06:58 08.10.2019

Relocating China's pig industry could have unintended consequences

Scientists have warned that Chinese Government’s desire to relocate its pig industry to the southwest and northeast provinces, in order to protect water quality could have unintended detrimental consequences. In 2015 livestock production was banned in certain areas, in attempt to control water pollution. But the change could cause the transfer of pollution to new regions, where large areas of forest and fragile natural grassland would suffer from nitrogen deposition and diffuse water pollution from the new facilities. Concerns have been raised regarding the soil degradation and threats to human health, but crucially the risks associated with long-distance transport of livestock, including the spread of disease.
Source: Phys.org
06:55 08.10.2019

Air pollution can cause baldness, first major study finds

Scientists have shown that a fine particulate matter emitted by vehicles may be causing baldness by damaging the skin that hols hair follicles in place. Recent research conducted in China, the world's most polluted country, found men in their 20s are going bald sooner than previous generations.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
07:11 07.10.2019

Creation of a circular economy will require extreme action

The contents of an average household’s rubbish bin has changed in recent decades: it now contains more Amazon boxes, for example, and more plastics. But the biggest trend in trash is simply that we are producing much, much more of it. At present the world creates 2bn tonnes of solid waste a year: this is expected to rise to 3.4bn tonnes by 2050, according to the World Bank.
Source: FT
07:08 07.10.2019

Eni chief says oil majors cannot ease emissions crisis alone

Eni’s chief executive has said the listed oil and gas majors cannot alleviate the world’s carbon emissions crisis alone despite them coming under scrutiny and pressure to curb investment in new projects. “When you see what we represent, we represent no more than 10-15 per cent of overall production and just a few per cent of worldwide oil and gas reserves,” said Claudio Descalzi. “If we stop producing, nothing will change.”
Source: FT
07:05 07.10.2019

Climate salvation shouldn’t rest on teenage shoulders

It’s a strange time when the world looks to a teenager for salvation. On Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced and Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, is tipped to win. A year ago, the teenage protester was unknown; today she is regularly compared to Joan of Arc. More than 4m people took part in the world’s largest climate protests in September, following her lead.
Source: FT
07:02 07.10.2019

Climate change protesters block major central London roads

Thousands of climate change protesters blockaded major roads around parliament in London on Monday at the start of what they have billed as a two-week demonstration to “shut down” the heart of the UK capital to force a change in government policy.
Source: FT
07:00 07.10.2019

China's Coal Power Giants Seen Charging Ahead Into Climate Risks

The article highlights how China’s top six listed coal-power companies are failing to take any steps on the transition to cleaner energy, or respond to climate change. In addition, China still mines and burns almost half of the world’s coal which means about 60% of the country’s total energy needs.
Source: Fin24
07:15 06.10.2019

Investors struggle to make US companies change tack on climate change

Barely a dozen proposals on environmental issues put forward by shareholders reached a vote across 1,500 of the largest US companies, raising questions about institutional investors’ determination to push for meaningful corporate action on climate change. The number of shareholder-backed environmental proposals at companies in the S&P 1500 index dropped to just 13 in the year ended June 30, down more than half from the 29 in the previous 12 months, according to Georgeson, the shareholder engagement and governance consultancy.
Source: FT