Plastic bag charge in Scotland to double to 10p

The move is expected to come into effect from 1st April

Almost 35% of renewable sector professionals ‘received pay rise in 2020’

A further 67% of renewables professionals are optimistic of a pay increase in 2021, according to a new report

Scottish communities granted £3.2m for climate action projects

The Community Climate Asset Fund is supporting 279 projects, which includes the delivery of electric bikes, food growing equipment to reduce carbon emission and glazing to boost energy efficiency

Government unleashes £213m of new funding to tackle climate change and COVID-19

The money will be used to equip the scientists, universities and research institutes across the UK with state-of-the-art technology

Government backs research on the link between nature and mental health

Seven centres will test how to support patients using green activities, including walking and cycling and tree planting

Pandemic pushes ‘600,000 more energy customers into debt’

The average amount owed by those who haven’t come to a repayment arrangement with their supplier stands at £760 for electricity and £605 for gas

Coronavirus drives plague of waste with 102 plastic masks binned every week in UK alone

The North London Waste Authority says this shocking side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is ‘creating a huge new plastic pollution problem’

Covid-19 restrictions ‘likely to have caused 7% fall in smart meter installations last month’

All UK regions indicated similar decreases in installations when compared with October’s figures, according to a report

Household bills could rise by £21 as Ofgem considers increasing energy price cap

The regulator is consulting on its proposals to recover debt-related costs that have resulted due to the coronavirus pandemic

Conserving tropical peatlands ‘is vital to protecting humans from infectious disease’

An international study team led by the University of Exeter suggests protecting such areas could even reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic