environment
Default Coal and Wet Wood to be Banned from Sale

The planned ban on the most polluting types of home combustibles is actually going ahead, with the government set to outlaw the sale and burning of house coal and wet wood from 2021 or thereabouts. Read More >>

architecture
Northern Ireland’s Eden Project Comes With a Thatched Acorn Centrepiece

The Eden Project's expansion into an eco-getaway franchise continues, with the designer of the planned Eden Project Foyle site in Northern Ireland revealing what the environmental day out may look like if/when built. It won't be the same without Cornish pasties, though. Read More >>

energy
Canals May Contribute to Heating Public Spaces

The government has pledged £20m to a handful of local renewable heat generation schemes, the most baffling collection of keywords being one that'll use the canal system to somehow generate warm air for hospitals and council homes in the West Midlands. Read More >>

environment
New York Fashion Week isn’t Sustainable, But Neither is the Fashion Industry

Fashion Week is over in New York, and it’s clear there’s a big trend afoot: sustainability. Designers showcased collections made with recycled fishing nets, models walked the runway with reusable water bottles and one show was inspired by rising seas. Read More >>

science
NASA Scientists Have Found Millions of Arctic Methane Hotspots

Scientists are taking to the skies to study methane emissions in the Arctic. In a series of more than 400 aeroplane rides in 2017, researchers with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment discovered 2 million methane hotspots. Read More >>

environment
The New Frontiers of Farming Come With Huge Climate Risks

Not sure you’ve heard, but the planet is getting hotter. The heat is making farming harder in some places, but it’s also making it possible to bring agriculture into new areas. Farmers are growing food in northern Alberta, Canada. Russia plans to “use the advantages” of global warming to expand its agriculture northward. And by 2030, the northeastern US could have three times as much farmland as it does now. Finally, some good news! Read More >>

environment
Petrochemical Giant BP Amuses World with Net-Zero Ambition

One of the world's largest enablers of carbon output is declaring a push to make itself a net-zero carbon producer by 2050, with BP – the P of which stands for Petroleum (the B is for Bollock-loads-of) – claiming it wants to "help the world get to net-zero" by some emissions-offsetting sleight of accounting, that will be technically correct if you ignore what it does at the bottom of various seas. Read More >>

cars
Petrol and Diesel Ban Could Move Forward to a Mere 12 Years Away

Clarkson's gone red in the face again, but don't panic JC fans, it's only from anger rather than any pulmonary distress, as news has broken today that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel-engined cars could be brought forward once again. Read More >>

environment
Discovery of ‘Invisible Oil’ Shows BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Was Bigger Than We Thought

We already knew 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster was the biggest oil spill in history. When the BP rig exploded, it released 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days. Eleven workers died. So did thousands of marine animals. By all counts, it was horrible. Read More >>

climate change
Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Be Even More Beneficial Than We Realised

The world wastes trillions of dollars every year on fossil fuel direct and indirect subsidies. Trillions! The U.S. alone spends hundreds of billions of dollars on them, ten times as much as it spends on education. Read More >>

climate change
The Climate Crisis Is About Right and Wrong

The World Economic Forum’s annual Davos gathering gives world leaders and rich people the chance to talk about their worst ideas and beliefs. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin really took the cake this year. Read More >>

climate change
Interconnected Ecological Threats Could Trigger ‘Global Systemic Collapse’

Humanity is facing a number of grave threats. Climate breakdown and extreme weather are getting worse, we’re in the middle of the world’s sixth extinction crisis, and food and water shortages are affecting people all over the world. These threats are all serious on their own, but research shows that their combined effects could be even worse than the sum of their parts. Read More >>

environment
Irn-Bru is Your Environmentally Sound Wind-Powered Beverage Choice

Irn-Bru manufacturer AG Barr is trying to bolster its environmental credentials, thanks to a deal with Swedish energy provider Vattenfall to supply its facilities with only the most natural energy produced by the nation's hardest, coldest, endlessly renewable coastal winds. Read More >>

energy
Green Energy Funding Could be Sliced off the Bills of Poorer Families

An enormous sum of £5.5bn is added to our energy bills each year as a green tax, money that's sliced off and used to fund the development of clean energy sources such as renewables. This isn't fair, it's starting to dawn on everyone, as a landed millionaire who leaves the heating on in his mansion to stop it getting damp while he's off banging teenagers in his city flat pays the same additional levy as one of us lot, wrapped in a duvet next to an oil radiator we've generously set to warmth setting two out of a possible five. Read More >>