Water Shortages and Dengue Fever Could Hit England by the 2050s

The Environment Agency has had a go at counting up all the water, and the results will shock you. The horror headlines are that England, particularly the sweltering south east corner, could be dried-up and diseased and plagued by shortages inside 30 years, as the country slowly runs out of water. Read More >>

Smart Traffic Lights That Tell Drivers to Speed Up are Being Tested

People staring at traffic lights have had an idea on how to make money from calling them "smart" -- give the things networked indicators that tell drivers how fast they need to go to hit the next set of lights when they turn green. This could speed people through cities without requiring so much braking and accelerating, reducing congestion and taking numerous small exhaust particles out of the sky. Read More >>

McDonald’s Told to Stop Filling the Sea With its Balloons

Activists are currently being active in the direction of McDonald's again, as despite the food chain's best efforts to reduce plastic waste and appear to be a good guy there's another front upon which war is being raged -- free balloons for children. Read More >>

Morrisons is Asking Customers to Bring Reusable Tubs to Help Cut Down on Plastic Waste

Plastic has been in the news a lot today, as supermarkets and companies get named and shamed for using too much plastic that will likely end up clogging up our oceans with no hope of breaking down anytime soon. While there have been big efforts to reduce plastic usage, particularly stuff that can only be used once or can't be recycled, Morrisons is taking things a step further by asking customers to play their part and bring in their own reusable containers. Read More >>

“Plastic Free” Stamp Coming to UK Supermarkets

You'll soon be able to buy a box of eggs and be 100 per cent certain that each egg isn't individually wrapped in plastic film inside, as a new "Plastic Free" packaging stamp is about to appear on the UK high street. Read More >>

Co-op Will Reverse-Vend Away Your Festival Detritus

Supermarket chain Co-op has an exciting new toy to try out this summer, when it'll be installing a reverse-vending machine on festival sites to test public appetite for a deposit-return plastic bottle recycling scheme. Read More >>

Brighton School Bans Plastic and Says Straws Are as Bad as Cigarettes

Brighton College is launching its own little standalone war on plastic, with its headteacher saying it's time to start punishing children for bringing single use plastics in as part of their packed lunches. Read More >>

Government Considers Banning Wet Wipes to Save the Sewers

The government is thinking about adding wet wipes to the list of bad things we can't be trusted to have, use, or dispose of properly, as such single-use, non-biodegradable products are currently on the hit list due to containing the modern scourge of the planet, plastic. Read More >>

Port Talbot Twinned With Marseille as Europe’s Most Polluted Towns

The World Health Organisation is doing its bit to stop people ever going to Wales, by declaring Port Talbot one of the most polluted towns in the world. It ties with Marseille, Singapore and Ecuador's Quito to claim levels of fine particle emissions that exceed guidelines. Read More >>

Russia’s Floating Nuclear Power Plant Has Hit the Sea

Russia launched the world’s first floating nuclear power plant on Saturday. The 70-megawatt vessel, christened the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed away from St Petersburg by two boats. It is currently coasting through the Baltic Sea to the town of Murmansk for fuel, and is then supposed to embark for the Arctic town of Pevek in 2019, according to a release from the state-run firm that built the rig. Read More >>

Australia Pledges £274 Million to Help Save the Great Barrier Reef, But It Won’t Be Enough

The government of Australia announced on Sunday a plan to spend 500 million Australian dollars (roughly £274 million) on saving the Great Barrier Reef—the largest single investment ever committed towards the reef’s future, but that environmental activists say is still too little to preserve it in the face of climate change and ocean acidification. Read More >>

Heathrow Considers Declaring Itself a Low-Emission Zone and Charging Drivers to Enter

Heathrow is thinking about setting a new world record for irony, revealing that one way it might be able to meet its environmental commitments and build a whole new runway is to declare itself a low-emission zone and charge car drivers a congestion fee for entering the airport. As if dad's not already stressed enough about going on sodding holiday. Read More >>

The Arabian Sea’s Suffocating ‘Dead Zone’ Is Even Larger Than We Imagined

Since the early 1960s, scientists have known about the so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Oman, a patch of water practically devoid of all oxygen. As anyone who has ever owned an aquarium knows, even fish require oxygen, but as a surprising new survey shows, the Arabian Sea features an oxygen-starved aquarium half the size of the UK—and it’s still growing. Read More >>

The Sea’s Waves Are Getting Higher

The sea is getting angry about all these straws and cup lids we keep flushing into it, it seems, as researchers measuring the height of Atlantic waves have found that they've been getting higher for years. Read More >>

Lego Wants its Packaging to be 100% Sustainable by 2025

These days there's a lot of talk about single use plastics and the amount of waste that accumulates because of the amount packaging that gets ripped open and thrown away - ready to drift into the sea and kill some turtles. A lot of big companies have announced their plans to tackle the issue, and now Lego has revealed it wants to make sure its packaging is 100 per cent sustainable by 2025. Read More >>