Fix up, look sharp: here’s your quick-fire guide to the climate change movings and happenings you might have missed last week.
1. The Welsh are the second best recyclers in the world
While England’s recycling efforts came it at twelfth – behind South Korea, Slovenia and Belgium – Wales have steamed ahead, according to a report from environmental analysts Eunomia.
The country, which was pipped to first place by Germany, has grand plans to be zero waste by 2050.
2. China bans plastic waste imports
Two thirds of the UK’s plastic exports need to go elsewhere, after China announced plans to ban plastic waste imports in early 2018.
We’ve shipped more than 2.7m tonnes of plastic scrap to China and Hong Kong since 2012 – meaning that the UK’s recycling operation is going to have to radically change or face ‘crisis’, according to experts.
3. Beer could be the fuel of the future
Academics at the University of Bristol are working towards converting the ethanol in fermented alcohol (such as beer) into butanol, which would be used as a petrol alternative.
4. The US, China and India reject a UN resolution on plastic pollution
An agreement that would have called for specific targets to reduce plastic waste in the oceans has been blocked by India, China and the US.
While all countries concurred that plastics need to stop entering the ocean, the final resolution is not legally binding and doesn’t include specific timeframes.
Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR), a UK-based investor initiative, have released new research arguing that a ‘sin tax’ on meat would help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock consumption.