The UK government has announced plans to increase protection of wildlife and habitats by banning fishing and other damaging activities from a handful of selected marine sites off the coast of England. More than 97% of British offshore marine protected areas (MPAs), designed to safeguard habitats and biodiversity, are being dredged and bottom trawled, according to data published by the Guardian .
A new plastic made from plant proteins could replace single-use plastics made from fossil fuels . Research published this week in Nature Communications described how scientists at the University of Cambridge Knowles Lab figured out how to turn plant protein into a natural, sustainable, scalable polymer film.
The donkey has performed many roles: carrying Jesus, giving seaside rides to children and being the butt of many jokes over thousands of years of domestication. Now an unfamiliar job can be added to the list: ecosystem engineer. The hard-working animals will help re-establish one of Britain's rarest wild flowers by trampling over specially seeded plots.
London is home to the world's first underground farm. The world's first underground farm, 33 metres below London, UK, is growing salad and vegetables for the city. The farm claims to use 70% less water than a conventional, above-ground farm. It's one of the solutions being proposed to feed our growing population and combat the threat of climate change.
Graphene-based packaging presented as first truly biodegradeable and compostable alternative to plastic
UK biotech company Toraphene says it is preparing to unveil the world's first truly biodegradable, compostable and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging. The company has developed a new material, also called Toraphene, that uses biopolymers that "compost naturally and biodegrade without human intervention, even in the ocean."
Hundreds of people experiencing poor mental health will be introduced to the natural beauty of wetlands under a "blue prescribing" scheme. There is increasing evidence of the benefits of nature for mental health and wellbeing. A recent pilot wetlands project showed that people diagnosed with anxiety or depression moved up a clinical mental health grade, from below average to average.
Future of electricity grids will be dominated by renewables. In Great Britain, the majority of the demand was covered by renewables, but this generation mix temporarily compromised the stability of the grid. These insights into a future of decarbonized grids highlight the challenges we face but also how we might solve them.
Bats are legally protected across the European Union. In the UK, the first major legislation protecting bats was passed in 1982. The laws made it illegal for unlicensed individuals to disturb or harm bats, including bat colonies inside of human dwellings.
Work on England's largest seagrass planting effort will draw to a close on Wednesday as the last of thousands of seed bags are placed in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. Seagrass meadows provide homes for young fish and protected creatures like seahorses and stalked jellyfish.
London-based Heatherwick Studio has unveiled its concept for the Airo electric car for IM Motors that will "vacuum up pollutants from other cars". Revealed today at the Shanghai Motor Show , the vehicle for newly formed Chinese car brand IM Motors was designed by Heatherwick Studio as its first car.
London's low-emission zones have already made a big difference to air pollution levels Every so often, an issue comes to the fore that appeals to both head and heart. People care about it and want it to happen, but it's not just a moral or emotional case; it makes business sense too.
Central Saint Martins graduates Brigitte Kock and Irene Roca Moracia have collaborated to create concrete-like tiles that give new "economic and ecological" value to invasive species. The material for the tiles, which the researchers refer to as bio-concrete, is made from Japanese knotweed and shells from American signal crayfish.
Projects to transform a former golf course for nature, rewild a village and restore ice age "ghost" ponds are among schemes being launched to boost wildlife across England and Wales. The Wildlife Trusts coalition has over the past year unveiled 10 new projects, which also include restoring arable fields to heathland, improving wildflower meadows and quadrupling the size of a nature reserve to help a rare butterfly.
The U.K. government, under the Blue Belt program , has announced its plan to install underwater camera rigs for monitoring ocean wildlife in its overseas territories. The entire project will be funded by the U.K., making it the largest ocean monitoring system in the world.
When people think of the world's toughest vehicles, an electric car doesn't spring to mind. But rugged U.K. adventurer Chris Ramsey is planning to cover 17,000 miles from the South Pole to the magnetic North Pole in electric vehicles . Ramsey has been planning his upcoming journey for four years.
National parks should be created in the waters around the UK coast to help conserve fragile marine habitats and give people access to more of Britain's natural heritage, a marine conservation group has said. Blue Marine Foundation has identified 10 areas around the coast that it said could be designated national parks within the next 10 years.
Grey Seal sleeping, Brixham, Devon, UK Building a country-wide picture of Grey seals around Britain's coastline - that's the aim of the Seal Spotter Smartphone app. The charity The Seal Project, together with researches at Plymouth University, are asking citizen scientists across the UK to help track the mammals.
BakerBrown Studio has designed a garden pavilion for the Glyndebourne opera house in England that will use the venue's discarded champagne corks and seafood shells as building materials. The single-storey Glyndebourne Croquet Pavilion will overlook the South Downs from a small plot on a croquet lawn between existing yew hedges in the house's grounds.
The creators of the world's first microwave-powered boiler have said it can provide a straightforward, zero-emissions replacement for the gas boilers that heat most homes in the UK. Heat Wayv is building prototypes and expects to trial the boilers in homes by the end of 2022, with the first sales to customers targeted for 2024.
There is such a thing as a free lunch, it turns out, as long as you don't mind too much what it is. Tamara Wilson found hers a few streets away from her west London home - and as well as picking up some unwanted bread and fruit that would otherwise be thrown away, she made a new friend.
(4) VISITORS to Boscombe Pier will soon be able to tee-off and feed the fish at the same time. The UK's first ever eco-friendly mini golf attraction will open on the pier in the next few weeks, where the specially-made golf balls feed the fish.
Plants by the side of the road play an important part in absorbing vehicle emissions. Nine-in-10 people around the world live somewhere that has air quality below levels recommended by the World Health Organization. Polluted air is killing millions of people every year , knocking several years off life expectancy for many many children and triggering debilitating respiratory conditions.
Electric buses built by Arrival, the UK-based manufacturer, will be tested on British roads for the first time later this year in a trial with the transport company First Group. The tests will begin in the autumn of this year, starting with four of the first production vehicles produced at Arrival's research and development facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Tackling the climate crisis? An English soccer club are trialling a kit made from recycled coffee bean waste. Forest Green Rovers are owned by 'green energy' entrepreneur Dale Vince who has put sustainability at the heart of the club's ethos.
Thousands of homes in south-west London could soon be warmed by the waste from their local sewage works as part of England's first poo-powered district heating scheme. Thames Water hopes to harness the heat of human waste from its treatment plant in Kingston upon Thames to warm more than 2,000 new homes that form part of a regeneration plan for the borough's Cambridge Road estate.
Facebook has said it will start labelling misinformation about the climate crisis in a small trial limited to the UK. Labels will be attached to certain posts directing users to Facebook's Climate Science Information Center, a repository of fact-checked claims about the environment.
A rare Amazonian cactus called the moonflower has bloomed for what botanists believe is the first time in the UK. Experts at Cambridge University's Botanic Garden kept a night watch throughout the week so that they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii - an event which usually begins at sunset and is over by sunrise.
The UK's renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first time in 2020 and could remain the largest source of electricity in the future, according to an independent climate thinktank. The thinktank behind the report, Ember, revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK's electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.
The UK will spend at least £3bn of international climate finance on nature and biodiversity over five years, the Prime Minister has said. Boris Johnson made the announcement in a virtual address to the One Planet Summit for biodiversity in Paris. The PM said the investment was needed to protect nature, including marine life, forests and sustainable food production.
image captionTrees must be able to cope with projected climate change Scientists have proposed 10 golden rules for tree-planting, which they say must be a top priority for all nations this decade. Tree planting is a brilliant solution to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity, but the wrong tree in the wrong place can do more harm than good, say experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Even without the pandemic turning the world on its head in 2020, fast courier services are quickly becoming popular for a generation that has become accustomed to instant gratification. In fact, research shows that around 19% of UK-based millennials expect delivery of online purchases to be made within 24 hours or less.
Maiden Flight Last week, the aviation company ZeroAvia ran a successful flight test of its new hydrogen-powered passenger plane. The Piper M-class aircraft - which can seat up to six, so it's on the smaller end of the passenger aircraft spectrum - took off, flew in a loop around England's Cranfield Airport and then safely landed, CNBC reports .
Blustery winter weather helped Great Britain's windfarms set a record for clean power generation, which made up more than 40% of its electricity on Friday. Wind turbines generated 17.3GW on Friday afternoon, according to figures from the electricity system operator, narrowly beating the previous record set in early January this year.
Lloyd's, the world's biggest insurance market, has bowed to pressure from environmental campaigners and set a market-wide policy to stop new insurance cover for coal, oil sands and Arctic energy projects by January 2022, and to pull out of the business altogether by 2030.
AP The announcement by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes a day before he co-hosts a virtual summit with more than 70 world leaders to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord. File Photo | Photo Credit: Britain said on Friday that it is ending state support for fossil fuel industry exports, and shifting government assistance to low-carbon and renewable energy projects abroad.
'People are excited about local nature': Covid pandemic prompts surge in appreciation for rewilding UK cities
Wildlife Trusts head Craig Bennett expects to see city centres to become much greener in the next ten to 15 years Images of the re-wilding of Broadmarsh in Nottingham (Photo: Liz Carney) The could be about to change significantly, after people took the opportunity this year to flock to the nature on their doorstep - however scrubby it might be - as never before.
A heat pump could keep your home as toasty as a gas boiler - but with much lower greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Daisy-Daisy/Alamy When Graham Davidson and his wife, Pauline, retired to a bungalow in Norfolk three years ago they ripped out the old boiler and replaced it with an air source heat pump at a cost of £10,000.
Britain's first all-electric car charging forecourt is set to open for business in Braintree, Essex , to charge electric vehicles with 100% renewable energy. From Monday, the super-fast electric forecourt will deliver 350kW of charging power - enough to add 200 miles of driving range in 20 minutes - to up to 36 cars at a time.
The U.K. has moved one step closer towards its net-zero carbon target by unveiling a plan to test 100% green hydrogen for cooking and heating in 300 Scottish homes, making Scotland the first country to do so. Ofgem, the U.K.'s energy regulator, announced this plan on Monday.
A tiny, scenic island lying off Scotland's west coast is truly a model for sustainable, off-grid living. With no mainland electricity connection, the Isle of Eigg gets its electricity from the water, the wind and the sun.
Photovoltaic solar panels being fitted to a roof in Totnes, Devon. Photograph: David Pearson/Alamy Photovoltaic panels pay off for those who get feed-in tariffs but home installations have dried up without incentives This year's electricity output from the solar panels on the house roof is already well past the previous record since their installation 10 years ago.
Should you sell your old iPad or repurpose it into something worth keeping? In this article, you will learn that there are a surprising number of things you can do with an old iPad that still works. Here are our top 10 ideas of how you can use to give it a new lease on life.
Mother & pup at Blakeney Point, cared for by the National Trust The largest grey seal colony in England is expecting a major baby boom of 4,000 new arrivals this year, the National Trust has said.
Electric vehicle charging point It is part of what Mr Johnson calls a "green industrial revolution" to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear energy. Critics say the £4bn allocated to implement the 10-point plan is far too small for the scale of the challenge.
One of Britain's largest spiders has been discovered on a Ministry of Defence training ground in Surrey having not been seen in the country for 21 years. The great fox-spider is a night-time hunter, known for its speed and agility, as well as its eight black eyes which give it wraparound vision.
An artist's impression of Highview's planned energy storage facility Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in the form of liquid air. It will use surplus electricity from wind farms at night to compress air so hard that it becomes a liquid at -196 Celsius.
Blown Away U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson just announced a plan to power every home in the country with wind energy by 2030. It's an ambitious project, and one that will require serious investments in new wind turbines over the next decade, Engadget reports .
On August 28, Amazon announced it has ordered 1,800 battery electric delivery vans from Mercedes Benz. According to a report by Yahoo! News , Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said the order was part of his company's "journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world."