Weekly Environmental news update January 2020
Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days
This week has seen mixed environmental news from talk of new coal mines being build in Australia to David Attenborough’s new documentary being confirmed to hit cinemas in April.
The last decade has been confirmed as the warmest on record
Three global agencies (Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office) have confirmed that the last 10 years have been the warmest on record.
As you remember the sweltering heat of last summer it will come as no surprise to you that last year was the second warmest year in records dating back to 1850. The warmest year yet however was in 2016. Last year new temperature records were set in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and the UK.
The Met Office have said that after 2019 reached 1.05C above the average, 2020 is likely to continue to get warmer.
Asda plans to close all of its meat and fish counters
The supermarket giant is closing their store meat and fish counters to replace them with ‘Food For Now’ counters. It was trialed by a small number of stores before the decision was made to roll it out across further stores. The reasoning behind the change was to adhere to customers needs better.
This decision was made by Asda following Tesco’s announcement of the removal of their removal of meat and fish counters last year.
The government plans to help Flybe by cutting air passenger duty
While the UK government declared that their goal was to reach net zero emissions by 2050, their actions speak otherwise. They have planned to cut air passenger duty from domestic flights in order to save Flybe.
Air passenger duty is a sum of money, based on the length of the flight and size of the plane among other factors, that is charged to the consumer. It was estimated that in the last year Air Passenger Duty raised £3.7bn.
While you might assume that the money collected goes to environmental projects sadly it isn’t and instead it’s put into a general pot in the Treasury. Sadly the potential discouragement of flying by high priced tickets might become a thing of the past.
Accessorize have launched a new vegan bag range
Accessorize, who have 181 stores across UK, have announced that they are launching a line of vegan bags which are available to buy online. The new range is made up of 10 bags in variations of colour and style.
The high street company have made the bags accessible to buy with the maximum sales price of £42. The bags are free from animal products and are registered with The Vegan Society. The full range of bags are available on their website.
Lauren works for a public health charity, has been vegetarian for 11 years (newly vegan last year) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.