of the wonderful benefits of EV ownership. However, electric vehicles can also have a positive impact on the electric grid, serving as the perfect complement to renewable energy sources. Jeff McMahon, writing in Forbes, notes that a growing body of evidence supports …

New Study Claims Climate Change Could Be Linked to Heart Defects in Newborns

Heat and pregnancy do not mix. High temps don’t just make a pregnant woman uncomfortable, the heat can actually hurt the health of her baby — and with climate change, this will probably become a bigger problem. A study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Heart Association found that a …

Time-Saving Supersonic Airplanes Could Be a Disaster for the Environment

At least three companies are hoping to bring supersonic airplanes back into the skies, but environmental groups worry their return could mean a big increase in greenhouse gasses from aviation. The issue is expected to come to the fore next week as international regulators meet in Canada beginning Monday to …