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Earth Day 2021: Is the UK likely to meet the new Carbon Emission Targets?

Governments across the world have made ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions and ensure that global warming doesn’t reach the dangerous 1.5C or 2C increase above pre-industrial levels. From China’s pledge to be net zero by 2060 to the recent US and China climate change commitment,  the environment has been prevalent on policy agendas globally – and the UK is no exception.  …

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Could Face Trials In The Hague For Ecocide

Jair Bolsonaro, the 38th president of Brazil could face charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “ecocide” and crimes against humanity. Amazon deforestation has spiked a shocking 50% since the far-right President was elected in 2018. William Bourdon, a French lawyer, has submitted a request on behalf of human rights groups and indigenous leaders …

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Putting An End To Fly-Tipping

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New legislation  In April 2020, the House of Commons published a briefing paper regarding fly-tipping, its implications for the environment as well as the penalties and responsibilities derived from it. With continuous discussions regarding the environment and the policies put in place by countries globally to save it, it’s concerning that fly-tipping still occurs and is still …

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Snapshot Update: The Self-driving Apple Car

Apple will commence production of its ‘Apple Car’ – an autonomous vehicle with innovative battery technology – in 2024. Whilst analysts claim its launch might be delayed until 2028, the electric vehicle (EV) and self-driving car market is gaining traction. For example, Volkswagen has pledged to invest €2bn into expanding EV production in China and …

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Snapshot: Investigating Detrimental Oil Spillage in Mauritius

Mauritius is famous for being a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. However, this perception was somewhat tainted ever when a Japanese ship struck a reef on July 25 2020, which then leaked some 1,000 tonnes of oil in the pristine waters. On the 15th August the ship split apart causing …

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Opportunity or a Loss? A Look into the UK’s Post-Brexit Climate Change Policy

Post-Brexit Policy As of writing this article, it has been two full weeks since the UK officially left the European Union on the 31st of December, 2020. The deal, which came out of years of debate and discussion has been scrutinised and picked apart, so let’s take a closer look at how the UK’s climate …

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The Dangerous Acceleration of the Climate Crisis

The race to save the planet from self-decay because of the never-ending climate crisis is more important now than ever before. The climate crisis is known to be so broad because it encompasses a range of environmental global issues that desperately need our attention. Air Pollution and Poor Governance A recent report published by Scientific …

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Can Local, Grass-fed Beef be more Sustainable than Veganism?

In the backdrop of the rapid decline of our planet’s health, with dramatic manifestations such as more frequent and severe natural disasters, many of us are wondering how we might be able to make a difference. One rapidly growing body of research is looking at the environmental impact of how we eat, with a salient …

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