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Weekly Environmental news update December 2019

Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days

In a week that has seen Black Friday hit bigger than ever and Bolsonaro claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio gave cash to set Amazon on fire we also have some mixed ECO news.

The European parliament declares climate emergency
It has declared a climate and environmental emergency and has asked all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.MEPs backed a tougher target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, an improvement on the current 40% target. The EU currently aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 against 1990 levels. The Brexit party voted against both climate resolutions.

Morrisons to sell food boxes worth £10 for £3 to tackle food waste
From next week Morrisons will begin selling food beyond their best before date in a box at discounted rate.
The discount box scheme will be available on the app Too Good To Go and customers will not know what’s in the box until collection.The supermarket believe that within the first year of the scheme it will save 882 tonnes of CO2 and make food available to customers on a budget.

1.5 billion bags for life sold in the UK
Research shows that on average 54 bags for life are bought per household each year. Research shows that bag for life sales were cut by 90% in the Republic of Ireland by setting higher prices of 70 cents and as a result campaigners are calling for a rise in price or a ban on plastic bags.Bags for life must be used four times to be better for the environment but this isn’t always the case.

Deer found with 7kg of plastic in its stomach
A wild deer living in northern Thailand has been found dead having ingested 7kg of plastic. Among the things found inside the deer were male underwear, plastic bags, instant coffee sachets, rubber gloves, a small towel, and parts of plastic rope. It had been said that the plastic was a contributor to the deer’s death.Thailand have a problem with plastic bag usage, Greenpeace says that 75 billion pieces of plastic bags are thrown away in Thailand every year.

Lauren works for a public health charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan this year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.

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