Sustainability

No more plastic tax in Israel despite environment improvements

Flak it: Israel eliminates its plastic tax despite environmental improvements

Israel’s newly elected hard-right government announced on Sunday that it has repealed a tax that had been in place for a year and had greatly decreased the usage of single-use plastic plates and utensils. The decision followed resistance to the charge from religious groups who claimed it unfairly targeted their communities. This decision appears to …

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Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the UN

Deputy UN chief: Sustainable development is the only path to lasting peace

Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the UN, stated on Thursday that the only path to lasting peace is via sustainable development. The path to enduring peace, to the peace that withstands the crises of our time, is the only one, she stressed. Mohammed spoke during a UN Security Council open discussion on investing in …

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Debt-for-nature deal for Cape Verde climate problems

Portugal consents to debt-for-nature deal for Cape Verde’s debt

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Monday that his country has reached a debt-for-nature deal with Costa Verde. Portugal will exchange its debt with the archipelago nation off the coast of West Africa for investments in an environmental and climate fund. These “debt-for-nature” swap arrangements are becoming more common in other nations as part …

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UK failed with its environmental protection plan

Environment watchdog: UK government’s environmental protection plan is completely inadequate

The UK government has failed miserably to carry out its 25-year environmental protection plan to repair the environment. This is according to the country’s nature protection agency, which highlighted, in particular, a persistent drop in the abundance of important plant and animal species on Thursday. The government released targets in a wide range of areas …

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Steel recycling company is No.1 sustainable business in the world

Steel recycler defeats wind firm to become the most sustainable business in the world

Which business is the most sustainable in the world? Surprisingly, research company Corporate Knights claim that Schnitzer Steel Industries, a U.S. waste steel recycler, is the number one. Schnitzer Steel Industries has dethroned wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind from the top rank. Based in Portland, Oregon Schnitzer Steel led the 2023 Global 100, a ranking …

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Electric vehicles rental available though Hertz for Uber drivers

Hertz will rent 25,000 electric vehicles to Uber drivers throughout Europe

By 2025, Hertz, a car rental company, will offer up to 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) for rent to Uber drivers in European capital cities, the two companies announced on Tuesday. Starting this month in London, Hertz will begin rolling out the rental agreement, which will include vehicles from Tesla and Polestar. By 2025, Uber drivers …

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Many single-use plastic products to be banned in England

England will prohibit many single-use plastic products from October

A variety of single-use plastic goods, including cutlery, plates, and bowls, are subject to the newest ban in England starting in October in an effort to reduce the country’s increasing plastic pollution. The government announced these measures to the British Environment Department this Saturday. The government held a public survey, and 95% of respondents favored …

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Environmentalists sue Danone over the plastic use

Environmentalists accuse Danone: We love your yogurt but not your plastic

Environmental organizations Surfrider, Client Earth, and Zero Waste France have filed a lawsuit against French company Danone, alleging that the firm has failed to adequately account for all the plastic used during its manufacturing cycles. Danone, the largest yogurt manufacturer in the world and producer of the popular Evian mineral water brand, has denied the …

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sustainable agriculture

UK will provide more public funds for green farming initiatives 

The British government said farmers in England would receive more government payments for green farming, i.e. preserving the environment and producing food more sustainably. More farmers are intended to enroll in new environmental land management programs as a result of the increase in payment rates (ELMS). The ELMS is intended to replace the Common Agricultural …

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