Weekly Environmental news update January 2020
Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days
We are coming into the end of January and here is our E.C.O. roundup for the week.
NHS to reach net zero with plea for staff to help
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) have asked their staff to help them reduce carbon emissions and air pollution by driving less and using reusable cups. They plan to switch to less polluting anaesthetic gasses and review emissions from their buildings and hospitals.
The NHS has stated it is responsible for 4-5% of the UK’s carbon footprint. They employ 1.3 million staff. Thee conditions which contribute to 36,000 deaths per year – heart disease, stokes and lung cancer are all said to be partially caused by air pollution.
Australian bush fires have caused global CO2 level to be at record high
The UK’s Met Office have blamed a fifth of the increase in CO2 levels in 2020 to be directly caused by wild fires. The Level of CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to increase 2.71 parts per million from last year.
This is also caused by the reduced amount of vegetation left after wildfires burn vegetation which would have been able to act as a ‘sink’ for some of the CO2 throughout the year.
Groundbreaking gas grid trial could reduce carbon emissions
The Keele University in the UK has used a blend of hydrogen and natural gas to heat 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings. When hydrogen is burned it produces heat and water rather than carbon dioxide.
The Guardian have said ‘Rolling the 20% hydrogen blend out across the country could save about 6m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, the equivalent of taking 2.5m cars off the road.’
Formula 1 aims to be carbon neutral by 2030
F1’s first sustainability plan was declared last year with a huge task to reach carbon neutrality in 2030. They have said their cars are among the most fuel efficient on the planet, the real problem is the races themselves.
Cars, equipment and people are shipped around the globe in mass, as well as over 500 million fans travelling to watch races live. In 2019, the sport’s 10 teams each notched up an average of 110,000 air miles says BBC news. The plan is not said to cover the fans carbon footprint.
Grace has quit the 9-5 lifestyle in London to study marine conservation in Thailand. She will subsequently work as a scuba diving instructor with emphasis on teaching students about marine conservation and anthropogenic impacts to our oceans. Her favourite eco product is Oliva Olive Oil Soap.