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Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

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A speech by by Theresa May on Thursday will set out plans to tackle UK’s ‘throwaway culture’.
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Expansion expected of highly successful policy of charging 5p for each bag could be extended beyond large retailers

January 10, 2018 — The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”. Continue reading Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’

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Plastic bottles and other debris gather on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC. Plastic has now outstripped most other man-made materials. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

First global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or oceans

July 19, 2017 — Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents and oceans, according to a new report. Continue reading Plastic pollution risks ‘near permanent contamination of natural environment’

How to reduce your carbon footprint

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A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact. Photograph: Paul Bock/Alamy Stock Photo

From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions

January 19, 2017 — 1 Air travel is usually the largest component of the carbon footprint of frequent flyers. A single return flight from London to New York – including the complicated effects on the high Continue reading How to reduce your carbon footprint

Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year

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A satellite-based view of the Arctic. Scientists say it will be ice-free in summer in about 20 years under current climate action. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/NASA

New research calculates the impact of the average westerner’s carbon emissions to help people understand their own contribution to climate change

November 3, 2016 — The average westerner’s carbon emissions destroy 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice every year, according to new research.  Continue reading Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year

England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

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Plastic bag floating underwater at Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia. Around 8m tonnes of plastic flows into the world’s oceans each year. Photograph: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images

Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous year

July 31, 2016 — The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.  Continue reading England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

The Africans buying sunshine with their phones

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US president Barack Obama talks with an M-Kopa representative during the Power Africa Innovation Fair in Nairobi last year. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Solar-powered electricity units are removing the need for dangerous kerosene lamps and allowing Africans to stay connected

July 30, 2016 — Julie Njeri did not believe her son when he declared he no longer needed spectacles to read his books and complete his homework.  Continue reading The Africans buying sunshine with their phones

Will Chinese businesses step up to help China achieve climate goals

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A young woman stands amid heavy smog in Tiananmen Square, after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in December, 2015. Severe air and water pollution in China is being linked to an increase in cases of cancer and other serious health problems. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

With only 10% of Chinese firms carrying out sustainability initiatives, the country’s business sector will need to act quickly if China is to meet its emissions target

April 21, 2016 — China’s offshore oil drilling firm and the country’s largest oil producer with $98.53bn in revenue in 2014, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) inevitably disturbs marine life as it probes seabeds around the world for resources. Like other big Continue reading Will Chinese businesses step up to help China achieve climate goals

EU open to increasing 2030 carbon target, says top climate negotiator

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A solar farm in Cestas, France. The European commission’s director of climate strategy says he is open to the idea of strengthening Europe’s 2030 carbon target. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images
European commission appears to soften stance on whether it will strengthen its 40% carbon cut, after outcry over attempt to rule it out

March 9, 2016 — Europe’s chief climate negotiator has said he is open to increasing the EU’s carbon target for 2030, in a backdown by the European commission.

Continue reading EU open to increasing 2030 carbon target, says top climate negotiator