Environment

The latest environmental news

May 14, 2019

CO2 Levels Soar To Highest In Human Existence

'This increase is just not sustainable in terms of energy use and in terms of what we are doing to the planet'

May 10, 2019

Vegan Cooks 'The Happy Pear' Replace Plastic With Compostable Packaging

The brand has a team dedicated to sustainable packaging, and says over the last year, they have 'extensively reviewed their packaging and moved to more sustainable solutions'

May 10, 2019

Politicians Urged To Highlight Vegan Diets As They Tackle Climate Crisis

The Vegan Society has sent formal letters to the major UK political parties, explaining the positive impacts a plant-based diet can have on both the planet and human health

May 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders Slams Factory Farming For Its Environmental Impact

The American politician has described factory farms as a threat 'to the water we drink and the air we breathe'

May 7, 2019

Capri Cracks Down On Single-Use Plastic With New Ban

Tourists bringing non-recyclable plastic on to the island could face a €500 ($559) fine

May 7, 2019

1 Million Species Under Threat Of Extinction - Because Of Humans

Our drive to create food and energy are the main drivers of the decline in nature - the speed of which has not been seen before

May 6, 2019

UK Parliament Passes Motion To Declare Climate Emergency

'We have no time to waste. We're living in a climate crisis that will spiral dangerously out of control unless we take rapid and dramatic action now'

May 2, 2019

Airlines Urged To Offer Vegan Food To Offset Carbon Emissions

According to campaigners, the default choice is 'beef or chicken' - and this needs a plant-based upgrade

May 1, 2019

Vegan Company To Ditch Plastic And Use 100% Compostable Packaging

Vivo Life, which creates a range of plant-based protein products, is making the change in a bid to become more environmentally-friendly

April 30, 2019

Edible Vegan Seaweed Drink Pouches Trialed At London Marathon - As 216,000 Fewer Plastic Bottles Used

Event organizers had promised to make this year the most sustainable yet - and say they will collect all the plastic bottles that were used and send them to be recycled

April 29, 2019

Environmentalist Greta Thunberg Made Her Parents Feel Guilty For Eating Meat And Dairy

The 16-year-old climate change activist says she tried showing them graphs and data - but when that didn't work, she warned her family that they were 'stealing her future'

April 25, 2019

Eco Brand Aims To Replace Palm Oil With Coffee Waste

The start-up has already received £235,000 of funding from the Zero Waste Scotland agency

April 24, 2019

Vegan Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Blasts Claims That She Is 'Paid' To Campaign

The 16-year-old has come under major scrutiny - with people online claiming she is being 'used' by adults to push an agenda. Now she has spoken out about these accusations

April 23, 2019

Environmental 'Ecocide' Lawyer Polly Higgins Dies Age 50

Tributes have poured in from activists and campaigners around the world, paying tribute to the lawyer who has been described as 'inspiring' and 'a leader'

April 23, 2019

Businesses Including Unilever Voice Support For Extinction Rebellion Protest

The environmental organization shut down areas of London last week in a bid to bring attention to the impending climate crisis - and urge political leaders to take action

April 20, 2019

Guinness Invests £16 Million In Plans To Ditch Plastic Packaging

The company expects the chance to reduce its plastic use by over 400 tonnes each year

April 18, 2019

North Sea Oil Rigs Urged To Go Vegan Ahead Of Earth Day

Animal rights charity PETA has written to Shell asking it to offset its environmental damage - by serving eco-friendly, animal-free meals to its workers

April 17, 2019

Vegan Environment Activist Greta Thunberg Asks Pope To Tackle Climate Change

The prolific teenage campaigner is currently lobbying high profile figures in a bid to make politicians take action on the impending climate crisis

April 16, 2019

Volkswagen To Launch Electric Car - With Vegan Apple Leather Interior

The SUV, which will be available from 2021, was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this week

April 13, 2019

'Attenborough Effect' May Be Responsible For Drop In Single-Use Plastic

A new survey suggests David Attenborough's documentaries on climate change are having a major impact on consumers

April 10, 2019

Farmers Furious As Pupils Encouraged To Eat Less Meat And Dairy

The initiative, which has been endorsed by the Irish Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment, includes a resource pack which has been branded 'propaganda' by a farming organization

April 8, 2019

Zero Waste Vegan Market Coming To London This Weekend

The event will feature around 50 stalls selling sustainable products as well as food. There will also be a range of talks on offer on veganism activism and cooking among others

April 7, 2019

Isle Of Arran Becomes First 'Plastic-Free Community' In Scotland

The island's efforts to reduce plastic consumption have been officially recognized

April 6, 2019

Tesco Denies Its New Flushable Wipes Are Harmful To Aquatic Life

The company has responded to online critics calling for a total boycott of its stores

April 3, 2019

Vegan Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Wins Prestigious Prix Liberté

The outspoken environmental campaigner said she is 'grateful and honored' to have scooped the prize, and spoke about how much she admired her fellow nominees

April 2, 2019

Pregnant Whale Washes Up In Italy: 49lb Of Plastic In Stomach With Dead Fetus

According to a marine non-profit organization, 'garbage bags, fishing nets, and other objects were found in the mammal's stomach

March 29, 2019

World's Fastest Shark, Shortfin Mako, Moves Closer Towards Extinction

The species, which can swim over 40mph, has long been targeted for its meat and fins

March 29, 2019

Tesco Trials Plastic-Free Fruit And Veg Aisle For Entire Month

The supermarket giant says it wants to 'remove as much as plastic' as it can from its products

March 27, 2019

'We Can't Go On Eating Meat Like We Have' Says David Attenborough

The broadcaster, who was interviewed for the upcoming issue of Radio Times magazine said people need to be responsible when it comes to trying to keep the planet healthy

March 23, 2019

Vaquita Porpoise Faces 'Final Countdown To Extinction', Warn Conservationists

It's believed that there are only 10 of the world's most endangered marine mammal left

March 19, 2019

People Must Eat More Plant-Based To Save Planet, Warns UN

The organization says taxing meat would help shift people's habits and make them move away from eating so much meat - which is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

March 15, 2019

Vegan Kids Join Crowd Of 300,000 In Australian Climate Strike

The children taking part in the climate strikes, which aim to put pressure on politicians to take action against climate change, were part of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign

March 14, 2019

Vegan Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

The 16-year-old has been garnering headlines across the globe for her work to combat climate change

March 6, 2019

Balloons Present Global Threat To Marine Life, Scientists Claim

The study revealed that, out of all plastic debris, balloons pose the biggest risk of mortality for seabirds

March 1, 2019

Glastonbury Music Festival Pledges To Stop Selling Plastic Water Bottles

Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring their own reusable water bottle and make use of the festival's water stations

February 27, 2019

Global Climate Targets Out Of Reach As Deforestation Rises, Study Warns

Achieving the Paris Agreement's goal to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 °C requires 'substantial changes in the land system'

February 27, 2019

40 MEPs Pledge Their Support To Million Dollar Vegan Campaign

The Members of the European Parliament - including two UK representatives - signed a document expressing their 'concern about the danger of climate change and environmental destruction'

February 25, 2019

Sustainable Brand Launches Vegan Period Underwear And Swimsuits

The period wear, which is made from bamboo and cotton, offers a more eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads.

February 24, 2019

Great Barrier Reef Treated 'Like Rubbish Tip' After 1 Million Tons Of Sludge Dumped Nearby

Australian authorities have approved plans to dispose of waste from maintenance work close to World Heritage waters

February 20, 2019

Go Vegan To Save The Planet, Says New Environmental Report

The new report, published by animal welfare charity Viva!, describes the environmental impact of the livestock industry as 'shocking'

February 20, 2019

Vegan Zero Waste Market Returns To London Due To Popular Demand

Following its initial launch in September 2018, Zero Mkt London will return in April, with more exhibitors attending

February 11, 2019

Russian Islands 'Invaded' By Hungry Polar Bears

Climate change in the Arctic could be responsible for the sudden influx of the endangered species

February 11, 2019

Insects Facing Extinction Within 100 Years, According To New Report

If the rate of insect decline continues at the current rate, they could be extinct within a century, according to a new scientific review

February 7, 2019

Animal Farmers Turned Vegan To Speak At Major Food Conference

The Grow Green conference which will take place in April in London will address the growth of post-Brexit plant agriculture as well as look at how pastoral farmers can switch to arable

February 4, 2019

Ecotricity Becomes The First Vegan Energy Company In The UK

Some of Britain’s biggest energy companies are using animal by-products to generate power, using manure, poultry litter, and pig slurry

February 1, 2019

UK Fish And Chip Shops Are Selling Endangered Shark, Claim Scientists

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found fins of endangered shark species that have been unknowingly sold by a British wholesaler through DNA barcoding

January 17, 2019

More Plant-Based Diet Could Feed World And Save Planet, Say Scientists

North Americans must slash their red meat intake by 84% and Europeans by 77% with sharp increases in the consumption of nuts and seeds to meet the dietary guidelines

January 11, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Vegan Powerhouse Zanna Van Dijk Presents BBC Show About Plastic Waste

The social media star - who uses her platform to share information about sustainability - has presented an episode called 'Is It Possible To Live Plastic Free?' for BBC Earth

January 9, 2019

Online Calculator Works Out How Your Food Choices Impact The Planet

The calculator shared by the BBC lets you input your food choices and the frequency with which you consume them and works out the greenhouse gas emissions and water use

December 16, 2018

15-Year-Old Vegan Blasts 'Immature' World Leaders For Failing To Tackle Climate Change

Greta Thunberg gave a blistering speech at COP24 where she said politicians say they love their children - but are 'stealing their future' because of their inability to act

December 10, 2018

Norway Bans Biofuel Industry From Buying Palm Oil Linked To Deforestation To Help Save Orangutans

The move has been praised by campaigners who say they want other countries to follow Norway's lead and help reform the palm oil industry

December 9, 2018

Meat Reduction Initiative Scoops Major Climate Change Prize

More and more people are starting to embrace data which shows that the production of animal foods has a devastating impact on the planet

December 4, 2018

UK Parliament Urged To Go Vegan And Save The Planet

Charity Veganuary has set its sights on the nation's politicians - and will be campaigning hard to get them to ditch meat and dairy over January

November 26, 2018

Cadbury Destroys 25,000 Hectares Of Orangutan Habitat, Says Report

Mondelez International, which owns the chocolate giant, uses palm oil in many of its best-known products, including Oreo cookies, and Ritz crackers

November 21, 2018

Dead Whale Washes Up With '1,000 Bits Of Plastic In Stomach'

The animal, who was found in a national park in Indonesia, had swallowed 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, and four plastic bottles among other pieces of debris

November 21, 2018

Environment Secretary Michael Gove Urges Football Teams To Offer Vegan Options

The Minister is backing The Daily Telegraph's call for all Premier League clubs to become greener by implementing a raft of sustainability measures

November 13, 2018

UK's First Plastic-Free Supermarket Zones Open In Bid To Reduce Waste

It follows a similar scheme launched in Holland in February

November 13, 2018

Fishy Smell Coming From Major Dairy 'Making Locals Sick'

Local residents say they can't sleep because the smell is so bad

November 11, 2018

UK Government Climate Scientists Say Eat Less Beef To Save The Planet

We will miss our 2050 targets to cut climate emissions unless we change our diets

November 8, 2018

'Eat Less Meat Or Pay The Environmental And Human Price', Says UN

It says meat production is 'one of the most destructive ways in which we leave our footprint on the planet'

November 1, 2018

Radio 4: Scientist Says Vegan Diet Is Best Way To Save The World

But a farming representative said farming 'responsible meat is essential'

October 30, 2018

Humans Are Destroying The Planet And Have Just One Generation To Save It, Says Report

The WWF lays out the scale of environmental catatrophe

October 26, 2018

UK Government Announces Plans To Ban Single-Use Plastics

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a consultation

October 25, 2018

Vegan Director James Cameron Says Animal Ag Is Destroying The Planet

The filmmaker and his wife often promote the benefits of a plant-based diet

October 24, 2018

EU Parliament Votes To Ban Single-Use Plastic By 2021 In Bid To Save Oceans

One MEP warned there will be 'more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050'

October 22, 2018

Vegan Campaigners Tell Climate Minister To Ditch Steak And Save The Planet

The calls follow the Minister's comments that governments should not legislate for diet

October 22, 2018

Former Ireland President Says 'Go Vegan To Save The Planet' At Environment Conference

Mary Robinson has been criticized for her comments - but stands by them

October 18, 2018

Government Must Tackle Meat And Dairy Over-Consumption To Save Planet, Warns Report

New research shows there are no policies in place to support the food sector in low carbon transition

October 15, 2018

UK Climate Minister Refuses To Say Whether Meat Consumption Must Fall To Save Planet

The minister said telling people to eat less meat would be the 'worst kind of nanny state'

October 12, 2018

Food Should Have Environmental Impact Labels, Says Scientist

He believes it would help mitigate the huge planetary cost of our food system

October 11, 2018

Western Countries Must Cut Beef Intake By 90% To Avert Climate Crisis

The current food system is causing major environmental problems

October 9, 2018

'Landmark' UN Report Says Humans Have 12 Years To Stop Climate Crisis

There are a number of measures people can implement to reduce their impact

October 9, 2018

Meat Boss Says Cutting Out Meat Is Not The Answer To Climate Crisis

His opinion flies in the face of recent research

October 8, 2018

Global Shift To Vegan Diet Could Stop Wild Animals Disappearing By 2026, Say Environmentalists

The crisis has been described as the 'biggest of our lifetimes'

October 7, 2018

BBC Reveals How Plastic Waste Is Killing Wildlife In 'Drowning In Plastic' Documentary

The broadcaster says the world is 'only now waking up to this emerging crisis'

October 7, 2018

Toronto City Council Asks Public To Weigh In On Plastic Problem

One concillor says single-use plastics are hurting the environment, and costing the city money

September 30, 2018

Vegan School Meal Projects Win UN Climate Action Award

Both initiatives were spearheaded by vegan nonprofit ProVeg

September 29, 2018

Scientists Discover New Species Of Neon Colored Fish

One researcher called the discovery 'spectacular'

September 27, 2018

UN Brands Meat The 'World's Most Urgent Problem'

The organization has given an environmental award to plant-based companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods

September 27, 2018

Major Vegan And Zero Waste Market Launches In London This Weekend

Organizers say 'consumers can choose to have a positive impact on this world'

September 23, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Highway Littered With Dead Fish Brought In By Storm

The fish were reportedly pushed there from their usual habitat

September 23, 2018

Vegan Prince Khaled Joins Board Of New Environmental Foundation

The Shannon Elizabeth Foundation aims to protect 'wildlife and wild places'

September 22, 2018

Lidl To Drop Black Plastic From Produce Packaging

The chain estimates that it will save 50 tonnes of waste annually

September 22, 2018

Man Shoots And Kills Three Bear Cubs Who Broke Into Chicken Coop

The cubs and their mother were drawn by food

September 21, 2018

Plant Based News Launches 'Zero Waste Hacks' Series

Experts show you how to start minimizing your footprint

September 20, 2018

Man Dies Protecting Threatened Forest In Germany: Police Halt Eviction

He plunged to his death from trees according to reports

September 17, 2018

Waitrose To Ban Plastic Bags Calling Move 'Major Step Forward'

The store says this will save 500 tons of plastic

September 16, 2018

Healthy Meat-Free Diets Decrease Water Waste, Says New Study

While healthy diets use less water, plant foods use the least overall

September 15, 2018

Rare Orca 'Superpod' Gathers, Ailing Calf Presumed Dead

The calf was a member of an endangered population

September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence: Deserted Animals Facing Death

Pender County Animal Shelter warns it will euthanize animals that can't be rehomed

September 14, 2018

'Lucky' Narwhal Joins Beluga Pod In St. Lawrence River

The young whales have been spotted together since 2016

September 13, 2018

Manure Lagoon Flood Threat As Hurricane Florence Approaches Pig Farms

A manure flood could pollute waterways and threaten surrounding wildlife

September 12, 2018

17 Tons Of Fish Killed By Red Tide Arrive At Florida Landfill

The phenomenon is believed to be exacerbated by climate change

September 9, 2018

Whales At Risk As Rising Temperatures Drive Them Closer To Shore

The warm weather is believed to be the result of climate change

September 8, 2018

Dead Humpback Found Entangled In Rope

Fishing gear and starvation dubbed 'trouble' for all species

September 4, 2018

The 10 Easiest Ways to Reduce your Waste Right Now

Being kinder to the planet doesn't have to be overwhelming

August 20, 2018

Campaigners Demand Ban On New Factory Farms As Pigs Outnumber People In Spain

Environmentalists say the facilities have a severe impact on the planet

August 11, 2018

Residents Concerned For Environment As Dairy Farm Proposes Expansion

One Smith Valley local says she lives in 'stench' daily as a result of the farm

August 11, 2018

Company Met With Criticism Afer Launching Edible Utensils To Fight Plastic Waste

Environmentalists say the solution is less than optimal