UK commits £3bn of climate finance to support nature and biodiversity

Programmes supported will include the flagship Blue Planet Fund for marine conversation as well as projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation

EU approves €280m for environment, nature and climate action projects

The funding is expected to trigger total investments of nearly €590m

‘If global climate warms by 2°C, 230 billion tonnes of CO2 will be released from soils’

That’s the dire warning from the University of Exeter, which says this could cause a catastrophic feedback loop

More US citizens concerned about long-term threat of climate change than coronavirus

Around 35% of respondents said they now trust their government’s ability to tackle the climate crisis less than they did before the pandemic

Biodiversity ‘being destroyed at a rate unprecedented in history’

On average, there has been a 68% decrease in the population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016

England’s ten largest landowners ‘must grow more trees’

That’s the call from Friends of the Earth, which claims some of the biggest landowners in England have woodland cover ‘even lower than the weak national average’

Microplastics found in guts of sharks off UK coast

Microplastic and other man-made fibre particles were found in 67% of the creatures studied

Greta Thunberg to donate €1m for green projects

The money comes from an award the Swedish teen activist has won and will be used to support environmental causes around the world

Government unveils £5m investment to reconnect with nature in the post-Brexit era

An addition £4 million of funding will support green spaces in four areas which have been hit hard by coronavirus

First ‘natural beauty extension’ since 1991 granted governmental approval

The plan will see the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty expanded by around 38 square kilometres