Forest Area Twice the Size of UK ‘Cut Down to Grow Food Since 2010’

An area of forest twice the size of the UK has been cut down since 2010 to set up food plantations. That’s the verdict from Greenpeace International, which claims unsustainable farms supply many of the world’s leading food companies. It says despite a promise made in 2010 by the Consumer …

Scotland Smashes Tree Planting Targets

Scotland’s national tree planting targets have been “smashed”. The nation’s Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said new planting was undertaken across 11,200 hectares in 2018, significantly surpassing the 10,000 hectare annual target. The previous year, just 7,100 hectares of new trees were planted. In his announcement, he stressed that tree …

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 …

Cobalt Production ‘Must Nearly Double to Enable Required EV Growth’

Cobalt production needs to nearly double to make and charge enough electric vehicles (EVs) for the UK to meet its 2050 climate targets. That’s according to a letter co-authored by the Natural History Museum’s Head of Earth Sciences, Professor Richard Herrington, which has been delivered to the Committee on Climate …

What’s the Cheapest Country to Run an EV?

What’s the cheapest country to run an electric vehicle (EV)? A new set of statistics calculated by Compare the Market suggests it might be the South American nation of Chile, where it costs as little as £5.32 to fully power an EV, due to the low average household cost of …

Donald Trump’s State Visit ‘to Emit 2,619 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide’

Donald Trump’s state visit will produce as much carbon dioxide as an average British home does in 970 years. That’s the verdict from renewable energy supplier Pure Planet, which has calculated the US President’s trip to the UK will emit 2,619 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The President, the First Lady, …

Malaysia to Send Plastic Waste Back to UK and Other Foreign Countries

The Malaysian Government has ordered several thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste to be sent back to the countries it came from, including the UK and US. Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia, along with many other developing countries, have become a dumping ground for rich nations, with much …