Tetra Pak launches carton made entirely from plant based and renewable materials

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, is launching the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard. Read more »

University of Glasgow is the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels

People + Planet network have launched over 50 Fossil Free campaigns across the UK involving over 15,000 students

The University of Glasgow has become the first university in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry. After a year of student campaigning the University Court voted on 8th October 2014 to begin divesting £19 million from the fossil fuel industry and freeze new investments across its entire endowment of £128 million. This is a major victory for the UK and Europe's, rapidly growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Read more »

New report from Survival International reveals abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana

A new report from Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has revealed hundreds of cases of beatings, arrests and abuses suffered by the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana at the hands of wildlife officers and police. Read more »

Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Shown are fragments of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest in the North-East of Brazil, surround by sugar cane plantations. Credit: Mateus de Dantas de Paula

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the effect of the degradation has been underestimated in fragmented forest areas, since it was hitherto not possible to calculate the loss of the biomass at the forest edges and the higher emission of carbon dioxide. The UFZ scientists have now closed this knowledge gap. Read more »

Construction on Ecotricity's Galsworthy wind farm nears completion

Construction of Ecotricity's 9.2MW wind farm on Galsworthy Moor has stepped up, with all four wind turbines expected to be in the ground by the end of September. The wind farm, near Great Torrington in Devon, will begin generating in November and will power around 7,000 average UK homes a year: the equivalent of a quarter of all homes in Torridge.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Construction is going fantastically well, and this is the first of many more sites to come from Ecotricity. Read more »

Turning waste into carpets: the Net-Works programme expands

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Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities

Interface, the world's largest modular carpet manufacturer, has committed to expand the Net-Works™ programme in partnership with Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Read more »

2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel open for entries

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Tisséo-SMTC: Weaving together sustainable journeys in Toulouse

The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money. The Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions. Read more »

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