Extremely fast winds and high waves are now happening more often – New Scientist
A study from the University of Melbourne has revealed ocean conditions have become more extreme over the past three decades. Southern Ocean wind-speeds have increased by an average of 8 per cent, while extreme waves are 5 per cent more common. There could be knock-on effects stretching much further north, as beaches and ice sheets could be disrupted by the harsher weather.
Puerto Rico renewable energy goal: 100 percent clean energy by 2050 – Vox
It took 18 months for power to be fully restored in the US protectorate. After months of being ignored, abused and discounted by Trump's administration, the territory has taken matters into its own hands to secure its energy. The island plans to run 100% renewable by 2050, 40% within 5 years and ditch coal completely by '28. There are concerns about whether this will be achievable, not least because the existing grid hasn't been properly repaired after the destruction of hurricane Maria and the local energy supplier is effectively bankrupt.
Tonik Energy: Sunderland is the best place to charge your EV
Research from renewable energy firm Tonik Energy suggests Sunderland is the best place to own an EV, while Portsmouth is the worse. The findings are based on data from Zap-map and looked at the number of publicly available charging points per licensed driver. Access to public charging points is potentially a deciding factor in buying an electric car as not all homes and flats have dedicated parking spaces.
PepsiCo India sues farmers for growing potatoes it uses in Lays chips – CNN
A legal storm is brewing in India over "food sovereignty". PepsiCo is suing local farmers for growing a variety of potato it owns a trademark on. The company has invested heavily in India, working with local farmers to grow protected crops and those being sued are not in this cohort. With an national election underway, the issue is gaining traction, with Farming associations and activists pointing to this as an example of how US businesses in particular is unfairly undermining farmers' rights.
‘Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable’ – BBC News
A panel of 600 scientists have written to Science, demanding the EU makes sustainability a factor in its upcoming trade negotiations. Brazil's rainforests and grasslands remain under threat, in spite of decades of campaigning, as they're cleared to support Brazil's expanding cattle herds. The scientists want reassurances and environmental protections built into any deal secured with the South American country.
Maiden voyage of boat made of recycled plastic at Salford Quays – About Manchester
A boat made from recycled plastic will soon start a UK-wide tour to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the UK's waterways. Offering "plastic fishing trips", the boat's supporters hope it will encourage people to take a more active interest in plastic pollution. The boat is the first of its kind to launch outside London and was built by Hubbub using funds from Starbucks' 5p charge on coffee cups.
Proposals to help communities target zero carbon announced – Cambridge Network
Community groups will be able to apply for grants to help fund zero-carbon projects if new proposals are passed next week. The move is part of a South Cambridgeshire commitment to reduce CO2 to zero across the district and will make available £90,000 to award. At a time when local authorities are cash strapped and finding it difficult to fund basic services, it's encouraging to find one willing to put its money where its mouth is when dealing with climate change.