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 …

EU Aims to Tackle Climate Change With Newly Adopted ‘Green Finance’ Guidelines

Newly adopted guidelines set forth by the European Commission Tuesday aim to tackle climate change by way of the financial sector. The move comes to bolster the success of the Sustainable Action Plan published last year to reorient capital flows toward sustainable investment and manage financial risks from climate change, …

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 …

Canada Plans to Ban Wide Range of Plastics by 2021

Canada plans to ban a wide range of single-use plastics by 2021. The government has not yet ruled on which exact products will disappear from shelves but notes it will work to identify the most environmentally damaging plastic items. These are expected to be similar to the products included in …

Icelandic Waste to Get Shipped Abroad for Dutch Energy

Geminor has signed a deal to handle what it claims is the first ever export of treated waste from Iceland. The Norwegian resource management firm penned a five-year contract to ship refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from Iceland to the Netherlands, where it will be transported to a waste-to-energy facility. The agreement …

Italian Island of Capri Bans Single-Use Plastics

If you find yourself on the island of Capri, you’d better not have a plastic fork stuck in your bag, or else you might get a €500 fine. The new ruling, effective May 15, states that no more single-use plastics are allowed on the island, unless they’re made of biodegradable …

A Pretty Stream in Belgium Is so Polluted Its Water Could Be Used as...

The idyllic stream that meanders through the Flemish countryside has been called the most polluted stream in Europe. When you think of a polluted waterway, what do you envision? For me, a dark, oil-slicked river studded with garbage comes to mind, or maybe a malodorous and oddly colored creek in …