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Our environment is for life, not just for Christmas | Letters

Our environment is for life, not just for Christmas | Letters

Fiona Gomersall on ecological damage caused by Christmas trees, Rachel Kennerley on richer nations bearing the greatest burden, Sandy Irvine on population pressures and John Hobson on a carbon-added
Fears over poaching threat as rare albino orangutan released into Borneo forest

Fears over poaching threat as rare albino orangutan released into Borneo forest

Experts concerned for safety of Alba, world’s only known albino orangutan, in country where poverty drives illegal huntingFears have arisen for the world’s only known albino orangutan, Alba, who has
The miracle method for sustainable rice – and bigger harvests  | John Vidal

The miracle method for sustainable rice – and bigger harvests | John Vidal

A technique developed by a Jesuit priest is producing bumper crops – and reducing emissions of a grain responsible for 1.5% of greenhouse gases The fragrant jasmine rice growing on the left side of
Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

The home of India’s tech industry is growing rapidly. But basic government services have yet to catch up. While most people in the southern Indian…
Restaurants could make £7 for every £1 invested in cutting waste, report reveals

Restaurants could make £7 for every £1 invested in cutting waste, report reveals

Global study sets out how industry could make waste reduction pay, using data taken from across 12 countries Restaurants can make a profit of £7 for every £1 they invest in cutting food waste, a
Where the River Runs Red - a mining community caught between the past and a sustainable future

Where the River Runs Red - a mining community caught between the past and a sustainable future

In the isolated west of Tasmania an ominous red river divides the small mining town of Queenstown. A result of copper run-off from a closed mine, it is an ever-present reminder of the town’s history
Marine plastic pollution costs the world up to $2.5tn a year, researchers find

Marine plastic pollution costs the world up to $2.5tn a year, researchers find

Scientists warn that social and economic price of plastic waste to global society has been underestimatedPlastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs society billions of dollars every year in damaged
A Bus Station Awning by Day, Solar Powered Lighting Element at Night

A Bus Station Awning by Day, Solar Powered Lighting Element at Night

A elf-sufficient bus station in The Netherlands harnesses solar energy during the day to light up the awning by night.
World leaders have 'a lot to answer for' over damning figures on education

World leaders have 'a lot to answer for' over damning figures on education

Former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark condemns complacency as Unesco data shows one in six children won’t be in school by 2030World leaders have “a lot to answer for” as new figures reveal
EU moves to tackle deforestation caused by chocolate and other products

EU moves to tackle deforestation caused by chocolate and other products

Campaigners hail scheme to protect and restore forests around the world as ‘pivotal step’ towards ensuring goods remain untaintedThe EU has taken a “pivotal step” towards addressing the deforestation
Mallorca residents call for cruise ship limit of one a day in Palma

Mallorca residents call for cruise ship limit of one a day in Palma

Over 10,000 sign petition asserting that cruise tourism is ‘unsustainable and undesirable’Over 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for a limit of one cruise ship a day docking in Palma de
India's strongman PM: Modi to appear on Bear Grylls' Man vs Wild

India's strongman PM: Modi to appear on Bear Grylls' Man vs Wild

Narendra Modi claims the programme will showcase India’s ‘beautiful mountains and mighty rivers’, in the latest in a string of choreographed media appearancesIndia’s prime minister, Narendra Modi,
Thailand Tourism Body Needs More Than Marketing Prowess as It Turns 60

Thailand Tourism Body Needs More Than Marketing Prowess as It Turns 60

It’s one of the most astute destination marketers around, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand is facing a different test of skills as it turns 60 years old next year. Will it be as artful in
Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail 'fantastic victory'

Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail 'fantastic victory'

Judges overturn injunction won by plastic manufacturers after thin plastic bags were outlawedMalawi’s highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and
G7 and fashion houses join forces to make clothes more sustainable

G7 and fashion houses join forces to make clothes more sustainable

Climate crisis pushes retailers to reduce their impact on the environmentThere have been few fashion statements over the years at G7 summits (dress code: world leader suit, sensible shoes).But this
Pakistan expands ban on plastic bags as inspectors are caught in shop spat

Pakistan expands ban on plastic bags as inspectors are caught in shop spat

Punjab joins regions where polythene bags are illegal and stiff fines take effect in Islamabad amid demands for alternativesPunjab has become the latest region in Pakistan to ban plastic bags, as the
Primark to train 160,000 cotton farmers in sustainability drive

Primark to train 160,000 cotton farmers in sustainability drive

Retailer’s target is part of aim to use 100% sustainable cotton in all product categoriesPrimark has announced plans to improve its sustainability credentials by training 160,000 cotton farmers in

Prince Harry Launches Eco-Travel Initiative

The Travalyst project has been more than two years in development.

Want to Work With Walmart? Make Sustainability a Priority, Exec Says

Chinese suppliers are under pressure to help Walmart meet CO2 targets.
Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure

Leak suggests UN agency self-censors on climate crisis after US pressure

International Organization for Migration apparently amends programme documentation to avoid conflict with US ‘political sensitivities’Leaked communications suggest that the UN’s migration agency is