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UK becomes first country to declare ‘environment and climate change emergency’

The UK Government has become the first in the world to declare an official ‘environment and climate emergency’. MPs passed the landmark motion today (May 2) which environmentalists hope will force through legislation to tackle climate change and encourage other governments to follow suit. There is no specific definition of what an ‘emergency’ entails and …

Shrimp tested in UK rivers contained cocaine, ketamine and pesticides

Cocaine, ketamine and pesticides were among 56 different substances found in shrimp taken from UK rivers. Scientists studied 15 locations in Suffolk and found the crustaceans contained cocaine in every single area. The study, published in Environment International, aimed to discover which chemicals are making their way into our water. King’s College London conducted the …

‘Biodegradable’ Plastic bags can still hold shopping after spending three years in the ocean

The term ‘biodegradable’ has become more common in recent years as consumers become aware of the impact plastic has on the ocean. Anyone buying a so-called eco-friendly bag might expect it to swiftly disintegrate into the sea as it reaches the coast – but latest research has blown these perceptions out of the water. A …

Giraffes Set To Be Listed As An Endangered Species After Numbers Drop By 40 Percent

The giraffe looks set to be officially listed as an endangered species after conservationists piled on evidence to prove the animal’s frightening decline in numbers. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has recognised ‘substantial evidence’ that giraffes are critically endangered, finally reacting to pressure from activists to protect the animal. Wildlife preservation groups have …

A water supplier has faced a furious backlash for urging people to go meat-free for one day

Outraged Welsh farmers and meat-eaters have forced a water supplier to cancel an advertising campaign which encouraged people to go meat-free for one day. Non-profit water services company Welsh Water launched the Facebook advert urging people to ditch meat to reduce their water consumption, besides the caption #watersavingweek. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water posted a picture …

Edible Water Pods Were Handed Out At The London Marathon, Reducing Huge Amounts Of Plastic Waste

Edible water bottles were handed out to runners at the London Marathon this weekend to reduce the huge amount of plastic waste created by the event. At the conclusion of the London Marathon, the streets are usually littered with plastic bottles. Runners and spectators spend hours on the streets and need to remain sufficiently hydrated. …

Vegan Presenter Chris Packham Secured A Ban On Bird Shooting, So Vandals Hung Dead Crows Outside His Home

Vandals left two dead crows hanging outside vegan BBC presenter Chris Packham’s home after he successfully secured a ban against bird shooting. The Wild Justice group, which was founded by the naturalist, recently brought about the abrupt banning of a ‘general licence’ which allowed 16 species of birds to be shot. The shooting industry were …

50,000 customers demand McDonald’s brings back plastic straws

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for McDonald’s to bring back its single-use plastic straws. The fast food chain’s customers have complained on social media about the new paper straws ‘dissolving’ in drinks – despite the rigorous testing McDonald’s claims to have carried out. And one customer was so outraged about the …

The UK could meet climate targets by turning animal agriculture land into forests… And still produce enough protein

The UK could meet its Paris Agreement targets by turning land used for animal agriculture back into forests, according to new research from Harvard University. The report concluded that converting land currently used for grazing and growing animal feed crops back to forest could soak up 12 years’ carbon emissions. The land could be converted …

Vegan activist Greta Thunberg tells EU leaders to forget Brexit and act on climate change in emotional speech

16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg has given a powerful speech to EU leaders about their failure to deal with climate change and mass extinction. Thunberg, best known for inspiring school kids across the world to walk out of school in climate change protest, criticised EU leaders at a summit in Strasbourg. The Swedish activist questioned how …

Scotland’s Isle of Arran has been recognised as the first ‘plastic-free community’

The Isle of Arran in Scotland has been recognised as the first ‘Plastic Free Community’ due to work by residents to reduce the use of single-use plastic on the island. Marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage said it was ‘stoked’ to announce the Isle was awarded the prestigious status. The recognition follows a campaign set …

A Rhino poacher has been killed by an Elephant and eaten by Lions

A suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and his remains were eaten by lions, officials at a South African National Park have revealed. Rangers at Kruger National Park found the skull and clothing of the suspected poacher after family had reported him missing. Missing Four of his accomplices had told the family the …