Tag: Wasting resources
UK’s food waste could feed 30m people a year
Last night, a leading British chef launched a campaign to reduce the 15 million tonnes of food wasted each year. Who is to blame for this shameful squandering of scarce resources?
Scientists ‘find’ over two trillion new trees
There are likely to be eight times more trees in the world than we previously thought, according to a new study. When they can be so wrong, should we trust in the statistics we read?
Pope demands protection for ‘precious’ Earth
The worldwide head of the Catholic Church has called for action to preserve the natural world. Is the good of humans the most important reason we should be concerned about the environment?
TRADE SECRETS: Cod off the menu
Cod — one of the world’s favourite fish — has seen a drastic decline in its numbers over recent years. Do humans have a responsibility to protect the species they eat?
Eat less meat to save the planet, report warns
A new report argues that the world’s growing appetite for meat, especially beef, is a greater threat to the environment than pollution from cars and aircraft. Is it time to turn vegetarian?
India’s PM vows to clean up the sacred Ganges
A toxic mix of human waste and chemicals is polluting one of the world’s most important and holy rivers. India’s new prime minister has vowed to take action, but who is most to blame?
Ministers threaten to drop green energy pledge
Conservatives think hard times have turned the public against meeting Britain’s commitment to increase renewable energy. So is it fair to add green subsidies to household electricity bills?
UN confronts rise of climate change denial
This week the United Nations is to upgrade the probability that humans are radically altering the climate to ‘extremely likely’. But doubt about global warming is gaining ground.
The scandal of massive global food wastage
A new study has disclosed that up to 50% of the food produced every year never makes it to the plate. With billions of hungry people to feed, how can we stop this horrendous waste?
Global anger over the cost of going green
At the United Nations conference on tackling climate change, poorer countries are demanding subsidies for green energy plans from industrialised nations. Frustration is building on both sides.
Green policies sacrificed in rush to heal economies
Only recently, politicians across the world regularly competed to persuade voters that the environment was their main concern. A few years and a financial crisis later, priorities have changed.
Rescuers race to halt oil spill before the storm
The first oil from a wrecked container ship has washed up on the New Zealand coastline. Not for the first time, natural beauty is threatened by humanity's thirst for fossil fuels.
China drought raises fears of global crisis
Parts of China are experiencing their worst drought in 50 years. Desperate officials have opened dams, spending the country's water reserves. But water shortages remain a global threat.