England faces ‘the serious risk of running out of water by 2040’

That’s the warning from the Public Accounts Committee, which accuses Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency of having ‘taken their eye off the ball’

Defra asked to secure recycling collections amid lockdown

‘Vital supply of good quality packaging material’ is facing a shortage as retail outlets close their shutters

Climate change ‘could cost global economy nearly $10tn by 2050’

A new report warns nature losses and environmental damage need to be rapidly reversed in order to avoid severe financial losses across multiple vital sectors

Water saving at work ‘is lagging behind turning off the taps at home’

Despite nearly two-thirds of public sector workers in England and Scotland saying they have cut the amount of water they use at home, less than half are taking these practices to work

‘Global wind speeds are increasing’ say scientists

That’s the call from a new report published in the journal Nature Climate Change, which expects wind generation could increase by more than a third in the next decade as a result

Resource extraction
Global resource extraction ‘has more than tripled since 1970’

UN Environment says the annual extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tonnes to 92 billion tonnes over the period

Global resource consumption ‘to double by 2060’

The OECD expects extraction of biomass, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic minerals to soar

Earth Overshoot Day creeps forward to earliest point ever

This day marks the date each year humanity consumes a year’s worth of Earth’s resources

Low carbon energy to boost metal mining demand

The transition to a clean energy system will boost demand for a wide variety of minerals and metals. That’s according to a new report from the World Bank, which says the continuing boom in low carbon energy technologies such as wind, solar and battery storage will require an increase in the supply of aluminum, copper, lead, lithium, manganese, […]

Scottish Government takes Crown Estate powers

Powers over Scotland’s Crown Estate have been officially given to the Scottish Government. The transfer of control over the revenue and management of the multi-million pound assets is expected to give local communities a stronger voice in how Scotland’s resources are used. Scottish Ministers now have control over thousands of hectares of rural land and approximately half […]