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EA derails super dairy

William Neville, of Burges Salmon, the Bristol-based law firm laments the Environment Agency's objections to a super dairy.

Depletion of water resources more serious than oil reserves

The depletion of underground water resources through overpumping is a far more serious issue than the depletion of oil reserves, the head of an environmental think-tank has warned.

APS Salads with its Wight Salads site in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight has moved from hybrid lighting to 100% LEDs, which has improved the consistency of its tomato crops

Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs

Two of Britain's biggest tomato growers are now benefiting from a transition to horticultural LED lighting, which is increasing yields and significantly reducing energy usage for both businesses.

An effective response to the significant and growing risk of drought in England and Wales is possible if concerted action is taken now, Water UK says

UK businesses face increasing risk of drought, warns water sector

Companies are being called upon to ramp up water efficiency measures, share best practices and water consumption and open up new communication streams surrounding water conservation after a new report commissioned by water companies revealed the growing risk of drought facing the UK.

The pledge from the Government to future proof funding streams will ensure the UK can still innovate, even if it loses access to the €80bn Horizon 2020 pot

Treasury to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects beyond EU membership

The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.

National Trust already manages its land for the benefit of nature rather than for food production. Renewables, flood protection services and eco-tourism could pay more than subsidies

National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies

The National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.

Governments have grown increasingly concerned about the threat to water supply because of a combination of climate change and increasing demand

Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns

Water shortages will deliver a "severe hit" to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

The Scottish Government invests almost £50m a year in research into crop science, animal health and welfare, human health and wellbeing

Scotland ploughs £50m into food security and climate research

The Scottish Government has announced it will be investing £48m for innovative scientific research in the agriculture and environmental sectors in an effort to strengthen global challenges such as food security and climate change.

The new partnership will focus on two commodity supply chains - Soy in Paraguay and palm oil in Indonesia

Cargill partners with WRI to tackle supply chain deforestation and water risk

International agri-foods business Cargill has forged a new partnership with global research organisation World Resources Institute (WRI) to improve the sustainability of its supply chain, with a particular focus on deforestation and water risk.

Sedex and the SAI will collaborate to develop the platform and enhance the data collection services that they can provide to members

Data collection for agricultural supply chains set for streamlined upgrade

A host of big brand food producers including Mondelez, PepsiCo and Marks & Spencer will have their agricultural supply chain data collection and management streamlined through a new platform partnership between Sedex and the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI).

Brimming with 39 commitments the Nestlé in Society CSR report is as much a behemoth of sustainability pledges as it is a beacon of business best practice

No breaks for Nestlé in its relentless pursuit of global supply chain sustainability

If you're one of the thousands of people across the globe heeding Nestlé's advice to 'have a break, have a KitKat' this lunchtime, it might be worth taking an additional moment to consider exactly how the world's largest food company is working to ensure its snacks are sustainably and ethically produced.

While consumers could reduce their intake of beef and dairy products, the researchers also advise farmers to make the agricultural production more effective

Study: Reducing meat and dairy consumption required to meet climate goals

Europeans need to eat less beef and consume less dairy products in order to reach the EU's climate goals, according to a new study by Swedish researchers.

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US Navy launches first biofuel-powered ship

The first ever US Navy ship to run on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations, has been deployed from California.

The hydroponics system uses 70% less water than traditional open-field farming

Can underground herb gardens boost Britain's food security?

A hydroponic herb garden beneath the streets of Clapham could provide an agricultural model for Britain to save valuable resources and boost food security, London catering firm Vacherin has claimed.

Truss announced that Defra is reshaping itself to help Britain be a global leader in farming

Re-shaped Defra vows to make Britain a global leader in farming

Environment Secretary Liz Truss has today (6 January) vowed to make Britain a global leader in sustainable farming by announcing improved flood defences, increased agricultural investment and greater risk-response capabilities as part of a shake-up for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Coca-Cola and Pepsi will both be in Paris next week to host and participate in numerous forums

Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris

With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.

One goal calls for a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2020

DuPont to invest $10bn in sustainable food R&D

American chemical giant DuPont has unveiled a new set of sustainability targets for 2020 including a $10bn investment in international food security, commitments to sustainable innovation and a reduction of its own environmental footprint.

Data-enabled technology presents one of the greatest opportunities for the food system since the Green Revolution, said the report

Data-powered farming needed to feed booming population, says WRAP

Data-enabled technology, new consumer eating habits and reducing waste will all prove vital in ensuring the UK has a sustainable supply of protein over the next 10 years, according to new research from WRAP.

Water is a forgotten factor of production...the primary challenge is therefore to make the forgotten unforgettable

Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity

Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.

Michael Dickstein says the planet's climate and resource challenges are now so vast that no one company or organisation can solve them alone

Heineken: Green partnerships only way to tackle planet's problems

EXCLUSIVE: Partnerships are the 'new age of sustainability', according to the director of global sustainable development at Heineken.

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

General Mills made a commitment to sustainability, in 2013, to source its 10 priority ingredients from sustainable sources

Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%

US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.

Diageo said its water efficiency increased by 10.4%

Diageo saves almost 3 billion litres of water

Diageo has improved its water efficiency by more than 10% in the past year, according to the drinks giant's latest sustainability report.

Mayor Garcetti releases the final balls onto Los Angeles reservoir

'Shade balls' to save drought-stricken Los Angeles 300 million gallons of water

Los Angeles is using millions of 'shade balls' to prevent water loss during California's worst drought in recorded history.

Innocent has carried out several projects in partnership with farmers and local universities to find new efficient agricultural processes, which it then shares across the supply chain

Innocent drinks: Sustainability is now a business imperative

EXCLUSIVE: We are moving from a point in time where companies do sustainability because it's the 'right thing to do', to a point it is essential to the bottom line.

The Soil Association claims maize produced for AD is destroying arable land

Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.

The researchers hope to cut greenhouse gas emissions and find better farming practices

Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock

Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.

Milk processors will commit to ensuring biodiversity around their sites

UK dairy industry commits to enhancing biodiversity

British dairy processors have pledged to enhance biodiversity on processing sites, the trade association has announced.

Rabobank says innovation would be most effective when applied to harvesting and handling crops, packaging food and monitoring fresh produce

Wasteful supply chains cost European food industry £7bn a year

Companies in the European food and agriculture (F&A) industry could save more than £7bn by adopting new food-waste strategies.

The North Sea is one of the most industrialised seas in the world, with drilling rigs and offshore wind turbines alongside the more traditional shipping and fishing activities.

North Sea economy and ecology at risk without UK Government action

The UK Government must act now to prevent the degradation of economic opportunities and natural ecosystems in the North Sea, a House of Lords report warned on Tuesday.

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UK must have power to decide on GM crops, say MPs

GM crops are an indispensable tool in the fight against global hunger and the UK should retain ultimate power to decide on the technology, MP's have claimed.

Liz Truss, Britain's secretary of state for environment food and rural affairs

Minister's claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false

British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK's environment secretary, documents from her own department reveal.

Alejandro Litovsky:

Collaborate or lose money: New report warns of global sustainability pressures on big business

Resource pressures in global commodity markets will derail the business goals of multinational corporations unless they start to collaborate with local stakeholders.

Bioenergy is the use of recently living plants for energy

Dedicating land to bioenergy won't curb climate change, says WRI

Do not grow crops for energy instead of food. That is the message of a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which claims that dedicating crops to generating bioenergy is too inefficient to solve energy crises and makes it harder to sustainably feed the planet.

The new law, which comes into force this spring, will allow states to cultivate GM crops that have already been approved by the EU

GM crops to be fast-tracked in UK following EU vote

GM crops look set to be brought to the UK market speedily after MEPs approve new legislation allowing countries to choose whether to grow the crops, in a rubber-stamping vote on Tuesday (13 January).

Each person consumes between 2,000-5,000 litres of water embedded in their food

Food and drink firms 'must improve efficiency' to protect dwindling water supply

The food and drink industry must curtail the amount of water used in production to avoid two thirds of the world's population living in 'water-scarce' areas by 2050.

The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon, is built on low-grade farmland used for grazing sheep

UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire.

Without careful planning for uncertain climate impacts, the chances of getting adaptation wrong are high

Sustainable agriculture: Urgent action needed to adapt to climate change, report finds

Agricultural systems will need to transform significantly in order to adapt to climate change, according to a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is focused on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production

Corporate giants set sustainable agriculture goals

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that its member companies - including Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble - have committed to drive sustainable agriculture in the US with six new environmental pledges.

Undergraduates have a chance to get a £5,000 bursary towards their studies under ReFood's scholarship programme.

ReFood unveils industry-first food waste scholarship

Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry's first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.

By 2050, the Earth will be home to nine billion people and food production will have to increase by 70%

Sustainable food systems: Alternative recipes to feed the 9 billion

With food security riding high on policymakers' agenda in the wake of the global food crisis, edie has come across some of the more alternative methods of feeding an estimated nine billion people, including seaweed farms, cockroaches, drones and 3D printers...

Rapid population growth and rising quality of life, along with increasing demand for food and energy has led to far greater levels of stress on limited groundwater resources

Global free-for-all has 'water bank' running dry

An incendiary report from a NASA scientist which warns that the world's water supplies are rapidly dwindling has sparked calls for changes to UK water policy

To feed the earths burgeoning populations, more food must be produced over the next 40 years than in the last 6,000 years combined.

£5m boost for sustainable food innovations

UK businesses and universities will receive £5m funding to help them solve some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges such as food security and sustainability.

Sheep have become an essential part of many solar energy farms, and the panels even provide shelter for the animals

Are solar farms really hitting British food production?

Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farm's subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.

The new plans will mean that farmers using fields for solar panels will lose subsidy payments for that land

Government scraps solar subsidies for farmers

Solar farms on agricultural land could soon be a thing of the past following an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) that farmers will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar panels.

The Responsibly Grown system labels fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers as 'good,' 'better' or 'best' to help shoppers make more informed choices

Good, better, best: Whole Foods launches rating system for environmental impact of produce

Whole Foods Market has introduced the Responsibly Grown produce rating system which assesses the impact of farming practices on the environment and human health.

The impact of the solar farm's construction has been minimised through the implementation of various green initiatives

Solarcentury to build 'UK's most environmentally-friendly solar farm'

Composting toilets, biodiesel generators and a car sharing scheme for staff will all be features of a new 48MW solar farm which developers say will set the 'highest environmental standards ever for a ground-mounted solar installation'.

The destruction of the world's rainforests is one of the largest causes of CO2 emissions

Governments and business leaders unite to end deforestation

A public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples have pledged to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020 and eradicate the issue completely by 2030.

Solar farms are often used for the grazing of sheep and can be particularly suited to the fattening of young, hill-bred lambs

Solar energy offers 'lifeline' for struggling farmers

More and more British farmers are combining their sheep, chickens and other poultry with rows of solar panels and producing a double output of food and home-grown energy, according to a new report.

The £167m plant converts baled corn cobs, leaves and stalks into renewable fuel

First commercial-scale biofuel plant opens in US

The USA's first commercial-scale biofuel plant is now open and will eventually produce more than 110 million litres of fuel a year from corn waste.

Heineken wants to source 60% of its agri-raw materials from Africa by 2020

Brewing a better future: Heineken highlights benefits of local sourcing

Dutch brewing company Heineken has stepped up its commitment to source the majority of its agricultural raw materials from Africa in a bid to boost crop yield and cash income for smallholder farms across the continent.

PepsiCo plans to create a new Tropicana-branded soft drink cashew apples - usually wasted in the production of cashew nuts

PepsiCo set to launch soft drink made from cashew fruit waste

PepsiCo plans to create a new soft drink using what has traditionally been an agricultural waste product - juice obtained from cashew apples.

Un will host a summit on climate change at its headquarters in New York

Business leaders to announce new plans to tackle climate change at UN event

Political figureheads will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a climate summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon next month.

H&M increased its use of organic cotton last year by 29%, reducing the use of harmful pesticides in its supply chain. pic: Martin Good/

H&M leads the field in sustainable cotton use

H&M has topped the list of the world's biggest users of certified organic cotton, according to the Textile Exchange's latest report.

Walmart is increasingly looking to engage with its suppliers to drive sustainability initiatives such as Field to Market

Walmart and General Mills join forces to harvest more sustainable crops

General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch has revealed how his company is working with Walmart to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture down the supply chain.

IKEA has already increased the use of sustainably sourced cotton in its products to 72%, up from 34% in 2012

IKEA sets sights on making sustainable cotton affordable for all

IKEA is aiming to secure 100% cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015 as it looks to broaden its impact and make sustainable cotton a mainstream commodity.

The report indicates that the UK's supply of essential materials such as coking coal is concentrated

Growing risk to material supply as UK approaches 'end of an era'

The Government is being urged to act now over escalating risks to the supply of essential manufacturing materials.

Brabeck-Letmathe says the huge amount of food lost or wasted globally contributes significantly to water overuse

Nestlé chairman urges 'wasteful' supply chains to tackle food and water losses

Nestlé Group chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has called for more action to be taken to reduce supply chain food waste, arguing it would also help address issues around water shortages.

The two organisations are seeking to address fears that future water shortages could lead growing to local and regional tensions

'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security

The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.

There are ongoing negotiations to implement the ETV scheme in a number of other EU member states

EU Commission gives environmental technologies the green light with new verification scheme

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), a new scheme to promote innovative green technologies, has been launched in the UK by the European Commission.

Nestlé's executive vice president Nandu Nandkishore says water will become the most precious commodity in the world

Nestlé ranks people alongside water as a growing 'scarce resource'

One of Nestlé's senior representatives has highlighted the rising threat of unsustainable water use and its potentially devastating effects on global food security over the next 40 years.

One major issue for public debate is the future of agriculture, which causes 9% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions

UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation

It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser

Water limits for corn production are likely to be exacerbated as climate change alters global precipitation patterns

Food and biofuels likely to be hit by rising water risks to corn supplies

High water stress is jeopardising one-third of the world's corn crop, sparking food and biofuel security fears within the agricultural industry and related supply chains.

This new report was produced by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel

Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP

The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Monsanto expects it's water efficiency measures to save 135-360 billion litres of water per year by 2020

Monsanto targets smarter irrigation to drive 25% water use reduction by 2020

Agricultural giant Monsanto has pledged to increase irrigation water efficiency across its global seed production operations by 25% by 2020 and will report on its progress in meeting this goal.

Peter Knight is Chairman of The Context Group

Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'

In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.

Current EU legislation requires all food to carry a best before date

EU moves to scrap 'best before' labels in bid to cut food waste

A group of European Union states led by the Netherlands and Sweden are calling on the European Commission to scrap 'best before' labels on a host of long life products in a bid to cut down on food waste.

Oxfam singled out Kellogg and General Mills as two of the worst on climate change policies

Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'

Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.

Business Secretary Vince Cable praises the Green Investment Bank for making investment in new plant

Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant

Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.

Waitrose aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by producing renewable fertiliser

Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser

Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.

Why water issues are now commercially important

Water is essential for life, but many businesses still fail to recognise the commercial importance of this vital resource. Darran Messem explains why businesses must take note.

The IPCC report says climate change impacts are occurring from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the wealthiest countries to the poorest

IPCC report: Climate change impacts occurring from the tropics to the poles

The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report.

Business priority weighs more on reducing carbon emissions than water consumption

Will water scarcity ever challenge carbon emissions as a business priority?

When it comes to exposure and coverage, carbon emissions reign supreme. But is it time water security became the central environmental issue? Leigh Stringer investigates

The UN says ecosystem services from tropical forests is estimated at an average of $6,120 per hectare each year.

UN report: Investment in forest conservation will accelerate sustainable growth

Sustainable economic growth can be accelerated by investing $30bn per year in tropical forest conservation, according to a new UN report.

The Governments energy generation plans could make water shortages a bigger issue

Water shortages will put UK energy security 'in danger' say researchers

UK policymakers are being called on to give greater consideration to the electricity sector's 'water footprint', as water shortages are likely to impact energy generation in the future.

Report: Intensive meat production devouring land and raw materials

The current industrialised meat and dairy production system is "untenable" and needs a radical rethink to reduce its impact on the environment, according to a new report.

Water rises to top as 'most urgent' sustainability challenge

Water scarcity, climate change and poverty are now society's most urgent challenges according to hundreds of sustainability experts across the world.

Plugging the future food gap relies heavily on slashing waste

Tackling food waste successfully will be critical to meet the world's growing food needs as new research proposes that the planet will need 70% more food to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050.

House of Lords evidence session targets economic value of waste

A House of Lords committee is meeting today to explore the opportunities of creating a multi-million pound economy from waste products across agriculture, industry and households.

The new Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) will drive consistency in the application of GHG emissions calculations by

Coffee industry launches new GHG calculating methodology

Global coffee companies Lavazza, Nestle and illycaffe are amongst a group of organisations to launch a new methodology to calculate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production.

Compared with results from last year's report, 20% of the Government's commitments have

PM not delivering on environmental commitments report warns

The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, finds a new report.

Farming sector: 'time to pull plug on water waste'

Government policy must be shaped to enable farmers to better capture water "during times of plenty" to help the industry produce more food during shortages, says the NFU.

Coca-Cola closes in on creating plant-based packaging from bio-waste

Coca-Cola is on the cusp of transforming agricultural waste into polyester plastic to generate a more sustainable ingredient for its PlantBottle packaging.

European Parliament votes for controversial biofuel cap

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has today voted in favour of legislation to cap the percentage of biofuels in European renewable energy transport targets at 5.5%.

European Parliament urged to vote against 'unfair' biofuel cap

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on the European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) to vote against proposals to reduce EU renewable transport targets this Thursday.

EEA calls into question 'carbon neutral' biomass

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has said that the production of bioenergy is not always carbon neutral and must follow EU resource efficiency principles, but experts say more research is needed.

Demand grows for global targets to slash food waste

A global standard to measure and report on the amount of food wasted across the world is being called for as World Environment Day gets underway.

Businesses asked how EU environment policies impact the UK

Defra and DECC have launched a consultation asking businesses and organisations whether being a part of the EU helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change.

Sustainability must go mainstream: Interview with Peter Bakker

Business cannot succeed in a society that fails - that is the personal mantra of Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He takes time out to tell Zeljka Davis why

House of Lords sounds alarm over EU low carbon investment uncertainty

A clearer EU policy is needed to unlock investment in secure, affordable and low carbon energy, according to a report released today by the House of Lords.

Ireland set to fall short of EU 2020 emissions target

Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario, according to figures released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.

Population growth is a major consideration in developing the 'smart city'

Resource efficiency is key to the evolution of the 'smart city'

The evolution of the 'smart city' will require a new way of providing infrastructure and utilities to a growing population as well as a major uptake in resource efficiency, finds Leigh Stringer.

Unilever ahead of target on sustainable sourcing

Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, exceeding the interim milestone of 30% it set itself in 2010 under its Sustainable Living Plan.

World's first sustainable sourcing guide launched for agricultural raw materials

Seven global organisations have launched the world's first practitioner's guide to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials, which aims to help protect crops and the global water supply.

UN rallies to combat global drought

Four UN institutions have launched a project aimed at increasing water capacities and developing risk based water management policies to tackle drought around the world.

Paul Bulcke says water scarcity now poses threat to survival

Nestlé chief: water shortages could spark global food crisis by 2030

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke has warned that water scarcity will be the cause of massive food shortages within the next 15 to 20 years unless decisive action is taken.

Nestlé boss adds waste to list of supply chain risk factors

Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has identified wasteful agriculture practices as a "major challenge" to tackle within its global supply chain as it looks to ramp up production levels.

Global coalition pledges to cut emissions in oil and gas sector

More than a dozen Ministers from countries around the world have released a statement calling for faster action in reducing venting, leakage, and flaring of natural gas from oil and gas operations.

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