Climate threats top chart of global concerns for 2020

The World Economic Forum says politicians must work to avoid economic and political polarisation and instead encourage collective efforts to tackle environmental issues

Air pollution ‘to blame for 20,500 people UK deaths every year’

That’s according to the 2019 Lancet Countdown report, which forecasts climate change and air pollution will result in millions more premature deaths over the next decade

Spikes in air pollution send hundreds of extra people to hospital across UK

A new report highlights that on days with low air quality, the number of people hospitalised by heart attacks, strokes and asthma significantly rises

Air pollution could be as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

Researchers found an association between long-term exposure to all major air pollutants, especially ozone, and an increase in emphysema

Could wind turbines be killing cows?

Some farmers in France believe electromagnetic fields coming from electrical infrastructure could be causing high rates of animal mortality

Asthma
Air pollution ’causes four million children to develop asthma every year’

Researchers say around 11,000 new cases of the breathing condition occur each day around the world as a result of toxic air from traffic

World ‘sleepwalking into catastrophe’ over climate inaction

The World Economic Forum warns extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, is the risk most likely to happen over the next 10 years

BT ‘leads FTSE 100 in terms of managing climate risks’

The company beat previous winner Marks & Spencer to take top place on EcoAct’s green leaderboard

Only a tenth of firms incentivise climate mitigation at board level

This is despite more than 80% overseeing climate change issues at the board level

Deforestation risks $941bn – leaf it out!

International businesses are risking $941 billion (£711bn) of investments by failing to adequately address the risks posed by deforestation. That’s according to a new report from CDP based on 201 global companies’ disclosures regarding the four commodities responsible for the bulk of deforestation and forest degradation – cattle products, palm oil, timber products and soy. […]