European Transport Needs to Adapt to Rising Climate Risks

From road and rail networks to ports, airports and inland waterways, critical transport resources are facing unprecedented threats from climate change impacts, notably severe flooding. However, adapting transport systems to rising climate risks has so far received relatively low attention and better planning is required to avoid damage and related …

Global Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Flattened in 2019, Following Two Years of Increases

Global emission trends Global energy-related CO2 emissions flattened in 2019 at around 33 gigatonnes (Gt), following two years of increases. This resulted mainly from a sharp decline in CO2 emissions from the power sector in advanced economies (Australia, Canada, Chile, European Union, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, …

Trees in the City – Plaudits for Sustainable Urban Forestry Trailblazers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation announced the first cities to be recognized under the Tree Cities of the World programme, designed to help create more resilient and sustainable cities. Among the first-movers were capital cities such as Ljubljana, Quito, Paris, Yerevan, …

UK Could Put Tariffs on Food From Countries With Lower Standards

The UK could introduce tariffs on imports of food from countries with lower food safety and farming standards than the UK, using World Trade Organization rules, the environment secretary has suggested. “We want to ensure all our food comes from countries that meet our standards,” Theresa Villiers told an audience …

Energy Efficiency Means More Comfortable Lives and Lower Energy Bills

The global economy is set to double in size over the next 20 years. But that does not mean it will need twice as much energy to power all the extra cars, homes and factories such growth will bring. By taking the available opportunities to become more energy efficient, we …

Net Zero Carbon Neighbourhood to Be Built in South Wales

One of the world’s first net zero carbon neighbourhoods will be constructed in Wales after Neath Port Talbot council approved the development of 35 homes able to generate more clean energy than they use. Development of the £8m project in Pontardawe in south Wales is expected to begin this spring. …

Christmas Jumpers Add to Plastic Pollution Crisis

Britons’ love of novelty Christmas jumpers is helping to fuel the world’s plastic pollution crisis, a report has warned. Whether emblazoned with flashing lights or alpine motifs, 12m jumpers are set to be snapped up this year, despite 65m already languishing in UK wardrobes. But as well as triggering huge …