Alternative fuels could replace fossil fuels in Europe by 2050
Alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050, according to a report presented to the European Commission today by the stakeholder expert group on
Global farming revolution "urgently" needed to feed the planet
A worldwide agricultural revolution is urgently needed, with farmers growing more food at less cost to the environment, the UK's Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitc
2010 was the second hottest year on record, UK Met Office data
Last year was the second warmest year on record, according to provisional global temperature figures released today by the UK Met Office and the University of East Anglia.
Platoon driving could cut M-way fuel emissions by up to 20%
Platooning may be the new way of travelling on motorways in as little as ten years time - and the EU-financed SARTRE project has carried out the first successful demonstration of its technology at the Volvo Proving Groun
Runaway warming looms as history appears set to repeat itself
What insurance can the world afford to prevent repeating the catastrophic temperature increase of the past? A package of fast mitigation measures is recommended by Nobel Laureate Mario Molina and colleagues
Managers failing to encourage ‘green’ behaviour at work, study
Findings from a new survey show that 70% of people at work believe their managers lack commitment to pro-environmental behaviours and 65% believe unclear leadership strategy also contributes to the lack of pro-environmen
UN highlights balance between going green and tackling poverty
Eradicating global poverty while promoting sustainable development is the key challenge facing the world, as it becomes clear that economic progress based on the current pattern of production and consumption is increasin
Earth's ability to self-cleanse is more robust than thought
An international research team has taken a significant step forward in understanding the atmosphere’s ability to cleanse itself of air pollutants and some other gases, except carbon dioxide.
Kew reveals success of UN's International Year of Biodiversity
As the UN's International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet's plant and fungal life
Census confirms boost in numbers of threatened mountain gorillas
A detailed survey has revealed the number of critically endangered mountain gorillas has risen by more than a quarter.
UK Govt calculates its carbon footprint as 1.2bn tonnes of GHG
The UK Government has confirmed its carbon footprint from 1990 to 2008 generated 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Developing nations can cut greenhouse gas and help the poor
In the developing world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is often seen as being in conflict with alleviating poverty, since improving the standard of living is usually associated with increased energy use.
Painting roads white “significantly” reduces urban temperatures
A thin layer of lighter coloured asphalt applied to road surfaces could significantly lower surface temperatures in hot urban areas, according to a recent study. This could make living conditions more comfortable and red
Global warming forecasts are “underestimated”, new study warns
Current state-of-the-art global climate models predict substantial warming in response to increases in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The models, though, disagree widely in the magnitude of the warming that can
Prototype energy efficient housing trial exceeds expectations
Building work has now been completed on four energy-efficient prototype homes, which aim to dramatically reduce bills for heating and hot water.