UK public's biodiversity concerns
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More than three-quarters of Britons are concerned about the loss of plants and wildlife in the UK, but less than half believe they can do something about it.
Responding to a Defra survey of their attitudes and behaviours towards the environment, 79% of individuals said they “worry” about the extinction of species all over the world and 78% were particularly concerned with those native to the UK.
While 73% confirmed the environment was important to them, only 45% said they believed there was something they could do personally to protect biodiversity in the UK, and just 13% had volunteered time to help a conservation project in the previous 12 months.
The survey also revealed that fewer people felt they had a good understanding of climate change and biodiversity than in 2009.
On a more positive note, more than 90% agreed that having public parks and other green spaces close to their homes was important, with 56% saying they visited them at least once a week.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.
The UK's solar energy capacity must treble over the next decade for the country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, but is only set to double under a business-as-usual scenario.
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has today been launched to support financial institutions and corporates in assessing and managing emerging risks and opportunities as the world looks to reverse biodiversity loss.