Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Smokers blind to devastating impact of butts on the environment, suggests survey

New research from environmental charity Hubbub seems to reveal just over 1 in 4 smokers (28%) are aware that cigarette butts are made from...

Call for government to make swift decision on ban on plastic in wet wipes

The government needs to make an immediate decision on banning plastic in wet wipes in order to help tackle this sewage-based pollution ending up...

On track for net zero? Observers respond to the UK government’s ten-point green plan

Commentators in the environmental sphere seemed to broadly welcome the UK government’s “Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”, unveiled on 18 November, although...
Hydrogen powered vehicle concept

Pop goes the diesel? Leaks and other hazards on the hydrogen roadmap

The race is on to develop the technology to exploit hydrogen fuel, widely regarded as offering the most promising pathway to a zero-carbon economy. And while it took over 40 years to bring solar and wind power to cost parity with legacy energy sources, those banking on hydrogen (everyone, it seems) are hoping to squeeze that development work into a much shorter timeframe. Envirotec surveys recent progress.

Plastic pollution is growing relentlessly as waste management and recycling fall short, says OECD

The world is producing twice as much plastic waste as two decades ago, with the bulk of it ending up in landfill, incinerated or...

IoT project will assess impact of climate change on forests, and inform UK policymaking

A trial is underway in forests in Surrey and Northumberland to assess the potential for Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor tree growth...

Subsidies to biomass plant in Teesside must be stopped says environmental coalition

On the day that MGT Teesside misses its latest deadline to begin operations (10 December), the Cut Carbon Not Forests (CCNF) coalition warns the...

Recycling e-waste should be a legal requirement in the EU, says report

A UN-backed report funded by the EU outlines a proposal whereby the recycling of certain components and sub-systems within electronic equipment should be mandated...

Turning e-waste into gold: The Royal Mint brings precious metal recovery technology to the...

The Royal Mint has signed an agreement with Canadian clean tech start up Excir to introduce a seemingly world first technology to the UK,...

SEPA household waste statistics 2019 highlight positive trends on recycling, carbon emissions and reduced...

Carbon impact of waste down 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from 2011 Less than 1 million tonnes of household waste sent to...

SEPA landfill plan aims to improve compliance and assist transition to a circular economy

SEPA has launched an ambitious plan that it says will "drive environmental compliance at Scotland’s landfill sites, harness innovation and help the sector responsibly...

Report is most comprehensive to date on challenges and solutions to the phosphorus crisis

Skyrocketing fertilizer prices in recent months highlight importance of challenges outlined in new report Phosphorus is an essential but often overlooked resource, which is...

Turning WEEE into gold: The Royal Mint to build South Wales plant

The Royal Mint has announced plans to build a "world first" plant in South Wales to recover gold from UK electronic waste. The facility...

Britons put planet before profit in their personal savings and expect more action from...

Brits want their pensions and investments to minimise climate impacts and support a sustainable economy; far more than those who only seek to maximise...

Wetland programme intended to protect rivers and chalk streams in East England

Proposals to create 26 new treatment wetlands across the East of England are part of a new wetland programme from Anglian Water, which the...

Uncrewed vessel returns from volcano caldera survey in Tonga loaded with ‘astounding’ data

A plethora of data and imagery obtained using an Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) is filling important gaps in scientists' understanding of the HungaTonga Hunga-Ha'apai...

New Antarctic study shows levels of ‘forever chemicals’ reaching the remote continent have been...

New evidence from Antarctica shows that toxic ‘fluorinated forever chemicals’ have increased markedly in the remote environment in recent decades and scientists believe CFC-replacements...

Government sets out new targets on air quality, water pollution, waste and woodland cover

The UK government announced new environmental targets in four key areas of air quality, water, waste reduction and woodland cover on 16 March....

UK government lagging far behind G7 peers in green jobs and investment plans, says...

UK seemingly ranks sixth for investment in net zero climate infrastructure – with only Japan scoring worse Report says UK Treasury plans for...

Two million UK micro-businesses don’t believe reducing their own emissions will make a difference...

Millions of micro-business owners do not believe they can have a positive impact on the UK’s targets for a net-zero economy, according to research...