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A lot of work’s needed to save the Great Barrier Reef

What’s happening? A report card from the Australian government has found that the Great...

Katie Chan

25th February 2021

Replacing cops with social workers prevents 800 arrests in Denver

What’s happening? Between June and November 2020, Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response...

Sara Trett

25th February 2021

Access to toilets – for some it stinks

What’s happening? Mister Loo, which operates a chain of pay toilets in Thailand, saw sales grow...

Nicola Watts

25th February 2021

Delivery driving in cities should be recognised as the dangerous job it is

What’s happening? Turkish firm Bizero is piloting delivery robots as a way of preventing...

Fred Fullerton

25th February 2021

Filling the desert with solar panels – a good idea, right?

What’s happening? The construction of huge arrays of solar panels in the Sahara Desert could...

Marc Height

19th February 2021

Biden’s executive order a welcome look at “climate migration”

What’s happening? US President Joe Biden has issued an executive order focusing on enhancing...

Abir Qazilbash

19th February 2021

Bitcoin’s environmental footprint comes back into the spotlight

What’s happening? The electricity consumption of bitcoin mining is around 121.36 TWh annually...

Fred Fullerton

19th February 2021

Who’s responsible for tackling obesity?

What’s happening? Type 2 diabetes drug semaglutide could be a potential “game-changer” in...

Nicola Watts

19th February 2021

Dissecting Shell’s net-zero ambitions

What’s happening? Shell has unveiled plans to become a major player in selling renewable energy...

David Pratt

19th February 2021

Lockdowns or no lockdowns, city air pollution is still terrible

What’s happening? The average level of air pollution in cities worldwide is around four times...

Katie Chan

12th February 2021

The new big players in offshore wind power? Energy majors.

What’s happening? RWE and bp have each secured 3 GW of capacity in the Crown Estate Round 4...

Jack Elliott

12th February 2021

Community activism needs to be properly valued

What’s happening? The US economy is not taking into account the economic contribution that...

Sara Trett

12th February 2021

Will climate action create political instability?

What’s happening? The EU’s 2050 net-zero emissions goal could have a significant...

Nick Jardine

12th February 2021

Microsoft takes a small step to carbon negativity

What’s happening? Climeworks is among the climate-focused firms receiving investment from...

Marc Height

05th February 2021

The Ganges is releasing billions of microplastics each day

What’s happening? The Ganges river and two nearby waterways are releasing up to three billion...

Katie Chan

05th February 2021

Bad rep of Australian mining firms creates recruitment challenges

What’s happening? The Australian mining industry is struggling to attract young talent due to a...

Sara Trett

05th February 2021

Coastal wetlands found to be important to wellbeing

What’s happening? A Flinders University study has discovered that tidal wetlands and protected...

Nicola Watts

05th February 2021

Could mandating vaccinations in the workplace lead to diversity and inclusion issues?

What’s happening? Some UK firms are creating databases to keep track of staff who have been...

Fred Fullerton

30th January 2021

Dieselgate inspires NOx-reducing plane design from MIT

What’s happening? Scientists at MIT have designed a system that could capture nitrogen oxide...

Marc Height

30th January 2021

This week’s GameStop saga shows some pandemic trends are here to stay

What’s happening? This story has been reported to death, and has received attention from...

Sara Trett

30th January 2021

Apple Watch offers walking exercises with celebrities

What’s happening? Apple has launched the “Time to Walk” feature for the Apple Watch, which...

Nicola Watts

30th January 2021

The EU’s vaccine issues could be a boon for China

What’s happening? The European Commission has confirmed it will bring in a mechanism allowing...

Nick Jardine

30th January 2021

A natural solution to reducing plastic from the ocean: seagrass

What’s happening? Underwater seagrass meadows may be naturally trapping millions of fragments of...

Katie Chan

30th January 2021

China just launched the world’s largest carbon market

What’s happening? China has launched its own national emissions trading scheme (ETS). The...

Marc Height

23rd January 2021

Interest grows in funding nature-based climate solutions

What’s happening? French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will...

Katie Chan

23rd January 2021

Ineos gives Oxford University £100m for antibiotic research

What’s Happening? Chemicals company Ineos has donated £100m ($136.2m) to the University of...

Nicola Watts

23rd January 2021

A sluggish vaccine rollout exposes the EU’s weaknesses again

What’s happening? A virtual summit of EU leaders saw angst directed towards pharmaceutical firms...

Nick Jardine

23rd January 2021

Parler forced offline as AWS refuses to host ‘violent content’

What’s happening? Amazon has become the latest technology company to act against social network...

Sara Trett

16th January 2021

Bolivia’s water supplies threatened by global warming

What’s happening? The Tuni glacier in Bolivia is shrinking more quickly than previously...

Katie Chan

16th January 2021

Trump offered up the Arctic, but oil firms didn’t want it

What’s happening? The Trump administration’s auction of drilling rights in 1.6 million acres of...

Marc Height

16th January 2021

Digital health: the new normal

What’s Happening? UK downloads of health apps have substantially increased during the course of...

Nicola Watts

16th January 2021

Organic meat is as harmful for the climate as alternatives, says study

What’s happening? The climate damage resulting from organic meat production is just as severe as...

Katie Chan

09th January 2021

The last line of defence against Big Tech dominance may rely on unionisation

What’s happening? Over 220 Google employees have formed the Alphabet Workers Union, following...

Fred Fullerton

09th January 2021

Israel criticised over vaccination exclusion of Palestinians

What’s happening? Israel is facing criticism from human rights organisations for excluding...

Abir Qazilbash

09th January 2021

The pandemic may change the face of start-up VC funding for the better

What’s happening? The Covid-19 pandemic has forced US venture capitalists to abandon the...

Sara Trett

09th January 2021

Net-zero pledges abound in 2020 – but what do they all mean?

What’s happening? Global corporate pledges to slash emissions to net-zero have rapidly increased,...

Marc Height

09th January 2021

Pakistan’s Billion Tree Honey plan could create 87,000 green jobs

What’s happening? Pakistan could generate PKR43bn ($270m) in revenues with the recently launched...

Abir Qazilbash

02nd January 2021

Big Tobacco to the rescue: Will BAT’s vaccine smoke Covid-19?

What’s happening? The US FDA has approved trials by British American Tobacco’s (BAT)...

Nicola Watts

02nd January 2021

Big Tech could use its cloud computing dominance to influence Big Oil

What’s happening? Google has agreed a Saudi Arabian cloud services deal with a division of...

Fred Fullerton

02nd January 2021

What can we expect from insurers’ net-zero underwriting commitments?

What’s happening? AXA has proposed an alliance of firms from across the insurance industry...

Nick Jardine

02nd January 2021

ESG compliance will require looking to the stars

What’s happening? Environmental Market Solutions researchers have developed a system using AI,...

Sara Trett

02nd January 2021

Who is responsible for disseminating climate education?

What’s happening? Nine-year-old environmental activist Licypriya Kangujam has become the youngest...

Abir Qazilbash

19th December 2020

How realistic are India’s universal health care plans?

What’s happening? The Lancet Citizens’ Commission has been launched in India, with the aim...

Nicola Watts

19th December 2020

Plants are absorbing less CO2 than predicted – what does this mean for climate action?

What’s happening? A “fertilisation effect” that has seen rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels...

Marc Height

19th December 2020

The last line of defence against all-powerful Big Tech is under threat

What’s happening? Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has promised to carry out a review of the firing of...

Sara Trett

19th December 2020

How Donald Trump’s continued election contesting could hinder vaccination efforts

What’s happening? Alternative conservative news networks Newsmax and One American News (OAN) are...

Nick Jardine

19th December 2020

Sony could move operations out of Japan due to lack of renewables

What’s happening? Sony and other organisations have told the Japanese government they may look...

Marc Height

12th December 2020

Will we learn from Covid-19 and stop discriminatory health care practices?

What’s happening? Black Americans are the least willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine when one...

Nicola Watts

12th December 2020

Developers upgrade apps to monitor police encounters in real time

What’s happening? Video apps, including one developed by the American Civil Liberties Union,...

Sara Trett

12th December 2020

Upskilling staff for cybersecurity functions: two birds with one stone

What’s happening? UK forces employment charity the RFEA and TechVets have partnered to train...

Fred Fullerton

12th December 2020

China at efforts to show you can control the weather

What’s happening? China intends to increase its ability to modify weather and will expand an...

Katie Chan

12th December 2020

EV report turns into PR disaster for Aston Martin

What’s happening? Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers has said the firm will investigate how a report...

Marc Height

05th December 2020

Major brands seek changes to US ban on Xinjiang labour goods

What’s happening? Apple, Coca-Cola and Nike are among several major US brands that have been...

Sara Trett

05th December 2020

Do we have a human right to a healthy environment?

What’s happening? A climate lawsuit lodged by six Portuguese youth activists against 33 countries...

Katie Chan

05th December 2020

Farm antibiotic use raises concerns for post-Brexit trade deals

What’s happening? Key countries the UK is looking to make post-Brexit deals with are all...

Nicola Watts

05th December 2020

Populism’s not dead. In Europe, it may just be getting started

What’s happening? French President Emmanuel Macron faces a political balancing act amid potential...

Nick Jardine

05th December 2020

Emissions from plug-in hybrid vehicles far higher than advertised

What’s happening? Plug-in hybrid vehicles emit up to eight times more CO2 than carmakers claim in...

Katie Chan

28th November 2020

Disabled employees denied 20% of remote-working requests: Scope

What’s happening? Around 20% of disabled workers have had requests to work remotely rejected by...

Sara Trett

28th November 2020

Are carbon border taxes as inevitable as they seem?

What’s happening? John Kerry, who was President Obama’s Secretary of State, has been appointed...

Nick Jardine

28th November 2020

Investors representing $7tn join to tackle antimicrobial resistance

What’s happening? Aviva Investors, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management and Nordea Asset...

Nicola Watts

28th November 2020

Chinese vaccine could strengthen ties with poorer nations

What’s happening? Producing a Covid-19 vaccine that can be distributed in poorer countries...

Nick Jardine

21st November 2020

Upcycled crustacean waste used to create supplements

What’s happening? NUS researchers have developed a process of transforming crustacean waste into...

Katie Chan

21st November 2020

Work hard. Have fun. Get prescriptions. Amazon launches online pharmacy

What’s Happening? Amazon customers can now order prescriptions via the Amazon Pharmacy store,...

Nicola Watts

21st November 2020

UAE youth urge green recovery action to drive policy

What’s happening? State decision-making in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should prioritise the...

Abir Qazilbash

21st November 2020

The UK’s green recovery plans – how do they stack up?

What’s happening? A £12bn ($16bn) 10-point green plan that could create around 250,000 jobs has...

Marc Height

21st November 2020

TikTok partners with Shopify to offer ecommerce service

What’s happening? TikTok has partnered with Shopify to enable merchants to advertise and sell...

Fred Fullerton

14th November 2020

UK medics urge imposition of taxes on high-emissions foods

What’s happening? A climate tax should be imposed on food with a heavy environmental impact by...

Nick Jardine

14th November 2020

Shell climate change ads axed from Facebook

What’s happening? Some Shell advertisements, including for its US electric vehicle-charging firm...

Katie Chan

14th November 2020

Parler ‘uncensored’ app adds users, tops US charts after election

What’s happening? Social media platform Parler topped the US download chart following Donald...

Sara Trett

14th November 2020

US election result re-injects hope into the Paris Agreement

What’s happening? The election of Joe Biden as US president could bring the Paris Agreement...

Marc Height

14th November 2020

The Covid-19 vaccine is on its way, creating additional challenges

What’s Happening? Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that their Covid-19 vaccine candidate has...

Nicola Watts

14th November 2020

UK businesses join diversity scheme to hire 10,000 Black interns

What’s happening? PwC, Linklaters and the NHS are among the members of the #10000BlackInterns...

Abir Qazilbash

07th November 2020

Sharks and tuna are carbon stores and should not be fished

What’s happening? Large fish species, including shark and tuna, are carbon stores that should...

Katie Chan

07th November 2020

Large banks are still funding the oil sands industry

What’s happening? Campaign group ShareAction has released researchfinding that Barclays, Credit...

Marc Height

07th November 2020

US FDA staff support approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug

What’s happening? Reviewers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said they have...

Nicola Watts

07th November 2020

Trump’s legacy will influence US public opinion – and maybe even policy – beyond his time in office

What’s happening? Baseless claims about the integrity of the US presidential election made by...

Nick Jardine

07th November 2020