New EEA report on better air quality throughout EU has led to significant reduction in premature deaths but almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution

Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.   Marked improvement in Europe's air quality over past … Continue reading New EEA report on better air quality throughout EU has led to significant reduction in premature deaths but almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution

Glass bottles are more than four times as damaging to the planet as plastic ones

A recent study that shows how damaging glass bottles are. The total environmental impact for glass bottles is much higher when factors such as their contribution to climate change through energy use and damage from mining for key ingredients is factored in, finds the study. Tom Bawden explains in an article on the inews website. … Continue reading Glass bottles are more than four times as damaging to the planet as plastic ones

New EEA briefing on the environmental impact of COVID-19 measures

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the disease have provided some short-term positive impacts on Europe’s environment, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published this week. These include temporary improvements in air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower levels of noise pollution. However, the assessment also … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the environmental impact of COVID-19 measures

Agriculture has overtaken coal-fired power plants to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about the negative impact that agriculture is having on the environment.   Farming has overtaken fossil fuels and is now the main human source of sulphur in environment Agriculture has overtaken fossil fuels to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment, with scientists fearing it … Continue reading Agriculture has overtaken coal-fired power plants to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

We are increasingly discouraged by the environmental policies of the Trump administration. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University writes in an article on The Conversation website about the EPA’s latest rejection of science that will have an impact on air quality.   EPA … Continue reading The US Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains

Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

There appears to be “fake news” that is intentionally seeding confusion as we address the coronavirus while also needing to keep a long-term focus on addressing climate change. Marc Hudson, Researcher on Sociomaterial Transformations at Keele University, explains in an article on The Conversation website.   Beware far-right arguments disguised as environmentalism Posters in the … Continue reading Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left

Changes underway to weaken environmental standards in the US

President Trump has been determined to loosen environmental standards.  We have seen his approach to fuel efficiency standards, LEDs and many more. What is of serious concern is that another change would restrict the kinds of scientific studies that can be used when writing new environmental regulations. Juliet Eilperin explains in an article on The … Continue reading Changes underway to weaken environmental standards in the US

US Environmental Protection Agency pushing forward with policy that could limit the use of science used to underpin regulations

British cabinet minister Michael Gove said during the Brexit referendum in 2016 that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. Now the US is following that view. Brady Dennis wrote on The Washington Post website that the EPA wants to limit the science used to develop its regulations. What are your views?   … Continue reading US Environmental Protection Agency pushing forward with policy that could limit the use of science used to underpin regulations

Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool

So, what are you? An optimist or a pessimist? No, no need to answer. But it is good to think about this when discussing our approach to the environment. Dominic McAfee and Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide together with Zoe Doubleday of the University of South Australia explain their reasons in an article … Continue reading Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool

New report from European Environment Agency on environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures

Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published recently warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards, despite … Continue reading New report from European Environment Agency on environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures