Archive for March 19th, 2017:

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

Soft drinks makers admit more needs to be done to stop people discarding single-use plastic bottles. Their UK trade body says it will work with government to reduce the number of bottles ending in the sea. It follows research from Greenpeace suggesting the top six global firms sell plastic bottles weighing more than two million

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Burning wood for energy ignites fierce academic row

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic have become embroiled in a war of words over energy from trees. A recent Chatham House report claimed that burning wood for electricity is worse for the climate than using coal. It sparked a backlash from a group of 125 academics in the field

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No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching

Image copyright BirdLife Cyprus Image caption Acacia bushes provide an ideal roosting spot for migrating birds British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base. Some 1.7 million birds were illegally killed across the Republic of Cyprus in 2016 according to a new report.

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