Environment News

Open Access Governments Environment news category is full of diverse and interesting material. This section takes a broad look at environmental issues across the world and the governments tackling them. 

In this category, you will find the latest legal developments in the environmental sector from around the globe. The newest research is available to read with news such as the EU’s strategy with environmental changes and issues. We also cover marine conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and the impacts of climate change on the natural world.

The process of implementing zero emission policies and the development of technology in the aid of reducing climate change and fossil fuel emissions are popular topics within this section.

offsetting

Everything you need to know about carbon offsetting

In this environment focus, we explain everything you need to know about carbon offsetting from what is it, why it is so important and how it can help improve environmental issues.
minimising waste

Which countries are the most efficient at minimising waste?

Packaging supplier RAJA has conducted research to reveal the top 29 countries that have been efficient in minimising waste by analysing metrics such as recycling, composting, incineration and waste recovered levels for the past five years.
premature deaths

Tens of thousands of pollution related deaths averted by COVID lockdown

According to a new study, COVID-19 lockdowns across China and Europe have averted tens of thousands of premature deaths related to air pollution.
global carbon emissions, transport

COVID-19 decreased global carbon emissions by 1551 million tonnes

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research analysed real-time data to understand the impact of this unprecedented lockdown on global carbon emissions.
plant extinction study, natural world

New study finds 40% of plant species are at risk of extinction

A new study highlights that 40% of plant species are at threatened with extinction due to the continued destruction of our natural world.
urban wastewater

EU’s improving wastewater treatment helps to reduce pollution

The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) has shown an overall improvement in collection and treatment of wastewater in Europe's cities and towns.
Plastic eating enzyme

Is a plastic-eating enzyme the solution to our plastic problem?

The scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme, PETase, have now created an enzyme partnership which can digest plastic up to six times faster.
china zero carbon, green recovery

China pledges zero-carbon emissions by 2060

Recently, China’s President Xi Jinping announced a shocking pledge for the country to achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2060.
calving glaciers

Underwater melting of freshwater calving glaciers in Patagonia

Shin Sugiyama, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University provides an exciting analysis of freshwater calving glaciers and lakes in Patagonia.
Antarctic ice sheet

Mass loss of the Antarctic ice sheet driven by ice-ocean interaction

Shin Sugiyama, Institute of Low Temperature Science from Hokkaido University provides a fascinating look at the mass loss of the Antarctic ice sheet driven by ice-ocean interaction.
glacier melting

Glacier melting in Greenland: Impact on marine ecosystem and society

Shin Sugiyama, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, examines glacier melting and its impact on the marine ecosystem and society in Greenland.
artificial upwelling, coral bleaching

Could pumping cold water from the deep ocean halt coral bleaching?

A new study shows that artificial upwelling could provide the answer to preventing coral bleaching caused by global warming and rising sea temperatures.
eu bio based, green recovery

How the bio-based industry is key to the EU’s green recovery

According to a new report, strong European bio-based industries will allow the EU to accelerate the green economic recovery and the transition towards climate neutrality.
climate science, pollution

The problem isn’t climate science, it’s how politicians act on climate science

We look at the problems that occur when climate science is translated into policy, and investigate how these problems still happen.
permafrost carbon emissions

The unaccounted-for side of permafrost carbon

Considering carbon as a lone entity during permafrost thaw is likely to lead to over-confident projections of permafrost carbon emissions, highlights Sophie Opfergelt, Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain, Belgium.
reducing transport emissions, transport

The political barriers holding back progress on reducing transport emissions

Here, we discuss how some political barriers create a significant challenge for those pushing to reduce transport emissions.
fires oregon

What is causing the raging wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington?

The climate crisis has caused wildfires to rage across Oregon, California and Washington causing tens of thousands to flee their homes and has resulted in over 30 deaths.
fast fashion industry, lockdown

Will the ‘fast fashion’ industry recover from this pandemic?

Alessandro Brun, Politecnico di Milano School of Management, discusses the changing future of the 'fast fashion' industry.
falkor research vessel, deep sea coral, great barrier reef

New corals discovered in deep-sea study of the Great Barrier Reef

Using the Falkor research vessel, scientists have explored the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef and found five new species of black corals and sponges.
fisheries bill

Stripped Fisheries Bill amendment threatens sustainable fishing

The UK government has stripped an amendment from the Fisheries Bill, turning their back on making sustainability the prime objective of the bill.

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