Coastal residents fear ‘hideous’ seawalls will block waterfront views

Aesthetics and social inequity are cause for concern as locals grapple with proposals to protect cities from climate change

A dire forecast: Scientists used AI to find planet could cross critical warming threshold sooner than expected

The planet could cross critical global warming thresholds sooner than previous models have predicted, even with concerted global climate action, according to a new study using machine learning.

4 Sustainable Packaging Predictions for 2023

A look at what’s likely ahead triggers that déjà vu feeling. But we still have to be prepared and, in many ways, we are not.

2023 Sustainable Packaging Trends

As the year begins, there’s no better time to examine the impact of sustainability on product packaging than now.

Climate crisis: past eight years were the eight hottest ever, says UN

Report at Cop27 shows the world is now deep into the climate emergency, with the 1.5C heating limit ‘barely within reach’

2022 will be warmest year on record in UK, says Met Office

Provisional figures show annual average temperature will exceed previous record set in 2014

Flying insect numbers plunge 64% since 2004, UK survey finds

Scientists behind car number plate study say ‘potentially catastrophic’ decline must be reversed

Microplastics deposited on the seafloor have tripled in 20 years

The total amount of microplastics deposited on the bottom of oceans has tripled in the past two decades with a progression that corresponds to the type and volume of consumption of plastic products by society.

Plastic recycling: green necessity or waste of effort?

Since the 1950s, some 9bn tonnes of plastic have been produced globally. About half of that was made in the past 20 years.

Plastic in human blood – How much more proof do we need before we act?

New research has found plastic particles in human blood samples. In 1972, we were warned for the first time about the dangers of plastic pollution

Plastic Rain Is Real And It's Happening. Here Are The Details

Experts calculated that 74 metric tonnes of microplastics fall from sky onto city each year, the equivalent of more than 3 million plastic bottles.

The five ways we’re killing nature and why it has to stop – video explainer

Fighting the climate emergency is only one side of the story. Science tells us we must tackle the biodiversity crisis at the same time as addressing global heating to save the planet from further catastrophe.

Rapidly Melting Glaciers Are Releasing a Staggering Payload of Unknown Bacteria

Fast-melting glaciers are releasing staggering amounts of bacteria into rivers and streams, which could transform icy ecosystems, scientists warn.

A trash heap 62 meters high shows the scale of India’s climate challenge

New Delhi CNN —
At the Bhalswa landfill in northwest Delhi, a steady flow of jeeps zigzag up the trash heap to dump more garbage on a pile now over 62 meters (203 feet) high.

Plastic never dies: the museum of vintage waste – in pictures

The Archeoplastica project exhibits more than 200 artefacts found on beaches, from retro toys to food packets to detergent bottles

New report paints dire picture of America’s future as climate crisis accelerates

The federal report paints a dire picture of what life is now like in America amid the climate crisis, and the incredible changes in store in the future. And it outlines some painful truths about global warming we must confront, but so far have not.

Air pollution linked to almost a million stillbirths a year

First global analysis follows discovery of toxic pollution particles in lungs and brains of foetuses. Almost a million stillbirths a year can be attributed to air pollution, according to the first global study.

Biggest climate toll in year of ‘devastating’ disasters revealed

Most expensive storm cost $100bn while deadliest floods killed 1,700 and displaced 7 million, report finds. The 10 most expensive stors, floods and droughts in 2022 each cost at least $3bn in a “devestating” year on the frontline of the climate crisis.

Crunch time as crisp makers adopt plastic-free packets

When Del Currie decided to give up single-use plastic he had one “naughty secret” – he couldn’t quit his love of crisps.

Plastic packaging isn’t really ‘recyclable’ in the US, Greenpeace report says

We’ve known for years that plastic recycling rates are low, but they’ve managed to get even worse. 

Tetra Pak underlines socio-political and economic issues deprioritising sustainability in food industry

New studies conducted by Tetra Pak have suggested that food producers and manufacturers and consumers alike are struggling to prioritise sustainability efforts in the current socio-political and economic climate.

Microplastics found in human breast milk for the first time

Exclusive: Researchers concerned over potential health impacts of chemical contaminants on babies

Single-use plastic is wreaking havoc on the planet. Here’s what you can do to minimize your impact

The life cycle of plastic begins underground, where oil and gas are extracted from deep below the surface of the planet

Big Oil has engaged in a long-running climate disinformation campaign while raking in record profits, lawmakers find

Big Oil companies have engaged in a “long-running greenwashing campaign” while raking in “record profits at the expense of American consumers,” the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee has found after a year-long investigation into climate disinformation from the fossil fuel industry.

SUPA unveils 'world's first' plastic-free paper bottle for laundry products

SUPA claims to have produced the world’s first plastic-free paper bottle for laundry and washing up liquids under its eco-mate brand in an effort to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic

Green tariffs: what are they and why do they matter?

They are considered a means of levelling the playing field between countries with differing commitments to cutting carbon

Plastic Pollution

This is our main data entry on plastics, with a particular focus on its pollution of the environment.

Climate change is making hurricanes more frequent and severe, scientists believe

Scientists are growing increasingly confident that climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent and severe.

Tesco to remove plastic wrap from multipacks of own-brand drinks

Tesco will remove the plastic wrap from multipacks of its own brand drinks in the coming months.

What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism?

The UK is witnessing extreme tempera-tures, prompting public outcry. Yet new proposals to counter this are coming up short.

Revealed: how climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather

Guardian analysis shows human caused global heating is driving more frequent and deadly disasters across the planet, in most comprehensive compilation to date

Why Old Spice, Colgate and Dawn are locked up at drug stores

Most of the products on the drug store shelf are behind lock and key, even everyday items such as deodorant, toothpaste, candy, dish detergent, soap and aluminum foil.

What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism?

The UK is witnessing extreme temperatures, prompting public outcry. Yet new proposals to counter this are coming up short

SE Asia’s damaged peat swamps could release 8.7 gigatons of CO2

Conversion of carbon-rich peat- lands is a major driver of climate change, especially in Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia.

Plastic Pollution Facts: 20 Things to Know and What's Being Done to Help

Plastic pollution has garnered extensive attention in the past years as we are collectively waking up to the realities of our wasteful, linear economy.

Revealed: oil sector’s ‘staggering’ $3bn-a-day profits for last 50 years

Vast sums provide power to ‘buy every politician’ and delay action on climate crisis, says expert.

What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism?

The UK is witnessing extreme temperatures, prompting public outcry. Yet new proposals to counter this are coming up short

SE Asia’s damaged peat swamps could release 8.7 gigatons of CO2

Conversion of carbon-rich peat- lands is a major driver of climate change, especially in Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia.

Plastic Pollution Facts: 20 Things to Know and What's Being Done to Help

Plastic pollution has garnered extensive attention in the past years as we are collectively waking up to the realities of our wasteful, linear economy.

Revealed: oil sector’s ‘staggering’ $3bn-a-day profits for last 50 years

Vast sums provide power to ‘buy every politician’ and delay action on climate crisis, says expert.

California takes on Big Plastic over recycling myths

California will investigate whether fossil fuel companies have broken the law by perpetuating myths about plastic recylcing, Attorney General Rob Bonta announced yesterday

Simon Mundy tells the story of facing climate change across the world

Simon Mundy, who began his journalistic career in South Africa, will be talking about his book, Race for Tomorrow at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on 13 May at 13:00.

Which Plastics Are the Least Recyclable?

Just because something has the recycling label, doesn’t mean it actually can or will be recycled.

World's plastic waste mapped from space for the first time

The Global Plastic Watch team took Sky News on a virtual tour of the site before it launched, showing the hundreds of plastic waste sites scattered round the world.

Climate change:
Future of Winter Olympics and snow sports on thin ice, report warns

A new report warns that warmer, shorter seasons are fuelling greater demands for energy – and water-intensive snow canons, creating more dangerous conditons.

Interview: EmmaKeller, Nestlé’s Head of Sustainability

For Emma Keller, Nestlé’s head of sustainability, protecting the environment is something that goes well beyond her job title.

Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Pollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says there’s a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics.

Omicron survives much longer on plastic, skin than earlier coronavirus variants: Study

The Omicron variant is currently a major concern owing to the rapidly increasing number of infected patients worldwide. The Omicron variant of coronavirus can remain alive on skin for over 21 hours, and more than eights days on plastic surfaces, which may be contributing to its faster spread compared to other strains.

Economic losses and fatalities from weather- and climate-related events in Europe

The EU adaptation strategy aims to build resilience and ensure that Europe is well prepared to manage the risks from and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including limiting economic losses and other harm.

‘Waste colonialism’: world grapples west’s unwanted plastic

One hundred and 41 containers filled with rotting plastic waste have been on a journey for more than a year.

Can you recycle wrapping paper?

We throw away an estimated 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year at Christmas in the UK, according to waste management company BIFFA.

Climate change imperils world’s oil and gas reserves: research

Much of the world’s reserves of oil and gas is under threat from rising tides, storms, floods and extreme temperatures caused by climate change, risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft said on Thursday.

Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040

An estimatecd 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for our environment – both on land and in the ocean – by 2040, unless worldwide action is taken!

Can we survive the Earth Crisis?

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Climate change:
Future of Winter Olympics and snow sports on thin ice, report warns

A new report warns that warmer, shorter seasons are fuelling greater demands for energy – and water-intensive snow canons, creating more dangerous conditons.

Interview: EmmaKeller, Nestlé’s Head of Sustainability

For Emma Keller, Nestlé’s head of sustainability, protecting the environment is something that goes well beyond her job title.

Extreme heat in oceans ‘passed point of no return’ in 2014

Pollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report

Omicron survives much longer on plastic, skin than earlier coronavirus variants: Study

The Omicron variant is currently a major concern owing to the rapidly increasing number of infected patients worldwide. The Omicron variant of coronavirus can remain alive on skin for over 21 hours, and more than eights days on plastic surfaces, which may be contributing to its faster spread compared to other strains.

Economic losses and fatalities from weather- and climate-related events in Europe

Economic losses and fatalities from weather- and climate-related events in Europe

Can you recycle wrapping paper?

One hundred and 41 containers filled with rotting plastic waste have been on a journey for more tha

We throw away an estimated 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year at Christmas in the UK, according to waste management company BIFFA.

an a year.

Climate change imperils world’s oil and gas reserves: research

Much of the world’s reserves of oil and gas is under threat from rising tides, storms, floods and extreme temperatures caused by climate change, risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft said on Thursday.

Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040

An estimatecd 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for our environment – both on land and in the ocean – by 2040, unless worldwide action is taken!