UK Councils set to raise waste collection costs

UK Councils set to raise waste collection costs

Nearly one million cases of fly-tipping have been reported between 2017-2018 and councils could soon be charging for this. Across the UK, they are also facing murky waters with a £3.2bn gap in funding, which is pushing the prices, according to The Local Government Association. ‘Bulk waste’ covers household electrical...

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‘One bin is rubbish – sort it out!’ Recycle For London launch new campaign to help K&C Residents get creative with their recycle storage

‘One bin is rubbish – sort it out!’ Recycle For London launch new campaign to help K&C Residents get creative with their recycle storage

Most Londoners would agree that recycling is important; it saves energy, it conserves natural resources, and it reduces the amount greenhouse gas emissions that affect the global climate change. The list is endless. And yet still, many of us do not recycle. No fingers shall be pointed. In fact, the...

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Plastic ‘Nurdles’ discovered littered across beaches

Plastic ‘Nurdles’ discovered littered across beaches

A search of 279 beaches around the UK has found that almost three-quarters of them were littered with tiny plastic “nurdles”. The lentil sized pellets, which are used as a raw material for plastic products can cause damage to such wildlife as birds and fish, which eat them. Campaigners estimate...

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Pressure on stock exchange to recognise climate change risk

Pressure on stock exchange to recognise climate change risk

There has been mounting pressure on the financial sector to recognise and factor climate change risk into investment ratings in a move that would monetise the impact of climate change, encourage corporate environmental responsibility and safeguard the global economy against destabilising climate-related issues. Organisations like CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure...

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Edible Utopia programme promoting biodiversity in London

Edible Utopia programme promoting biodiversity in London

Somerset House Trust awarded a grant of   £91,000 by City Bridge Trust for Edible Utopia a project promoting biodiversity by educating Londoners on locally grown produce and growing your own organic food. Edible Utopia will be based in Westminster and aims to give more Londoners a chance to understand biodiversity...

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Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

Scottish deep-sea coral reefs are under threat from the consequences of climate change, according to a new study. Marine scientists at Edinburgh University have produced research which warns that changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the long-term survival of coral populations, upsetting fragile ecosystems that support an array of...

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Award shortlist announced

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: People’s Choice Award shortlist announced

The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has announced the shortlist for the People’s Choice Award. The winning decision is now in the hands of the public as they are encouraged to vote for their favourite photo. Members of the general public can choose from the People’s...

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Number of plastic bags on UK beaches halves in one year

Number of plastic bags on UK beaches halves in one year

The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches dropped by almost half between 2015 and 2016, according to a range of surveys carried out by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The figures are published in the MCS Great British Beach Clean 2016 report. In 2015 there were, on average, 11 plastic bags per 100 metres...

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New recyclable coffee cup could solve landfill woes

New recyclable coffee cup could solve landfill woes

In March this year, celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took to the streets of London in a double-decker bus adorned with 10,000 coffee cups and armed with a megaphone to set right a confused British public that has been mistakenly recycling their takeaway coffee cups. “Every day hundreds...

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Cycling faster can increase exposure to pollutants

Cycling faster can increase exposure to pollutants

So says Canadian engineer Alexander Bigazzi from the University of British Columbia. He used a series of equtions to calculate the speed that walkers, joggers or cyclists need to travel to minimise the pollution they breathe in. He applied these to a theoretical population of 10,000 people, both male and...

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