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World Green Building Week: 11 of the best innovations for a better built environment

To mark World Green Buildings Week (20-24 September) edie and its new content partner Springwise have rounded-up some of the most innovative solutions available that are helping to improve sustainability across the built environment sector.

Pictured: Flooded fields in Atcham, Shropshire

Is UK Plc ignoring climate resilience on the road to net-zero?

Last month's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provided a stark warning - that all parts of the world will be affected by physical climate impacts already 'baked in', even if we reach net-zero. So, is the UK's business community doing enough to improve climate resiliency?

An extra £250m will be spent on flood and coastal defences compared to last year, which the Government claims is the higher ever annual investment

Government outlines £5.2bn flood defence spending plans

The Government has today (29 July) outlined how £5.2bn will be spent over the next six years to improve the nation's resiliency against flooding, following the weather-related events that occurred in places such as London this week.

Cotton has a market value of $12bn and accounts for 31% of raw materials used in the textile market

Global cotton-growing regions facing increased exposure to climate risks

Global cotton production is vastly unprepared for the looming climate crisis, with more than half of the world's growing regions set to be exposed to water scarcity and extreme weather events that will disrupt the market.

Humans are responsible for at least 75% of all wildfires, the report highlights

Climate change and agriculture driving record levels of deforestation, WWF report finds

Climate change and agriculture are fueling record levels of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with fires in the area 33% higher over that last 12 months than the previous year.

McCain is also supporting British potato growers from the impacts of Covid-19

McCain to invest £25m to support sustainable farming

The UK's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain, has today (12 August) launched a new £25m investment to support British potato farmers during the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging sustainable growing practices.

According to the survey, 10% of the public consider water consumption a key environmental consideration

'Great British Rain Paradox': Public unaware of UK's water scarcity

The risks of climate change and population growth on water scarcity in the UK remain hidden, with a new survey of 2,000 Brits revealing that water consumption is low down on the priority agenda for environmental concerns.

The projects will receive funding and assistance to develop business plans with the aim of attracting additional private sector investment

Defra backs natural capital investment projects

Four projects focused on protecting and restoring natural habitat across the UK are being backed by Government funding as part of a pilot scheme to funnel more private sector investment into the natural environment.

Coronavirus lockdowns have seen national energy demand fall by 15% for the month of April.

Coronavirus lockdown: UK hits coal-free month

The UK has gone more than 30 days without relying on coal for power, with gas, nuclear and renewables providing enough demand during a period of lower energy demand because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The four weeks of April has seen coal account for less than 1% of electricity generation

UK sets new record for coal-free generation

The UK has this morning broken its existing record for coal-free power generation, surpassing 18 consecutive days and counting.

The peak record in solar generation also contributed to the UK’s longest coal-free period in 2020 so far

UK smashes solar generation record

Solar use in the UK broke an all-time peak generation record on Monday (20 April), accounting for almost 30% of UK electricity demand, with the UK also operating for more than 11 consecutive days without coal.

EnAppSys does state that the trend is likely to be a “temporary high”

Renewables eclipse other power sources in Great Britain for first quarter of 2020

New data has revealed that renewables accounted for more electricity than any other power source in Great Britain for the first quarter of 2020, as blustery winds spurred renewables generation to 45% of the entire electricity mix.

Damage caused by the River Don in Sheffield, Yorkshire, which burst its banks in November due to flooding

Are businesses ignoring climate resilience on the net-zero journey?

From the flooding caused by Storm Dennis in the UK to the wildfires that have plagued Australia, the damage caused by climate change is becoming more tangible and frightfully frequent. But is the business response of pledging to deliver net-zero emissions enough?

The Met Office's current Cray computers (pictured) will be phased out from 2022. Image: Met Office. 

Government unveils plans for £1.2bn climate 'supercomputer'

The Government has promised to strengthen the UK's resilience to flooding and drought by investing £1.2 billion in the world's most advanced weather and climate forecaster.

The new PHE data was released today (8 January 2020). Image: l.bailey_beverley, CC-BY-2.0

Heatwaves in 2019 led to almost 900 extra deaths in England

The summer heatwaves of 2019 resulted in almost 900 extra deaths, according to statistical analysis from Public Health England.

The investment would help less industrialised nations reduce collective emissions by more than 4% below 2010 levels by 2030

UK urged to commit £20bn as 'fair share' of climate adaptation investment

UK thinktank IPPR has called for the UK to provide £20bn to a UN climate fund to account for the nation's "fair share" of ecological degradation and climate change speed-up.

Flooding has caused havoc across the UK over the last few months

Flooding and coastal damages risking £12bn to UK economy

Rising sea levels, storms and flooding driven by climate change has placed more than £12bn of the UK's economy at risk, according to new findings from WWF which warns that almost 2.5 million homes in the UK will be at risk of flooding by 2050.

 The statement sets out several ‘vital signs’ - indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of 'untold suffering'

Humanity faces "untold suffering due to the climate crisis" unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

Fairytales, Thunberg and why business as usual is very worried about climate activism

Greta Thunberg's provoking speech on the pursuit of an economic "fairytale" at the expense of the planet has sparked inspiration, admiration and irritation across the globe. But the fact that she has so many detractors means that change is coming.

The report predicts that the value of European agriculture could fall 16% in 30 years due to drought and higher rainfall

Benefits to farmers of global heating outweighed by losses, says report

Any advantages to European agriculture from a warming world will be outweighed by the losses from extreme events and environmental stress, leading to a probable large economic loss for farming in the next 30 years, research on the impacts of the climate crisis has found.

Coal Power Station, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

'Adaptation alone will not be enough': Climate change to shrink global GDP by 7% by 2100

A "business-as-usual" approach to climate mitigation and carbon emissions will see 7% of global GDP disappear by 2100, with the UK down's economy down 4%, according to a new report predicting that all nations will be hit by climate change impacts.

The city region believes it is the first to work in a collaborative way with a national planning body on the issue

UK's first local climate resilience planning policy set for Liverpool City Region

Plans are being put together to develop a climate resilience policy across the Liverpool City Region in what is claimed to be the first initiative of its kind in the UK.

More than 13% of the UK's working population now work remotely either full or part-time, according to the Office for National Statistics

Sustainable snow days: How remote working can reduce environmental impacts for business

As the first snow of 2019 starts to fall across large parts of the UK, many of us will be working from home more than usual. With this in mind, edie outlines how remote working is can help businesses reduce their carbon, energy and waste footprints.

In action: Tower Hamlets Council's low-carbon district heating system

A 25-year Joint Venture between Tower Hamlets Council and EDF Energy led to the creation of a low-carbon district heating system that has generated carbon savings, reduced energy costs and conserved a Heritage building at the heart of the refurbishment.

Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely - Met Office

The sweltering heat that hit the UK this summer was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change, a Met Office analysis has found.


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