Articles from Transform May 2018

Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme

Scientists have accidentally engineered an enzyme that can digest some of the most common plastics littering the environment, providing a potentially ...

Renewable energy meets 100% of Portugal’s electricity demand

Portugal’s renewable energy production exceeded its electricity consumption in March this year, according to data from the country’s transmission syst...

New Zealand bans offshore oil and gas exploration

New Zealand’s recently elected coalition government has announced a ban on all new offshore oil and gas exploration after seven years of growing publi...

Divided loyalties: Interview with John Gummer

Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change John Gummer (Lord Deben) talks to Chris Seekings about Brexit and the UK’s role as an environmental leader...

A sketchy diagnosis

The title of the latest report from the UK chief medical officer is ‘Health Impacts of All Pollution – What Do We Know?’. As it turns out, it seems we...

Staunching the flow: blood minerals for smartphones

The instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being fuelled by the need for minerals used in smartphones and other devices. EU legislatio...

Channelling the charge: making change happen

IEMA has one of the more powerful communities on earth dedicated to protecting and enhancing the environment.

UK government unlikely to deliver 'green Brexit', report finds

Regulatory gaps post-Brexit could lead to ‘zombification’ of environmental policy in the UK, with no system of governance in place to enforce EU laws ...

Climate change poses growing threat to bee population

Increasingly frequent and intense droughts will add to a long list of climate-change-induced perils threatening the survival of bees across the world,...

Climate change inequality identified in the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth’s poorer nations are doing more than their fair share to tackle climate change, while richer nations like the UK and Canada fail to d...

Biofuel targets to clean up UK transport

The use of renewable fuels in Britain’s transport sector will double over the next 15 years as a result of tough biofuel targets that came into effect...

May 2018: New regulations

The latest guidance, consultations and legislation.

In court: Anglian Water agrees to a £50,000 enforcement undertaking

Pollution: Water company Anglian Water is to pay £50,000 to an environmental charity, after a manhole overflowed with black sludge and grey liquid in...

Case law: SPS decision quashed as judge finds no evidence that an act or omission attributable to Stody Estate caused breach

A decision regarding the single farm payment scheme (SPS) has been quashed in the case of Stody Estate Ltd v Secretary of State for Environment, Food ...

Deposit scheme to crack down on plastic pollution

The fight against plastic pollution – spurred by the spotlight on ocean pollution in the television series Blue Planet II – has taken a positive turn....

Rocky resource comes to light

A groundbreaking study has found that 26% of nitrogen in natural ecosystems is sourced from rocks, shedding light on the mysterious gap in gas levels ...

Insurance: A bigger splash

The part insurers play in paying claims for financial loss is well known, but increasingly they are taking on a wider role in response to climate chan...

Use your influence at this month's Royal Charter EGM

With the crucial vote to progress IEMA's journey towards chartership less than two weeks away, members are powering up to influence the biggest-ever ...

Shades of green: financial standards

Deciding whether a project is environmentally friendly can be tricky, but an initiative on green financial standards could facilitate the process, wri...

Quickfire quiz: Tony Juniper CBE

WWF’s executive director for advocacy and campaigns talks exclusively to TRANSFORM about protecting biodiversity and environmental awareness in societ...

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