The largest ever ban of toxic chemicals announced by European Commission

Thousands of the most notorious chemicals will be rapidly banned in Europe, the European Commission announced last week, as part of the Zero-pollution goal in the EU Green Deal. Michael Warhurst discusses the new roadmap in an article on the Chemtrust website.   New EU roadmap proposes action to ban some of the most hazardous … Continue reading The largest ever ban of toxic chemicals announced by European Commission

The world is getting louder, and the rise in noise pollution is hurting people, animals and even plants

The rumble of road traffic and trains, the bustle of the bar downstairs or the roar of a plane taking off – noise is a problem that is increasingly hurting health and disrupting ecosystems. Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the impact and what can be done to lower the noise.   … Continue reading The world is getting louder, and the rise in noise pollution is hurting people, animals and even plants

New enzyme invented that breaks down plastic waste in hours

The new recycling process could revolutionise how big industry reuses materials according to an article by Jane Dalton on The Independent website.   Scientists invent enzyme that can break down plastic waste in ‘hours instead of centuries’ Scientists have invented an enzyme variant they say can break down plastic waste in just hours or days … Continue reading New enzyme invented that breaks down plastic waste in hours

What African cities need to do to provide children protection from the impacts of the climate crisis

Rongedzayi Fambasayi, Doctoral Researcher: Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa, provides a strong argument why cities need to play a stronger role in protecting children from the effects of climate change in an article on The Conversation website.   African cities can do more to protect children from climate change Six in 10 people … Continue reading What African cities need to do to provide children protection from the impacts of the climate crisis

Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

 New technology can zap salt water to ensure good quality and do it almost instantaneously. Anthony Cuthbertson discusses the new innovation in an article on The Independent website.   New invention turns seawater into drinking water at the push of a button Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water … Continue reading Researchers have invented a desalination device that can turn seawater into drinking water at the push of a button

How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems at Nottingham Trent University, in an article on The Conversation website, discusses how human body heat can be used to adjust temperatures. He said we can develop “smart buildings” able to adjust their heating based on the number of people in a room and the expected resulting increase … Continue reading How human heat can best be used to warm buildings

New EEA briefing on carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats

What is the carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats? A first scoping analysis, published recently by the European Environment Agency (EEA), found that forests and wetlands can play an important role in storing carbon but doing so should take account of potential impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services.   … Continue reading New EEA briefing on carbon storage and sequestration potential of Europe’s many land and marine habitats

The New Zealand government releases plans to prepare the country for the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis: sea level rise, floods, massive storms and wildfires

Tess McClure writes on The Guardian website about the government’s proposals to prepare the country for more floods, massive storms and wildfires include building away from high-risk areas and protecting cultural sites.   New Zealand unveils plan to tackle climate crisis by adapting cities to survive rising seas The New Zealand government has released new … Continue reading The New Zealand government releases plans to prepare the country for the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis: sea level rise, floods, massive storms and wildfires

“At Cop27, it is incumbent upon all states and non-state actors to demonstrate a united world that faces climate change challenges through urgent, ambitious, and transformative agenda”

The latest IPCC report and Ukraine crisis show the urgency of phasing out fossil fuels, investing in renewables and developing sustainable agriculture. Mahmoud Mohieldin, the Egyptian UN Climate Change high-level champion and the UN special envoy on financing the 2030 sustainable development agenda writes on the Climate Change News website about some of his views … Continue reading “At Cop27, it is incumbent upon all states and non-state actors to demonstrate a united world that faces climate change challenges through urgent, ambitious, and transformative agenda”

Japan beefing up its building codes

Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) and Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) guidelines will be used to enforce the revised building codes according to a news item on the Rethink Tokyo website. They will come into effect after 2025.   Energy conservation architecture to be mandatory for Japan real estate from 2025 On April 22nd, the Cabinet of … Continue reading Japan beefing up its building codes