Diesel Pollution Stunts Children’s Lung Growth, Major Study Shows

Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found. The research, conducted with more than 2,000 school children in London, is the first such study in a city where diesel pollution is a significant factor, and has implications …

Supermarkets Still Produce Thousands of Tonnes of Plastic Bags

Big supermarkets are producing billions of single-use plastic bags each year despite charges that are designed to reduce their use by the public. The UK’s 10 leading supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Co-op and Aldi, continue to put plastic bags into their shops three years after the introduction of …

UK MPs Demand Fashion Brand Bosses to Disclose Environmental Impacts

The Environmental Audit Committee has written to 10 retailers to find out how they are mitigating them They include Marks and Spencer, Primark, Next, Arcadia, Asda, TK Maxx and Homesense, Tesco, JD Sports Fashion, Debenhams and Sports Direct International The production of clothing involves water and energy intensive processes, resulting …

UK Commits £170m for Climate Projects in Developing Countries

Prime Minister Theresa May also pledged to share the UK’s expertise to help nations transition to cleaner and greener energy systems. The UK Government has committed £169.5 million of funding to support developing countries affected by climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement at the UN General Assembly in New York …

Highly charged: Complaints as Electric Car Points Block City Pavements

Cities across the world are rushing to install charging points to encourage and keep up with demand from increasing numbers of electric vehicles. By the end of last year there were almost 600,000 street charging points globally. But while some cities, such as Paris, are introducing charging points inconspicuously, many …

Scientists Develop ‘Infinitely’ Recyclable Plastics Replacement

One of the factors driving the plastic pollution crisis is that very little of it gets reused effectively—as of 2015, only 9 percent of all plastics ever made had been recycled, a 2017 Science Advances study found. This is because, as ScienceNews explained, when plastics break down, they usually break …

£20m Study to Investigate Collapse Risk of Major Antarctic Glacier

British and US scientists are to collaborate on a £20m project to examine the Thwaites glacier in west Antarctica, a major glacier that drains an area about the size of the UK. The collapse of the glacier could begin within the next few decades or centuries. Understanding more about the …