Producers need to start getting ready for the UK’s EPR packaging regulations

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The implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations in the UK has been delayed until 2024, but packaging data specialist Ecoveritas is cautioning producers to not be complacent and to start making plans now.

Questions remain, but large-scale carbon capture is crucial for energy transition

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The UK has shortlisted bidders for carbon capture and storage schemes, advancing towards bringing more CCS projects on stream in support of net zero strategies

University receives £220,000 from UK Government for hydrogen research

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The University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering has been awarded £220,000 in funding from the UK Government for a project that aims to create a new process to obtain hydrogen from organic waste as part of the energy transition.

How Sussex farmers plan to rewild a nature-rich green corridor to the sea

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The Weald to Waves project aims to create at least 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of nature-friendly land in corridors running from the rolling hills of the Weald down the valleys of the Rivers Arun and Adur to boost biodiversity on land and in the sea.

The ambitious nature restoration plan is set to receive a big boost this summer with the government’s announcement of a multimillion-pound “landscape recovery” pilot, one of the new environmental land management schemes (Elms).

Food waste: Retailers remove indicative dates from fruit, veg and dairy

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In an effort to limit the amount of food wasted in households across the UK, supermarket retailers are taking action.

Gone for thousands of years, wild bison return to the UK

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Wild bison, absent from the United Kingdom for thousands of years, are being reintroduced to a forest near Canterbury, England to help restore the woods to their natural state.

The Wilder Blean project, a partnership of Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust, is returning bison to the West Blean and Thornden Woods, a forest dominated by just a few species, namely pines from commercial tree plantations dating back to the 1970s. The bison will knock down trees and trample over shrubs, creating space for new plants to take hold. A greater diversity of flora will attract new insects, birds, and reptiles, and will also help the woods store more carbon, conservationists say.

New map of ancient trees an opportunity for conservation

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A new map shows there could be around two million trees with exceptional environmental and cultural value previously unrecorded in England.

Frontiers is first publisher to join ‘Stick to Science’ initiative

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Frontiers has become the first publisher to join the ‘Stick to Science’ initiative to support open scientific collaboration.  

Initiated by Universities UK, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), public research university ETH Zurich, the ETH Board, Wellcome and The Royal Society, the ‘Stick to Science’ campaign calls for an open, inclusive, and collaborative research and innovation landscape in Europe that is free from political barriers.

The initiative comes off the back of uncertainties over the UK and Switzerland’s participation in Horizon Europe, the EU’s €95.5 billion research and innovation program. The UK’s relationship with Horizon Europe remains trapped in post-Brexit arrangements, while Switzerland is locked out of parts of the program, pending further government talks. In both cases, efficient science collaboration continues to be stalled by politics.   

Switzerland and the UK, two of the best performing science systems in the world, are long-standing and academically important partners in Europe’s research and innovation landscape. However, some of the best minds of the British and Swiss institutions are currently unable to fully and efficiently contribute to Europe’s science and research as a result of the ongoing uncertainty.  These circumstances are hindering some of Europe’s top scientists from working together to tackle looming global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, sustainability, energy and food security.  

British food and drink majors support new WRAP initiative to unify sector’s Scope 3 emissions reporting

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Sainsbury’s and Tesco are among the businesses piloting a new methodology designed to help food and drink businesses across the value chain accurately measure and report their indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

A very British climate project unites soggy weather and a Victorian work ethic

Read the full story in the New York Times.

As Britain went into its first Covid lockdown, a scientist asked for help transcribing rainfall records spanning three centuries. Thousands of people online answered the call.