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Climate change lessons to be taught in schools as startup offers teacher training

Schools across the UK are benefitting from a new wave of climate change experts after a startup began training teachers to inform the next generation about the dangers of global warming. Founder of startup company EduCCate Global, Melanie Harwood, noticed a lack of up-to-date knowledge in the UK education system on climate change, so went …

Indian railways to pay passengers to crush plastic bottles at stations

Indian railway passengers will be paid for discarding single use plastic bottles in crushing units at railway stations, the Government has announced. Amid growing concerns of plastic waste impacting the climate, Prime Minister Narender Modi announced the country will ban single-use plastic and find alternatives to plastic water bottles. As part of the PM’s efforts, …

Indian Prime Minister demands global ban on single-use plastic

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a global ban on single-use plastics at a United Nations event on Monday (September 9). The leader, who has already announced a ban on single-use plastics in India, addressed global leaders at the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) at a UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater …

Pub landlord bans beef and blames ‘billions of greedy mouths’ for Amazon fires

A pub landlord has revealed he will no longer serve beef in response to the fires which have devastated the Amazon rainforest.  Richard Bell, landlord at the Three Stags in Kennington, UK dramatically took a stand against beef consumption, which he said is destroying the Amazon ‘in order to feed beef to billions of greedy …

Islington becomes first London borough to ban the sale of fur

Islington has become the first London borough to ban the sale of fur, taking effect from 1 October 2019. Islington Council follows in the footsteps of Oldham – the first council to ban the sale of fur last year.  The move follows campaigns from groups such as Humane Society International (HSI) which pushed for a …

Asda launches plant-based ‘food coating’ to cut plastic and food waste

Asda is the first UK supermarket to try new invisible food-coating technology which prolongs shelf-life of fruit and reduces plastic waste. The plant-derived, water-based coating is designed by California-based food technology company Apeel Sciences. The coating provides an extra ‘peel’ that allows fruits and vegetables to remain fresh for a longer period of time.  Asda …

Cambridge University cuts food-related carbon emissions by 33% by banning beef

Cambridge University has seen a drastic reduction in its environmental impact since it banned beef three years ago. The University’s Catering Service replaced meat with plant-based products for its 14 college outlets and 1,500 annual events from October 2016. This switch has led to a 33 percent reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram of food …

McDonald’s tests edible containers at plastic-free sites

McDonald’s is trialling a new environmental initiative which ditches plastic containers and replaces them with edible pots made from grass. The fast food giant has launched a 10-day popup store called the ‘Better McDonald’s Store’ in locations around Germany, which began in Berlin in June.  Edible waffle cups replace condiment sachets and containers, sandwiches are …

Startup’s new coconut wood technology to save 200 million trees a year

As rainforests are destroyed across the world and deforestation rapidly contributes to global warming, a startup business has found an ingenious solution to part of a growing problem.  The Asian pallet industry allows businesses to export a huge range of goods around the world. 1.7 billion pallets are manufactured annually for Asian exporters, resulting in …

Thailand, one of the world’s worst ocean polluters, is ditching plastic

As the ocean becomes more cluttered with plastic, dead whales wash up with their stomachs crammed full of plastic bags and animals at the ocean’s deepest point are found to contain microplastics, countries around the world are gradually starting to wake up to its dangers. Thailand is one of the world’s worst polluters of the …

Tongan Prime Minister breaks down in tears at climate summit over rising sea level fears

Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pōhiva broke down in tears at an international climate summit amid fears that rising sea levels could wipe out his country. Small pacific islands face a genuine risk of being swallowed by the ocean as world leaders fail to take necessary action over global warming.  Leaders met at the Pacific Islands …

Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio form alliance to save the rainforest

Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio have formed an alliance between their environmental companies in an effort to raise funds to save the Amazon rainforest.  Smith’s sustainable water company JUST Water and eco-friendly footwear company Allbirds, for which DiCaprio is an investor, have collaborated on two pairs of shoes named Tree Runners and Tree Toppers.  The …