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London and other major cities could run out of water ‘in 25 years’ due to rising risk of drought

“Drought is not new but its intensity and frequency have increased over the last 30 years due to global warming.” According to a new report, cities around the world from London to Beijing and New Delhi are in increasing danger of running out of fresh water as a result of the looming climate crisis. The …

Glue traps are now banned in England

“This law is great news for mice and rats, but also for the many unintended victims who get stuck in the glue, such as delicate birds, grass snakes, frogs and hedgehogs.” Glue traps which are widely used to catch mice and rats will be banned across England after a government-backed Private Members Bill received unanimous …

Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers die caught in animal traps

It is estimated that fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers have died after being caught in traps on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. This is the latest blow for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dropped to about several hundreds. Local authorities found two of the dead …

42% of US campus menus to move towards plant-based

“Any sustainability plan that’s meant to create real change—and not just be greenwashing jargon—will center on shifting from a meat-heavy menu to one that’s focused on plant-based entrées.” Hundreds of universities across the US are set to have more plant-based menu options on their menus in the coming years. The move has been initiated by …

UK to launch ‘climate change GCSE’ to teach students how to conserve the planet

The GCSE course aims to empower young people to take action on the environment and put “climate change at the heart of education”. The Department for Education (DfE) has decided to launch a new course on Natural History to teach children about climate change and conserving our natural inheritance. The first ever General Certificate of …

Goalkeeper Ben Foster leads ‘not in our nets’ campaign for whales and dolphins dying in UK waters

The campaign is designed to highlight the issue of thousands of marine mammals dying as bycatch in fishing nets each year. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has thrown his weight behind a campaign calling to prevent the needless deaths of whales dying in fishing nets each year. The ‘Not in our nets’ campaign is part of …

Greta Thunberg to publish a ‘go-to source’ climate book telling ‘the unvarnished truth’

“My hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.” Teen activist Greta Thunberg has compiled a climate book, which features 100 leading experts and activists offering a “global overview of how the planet’s many crises connect”. Renowned scientists contributing to the book include Johan …

Post-Brexit Australia trade deal means UK farmers must compete with ‘cruel and unsustainable’ farming practices

“Allowing our trade deal with Australia, a laggard on climate and nature, to be a blueprint for future trade deals would be a backward step for the environment.” The newly signed UK-Australia trade deal is going to have huge implications on the environment, undermine work done by UK farmers, and lower animal welfare standards, conservation …

These UK supermarkets are ‘bombarding’ shoppers with cheap meat despite climate pledges

“Supermarkets are making it even harder for us to eat less meat by encouraging us to buy more meat than we would have, if it hadn’t been on promotion.” Britain’s biggest supermarkets are heavily promoting cheap meat, despite pledging to lead the way towards a more sustainable food system for health and climate change reasons, …

Ellie Goulding named WWF ambassador: ‘I want to speak up for our extraordinary planet’

“One thing we know is that every second counts and every second we need to agitate for change. I want to be part of that.” Ellie Goulding has been appointed a WWF ambassador in a bid to ‘speak up for our extraordinary planet’. She joins the wildlife charity as it marks its 15th annual Earth …

Teens say climate change is ‘fake news’ and ‘we don’t care’ in new campaign

The new tongue-in-cheek campaign by Greta Thunberg led Fridays For Future movement highlights Gen Z’s sentiments towards the climate crisis. A group of teenagers are questioning the legitimacy and purpose of climate change concerns since no one seems to be worried about the future of our planet. It is part of a campaign, “We Don’t …

Council dismisses Jeremy Clarkson opposition against vegan menus

“All we are doing with our local policy is highlighting the benefits of including more plant-based food in our diet – both to ourselves and our children, our agriculture and our planet.” TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s protest against a vegan-only food policy has fallen on deaf ears. The Oxfordshire council has decided to go ahead …