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The future of agriculture lies in smart farming

Technology is radically transforming the nature of farming, combining the use of digital tools and automated machines to help farmers increase productivity and reduce the use of pesticides. So what does the future of agriculture look like as the digital revolution unfolds? The World Bank is pushing for ‘climate-smart agriculture’ as a means to increase productivity […]
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Co-op targets 100% sustainably sourced soy through credits scheme

Supermarket chain Co-op has set a new, ongoing target of sourcing 100% sustainably certified soy across its supply chains, after joining global Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS). Co-op’s overarching aim is 100% physically certified soy across its supply chain by 2025 Announced today (8 April), the commitment will see Co-op use RTRS’s standards to ensure […]
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Green machines? Flying taxis could slash emissions for long journeys

The vehicles could slash greenhouse gas emissions in half for three people on a 100 kilometer trip. An artist’s rendering of an electric vertical takeoff and landing taxi. Image: Dave Brenner/University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability via Thomson Reuters Foundation Thomson Reuters Foundation Wednesday 10 April 2019 Futuristic electric flying taxis like those […]
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Milk & More has installed dedicated EV charging points at 25 of its distribution centres to support the electrification of its fleet

Milk & More to add 160 pure-electric vans to its UK delivery fleet

Food and drink delivery firm Milk & More is set to add a further 160 fully electric vans to its UK fleet by the end of May, bringing its total electric van stock to more than 500 vehicles. Milk & More has installed dedicated EV charging points at 25 of its distribution centres to support […]
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Unilever North America Accelerates Action on Plastic Packaging to Reach 50% Recycled Content by End of Year

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the Walmart Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting today, Unilever North America President Amanda Sourry announced plans to accelerate and expand the company’s plastics commitments in North America. The three-part plan provides better choices for plastic packaging, adds clear recycling instructions on pack, and launches a shopper education program in partnership with Walmart. “Today, […]
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Concrete steps: Inside the building pressure to make climate-friendly cement

The world has a cement problem. On the one hand, it’s an incredibly versatile, relatively cheap building material. On the other, it’s a massive greenhouse gas emitter. Both the industry itself and outside parties are working to address the issue. One set of efforts seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of the cement production process, […]
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Renewables produced more energy than brown coal and gas over summer

Report finds rise in solar and wind generation almost eclipsed capacity lost when Hazelwood power station closed  The Hazelwood power station in 2018. Almost all of the generation capacity lost in Hazelwood’s closure has been replaced by renewables. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian Growth in wind and solar energy over the past two years has almost […]
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European Parliament approves ban on single-use plastics

European lawmakers have approved a new law banning single-use plastic items, to go in effect by 2021. This is how you do it. You see a problem – in this case, that 80 percent of marine litter is plastic, and it’s decimating wildlife and destroying the marine environment – and you make laws to fix […]
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Stretching the conversation about sustainable natural rubber

In the last 30 years, Asia has doubled the area of land dedicated to rubber plantations, where environmental abuses run rampant in its complex supply chain. Now, the biggest stakeholders in rubber are setting new standards with the launch of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.   A rubber plantation in Bintan, Indonesia. Smallholders make […]
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Drivers to be given cash for ditching cars under new Government-funded scheme

UK motorists are set to be paid thousands of pounds to give up their cars in favour of public transport and other low-carbon alternatives as part of a new Government-funded scheme. The grants will be ring-fenced for public transport tickets and membership to car and bike-sharing schemes The initiative, which is currently unnamed, is due […]
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Michael Bloomberg to launch decarbonisation tracker for utility firms

Businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has unveiled fresh plans to utilise his firm Bloomberg LP and its charitable arm, Bloomberg Philanthropies, to help the utility sector to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. The move builds on Bloomberg’s service as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and the co-founder of the Task Force on […]
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Cambodia returns land taken from indigenous people in ‘unprecedented’ move

The decision ‘represents an unprecedented recognition of indigenous land rights over business interests in Cambodia,’ experts said.   A young girl collects latex sap out of rubber trees in Cambodia. Image: Chiara Abbate, CC BY-SA 2.0   Cambodia has returned land taken a decade ago from indigenous communities for a Vietnamese company’s rubber plantation, a sign that foreign […]
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