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.

How London plans to make the entire city an Ultra Low Emissions Zone

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Three years ago, London was the first city to introduce an “Ultra Low Emissions Zone,” or ULEZ, which charged the most polluting vehicles a fee to enter—something the BBC called one of the most radical anti-pollution policies in the world at the time. The zone expanded last year. Now the government plans to expand it to cover the entire city.

It’s a way to help tackle three challenges simultaneously: the city’s air pollution, the climate crisis, and congestion that means drivers now spend the equivalent of six days sitting in traffic each year. London has seen pollution start to drop in the center, where the first ULEZ sits–but the benefits weren’t reaching other neighborhoods, and climate emissions from transportation weren’t dropping quickly enough to be on track for the city’s goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2030. The city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, wanted to go further to address all three problems.

Crown Estate upgrades offshore database

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The Crown Estate has upgraded its online Marine Data Exchange (MDE), a database of offshore renewables survey data, research and evidence.

The free-to-access online database now includes over 2300 survey campaigns collated from feasibility through to decommissioning studies across the offshore wind, marine aggregates and wave and tidal sectors.

Tesco removes half a billion pieces of plastic from own products

Read the full story in Resource.

Tesco removed 500 million pieces of unnecessary plastic from its own-brand products last year, including plastic bags, forks, chicken trays, and straws.

Since the inception of its ‘4Rs – Remove, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ packaging strategy, the supermarket has removed more than one and a half billion pieces of plastic from its UK business.

Plastic packaging increases fresh food waste, study finds

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Research by sustainability charity Wrap debunks idea single-use plastic on fruit and veg helps prevent waste.

FMCG environmental sustainability: mounting pressure to improve sourcing and packaging

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Heightened consumer pressure for eco-friendly sourcing together with more stringent packaging regulations have put environmental sustainability centre stage for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, says Odgers Interim consumer consultant Zoe Wakeham.

Why one UK city is requiring new buildings to include a special brick for birds and bees

Read the full story at Fast Company.

New planning laws in Brighton and Hove now require developers to install bricks for bees and swifts into all new buildings taller than five meters. These are hollow bricks with an entrance hole for birds, or bricks with lots of small holes to allow tubes for nesting bees. Hackney Council has adopted rules requiring new build projects to include swift bricks.

Can a historic building be a green building?

Read the full story at Built Environment Networking.

Research published in March by Historic England revealed that carefully retrofitting historic homes could save up to 84% in carbon emissions. England has one of the oldest building stocks in Europe, with a fifth of all homes being over a century old and so the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions could have considerable benefit.

How to prepare for plastic packaging tax and other tax changes

Read the full story at Food Manufacture UK.

The plastic packaging tax – due to be introduced on 1 April 2022 – is one of a few tax changes that could have significant financial impact on food manufacturers in the coming months.

Environment Agency to develop climate change app

Read the full story at UK Authority.

The Environment Agency (EA) is moving forward with plans to develop a mobile app to encourage people to make lifestyle changes to combat climate change.

It has published a market notice for support in a private beta project to begin by early April, saying it is in support of the Government’s commitment to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.