• September 20, 2018 | 06:26 PM

    Four years is all we have

    Grim reports on climate change say act now or be ready for catastrophe. HUMANITY HAS only about four years left to stabilise global temperatures and save the world from environmental catastrophe stemming from extreme climate change, scientists have warned. After negotiations at this month’s Bangkok Climate Change Conference ended in failure, the world’s leading scientific agencies, the United Nations and environmentalists are ur...

  • August 29, 2018 | 04:22 PM

    Visualizing Momentum for Change Milestones in our New Interactive Report

    UN Climate Change News, 17 August 2018– UN Climate Change's Momentum for Change initiative recently released its new,interactive online reportto highlight the climate action milestones that it achieved last year. By shining light on the most inspiring and transformational mitigation and adaptation activities, known as 'Lighthouse Activities', Momentum for Change aims to strengthen motivation, spur innovation and catalyze furt...

  • August 15, 2018 | 01:19 PM

    Massive, urgent action must address marine plastic pollution: Experts

    Polluted: Plastic trash and non-organic waste cover corals in Nusa Dua waters, Bali, threatening the marine ecosystem in the area.(Courtesy of Nusa Dua Reef Foundation/File) Representatives and specialists from official agencies, international organizations, businessand the public sectors of 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) framework on Friday shared their experience and discussed actions that could be taken to reduce prob...

  • August 10, 2018 | 06:56 PM

    55 million single-use cups bought by Welsh public bodies

    At least 55 million single-use cups have been bought by public bodies in Wales over the past five years, costing about £1.7m, new figures have shown. Hospitals, councils and government organisations have said they were trying to reduce a throwaway culture. But data showed the number of disposable cups bought increased by about 10% between 2013 and 2018. Environment minister Hannah Blythyn said action must be taken to reduce waste. ...

  • August 10, 2018 | 06:52 PM

    What could disappear on 'Hothouse Earth'

    Scientists have described the serious concept of"Hothouse Earth". An international team of researchers suggest that global warming will have severe consequences for the planet. They paint a picture of boiling hot climates and towering seas in years to come if temperatures rise by just 2C. That means it could turn some of the planet's natural forces - that currently protect us - into our enemies. Dr Sarah Cornell is an en...

  • July 23, 2018 | 10:56 AM

    Could this 'biodegradable bag' cut plastic pollution?

    By Angus Crawford BBC News Plastic bags that biodegrade to nothing. It sounds like one solution to the problems of plastic pollution. One British company that makes so-called "Oxo-biodegradable" bags said they break down in the environment "in the same way as a leaf, only quicker". The technology is now being widely used across Africa and the Middle East. But if it's so good, why has the EU Parliament passed...

  • July 13, 2018 | 02:12 PM

    Urban Planners’ Communiqué Calls for Climate Action

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS The ‘Planner for Climate Action Communiqué’ calls for urban and regional planners to integrate climate change into their planning practices and work across multiple levels of government to address climate change impacts by and on cities. Issued by Planners for Climate Action, formed during UNFCCC COP 23 in November 2017, the document offers examples of individual and joint actions that planners can take t...

  • 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 every ...

  • 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...