• June 20, 2018 | 02:02 PM

    Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

    Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years Oceanfront homes in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Houses on the US coastline could risk being flooded every two weeks. Photograph: Alamy Sea level risedriven by climate changeis set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded ev...

  • June 4, 2018 | 01:19 PM

    Why sustainable products are a win-win for all of us

    What makes a product sustainable? According to Wikipedia,sustainable products are those that provide environmental, social and economic benefitswhile protecting public health and the environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw material until their final disposal. That sounds expensive. So what motivates a multinational to innovate sustainable products? Profit, global growth, employee engagement, or because it’s th...

  • June 4, 2018 | 11:53 AM

    Why CEOs need to become activists in sustainability

    As the world becomes increasingly politically polarized and some governments abandon sustainable initiatives, like US President Donald Trump’sannouncementto pull out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, consumers are now looking towards CEOs and their companies to spearhead sustainability. During the last quarter of 2017, our company,Alto Data Analytics, which specializes in public opinion analysis using big data and AI, conducted an analysis...

  • May 31, 2018 | 03:05 PM

    Suez waste company calls for 'pay-as-you-throw' to help recycling

    A "pay-as-you-throw" system for household rubbish should be introduced by 2030, one of the UK's biggest waste firms has said. Suez said weighing domestic waste with microchip technology in bins would help drive a revolution in recycling. The firm says that all packaging sold in the UK should have to be 50% recycled by 2025. A YouGov poll for the firm also found that Britons cite fast food packaging as the main cause of litt...

  • May 28, 2018 | 02:04 PM

    The 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: an all-new visual guide to data and development

    “The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public goods available; we need to make them understandable to a general audience. When both the public and policy makers share an evidence-based view of the world, real advances in social and economic development, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), become p...

  • May 25, 2018 | 05:49 PM

    The decline of our oceans is accelerating, but it’s not too late to stop it

    The ocean has shaped my life, from my beginnings in the outer islands of Fiji to my appointment last year as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the ocean. Like millions of others before me who have taken sustenance and succour from Neptune’s world, I know there is so much for which we should give thanks. And yet, over the intervening decades of my life, a quickening cycle of decline has been imposed on the ocean’s h...

  • May 15, 2018 | 03:45 PM

    How the plastic in your beauty regime could be harming the environment

    From the moment you wake up and wash your face in the morning, your beauty routine could be harming the environment. Around 12.2m tonnes of plastic waste are deposited in the marine environment each year, according toThe Green Alliance. The government's ban of microbeads aims to cut down on plastic pollution. Under plans announced on Tuesday, wet wipescould soon become a thing of the pasttoo. So how much damage is done by your bea...

  • May 11, 2018 | 11:38 AM

    Disposable plastic waste plans set out by Welsh Government

    Media caption"We really need to stop using the plastic" Plans to cut the use of disposable plastic products in Wales have been set out by the Welsh Government. They include working with other parts of the UK on a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers and more cash for plastic waste collection. Drinking water in public places will be increased as Wales wants to be the "world's first 'Refill Nation'.&...

  • May 4, 2018 | 09:40 AM

    Hawaii to ban certain sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

    Hawaii has become the first US state to pass a bill banning the sale of any sunscreens that have chemicals known to harm coral reefs. The bill bars the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which some scientists say contribute to coral bleaching. The chemicals are used in over 3,500 of the most popular sunscreen products. The bill, which would take effect in 2021, now awaits the signature of Democratic Govern...

  • May 4, 2018 | 09:36 AM

    Farmers to begin hearing ammonia-affected planning decisions

    The Environment Agency will start to say on Friday whether they've approved or objected to about 100 planning applications on farms stalled due to concerns about ammonia emissions. The first of its decisions will be issued to planners. By next month, all affected farmers will know if proposed sheds and milking parlours have been passed or rejected. In some cases the agency may require more detail before planners go on to make a final...

  • May 3, 2018 | 06:47 PM

    'Staggering' clean-up of river polluted by metal mine

    A pilot scheme to clean rivers polluted by abandoned metal mines has delivered "staggering" results, environment officials have claimed. The new technology - thought to be a world-first - removed up to 99.5% of metals which impact water quality. The electrochemical technique separated a metallic sludge from mine discharges leaving clean water behind. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it marked a potential "step change&quo...

  • May 3, 2018 | 06:41 PM

    India cities dominate world air pollution list

    Fourteen Indian cities are among the world's 20 most polluted, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. BBC analysis of the study shows the northern city of Kanpur tops the list of world cities with the highest PM2.5 levels in 2016. PM2.5 are tiny but deadly air particles, which can increase the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Air pollution caused 4.2 million deaths globally in 2016, the study said. ...