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  • The Importance of Community Gardens for a Sustainable Future

    By on April 6, 2022

    Community gardens have existed in the UK for hundreds of years. These incredible green spaces have strengthened the resilience of local communities to shocks such as the Second World War, where community allotments played a key role in improving food security by providing affordable fresh fruit and vegetables. From the late 1960s, a contemporary community gardening movement surfaced with a

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  • Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT)

    By on March 24, 2022

    On April 1st 2022, a Plastic Packaging Tax will be introduced across the UK. It is hoped that the new tax will incentivise businesses to think about increasing the recycled content of their plastic packaging, which in turn will encourage an increase in recycling levels and collection of plastic waste, rather than directing plastic to landfill or incineration. How will

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  • Highest Levels of Deforestation in the Amazon Since 2015

    By on February 15, 2022

    After promising to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030 at COP26, Brazil has seen its Amazon rainforest lose 430 km2 (166 square miles) over the month of January, which is the highest amount over that month since 2015 and five times the amount in January of 2021. The Brazilian government argues that deforestation has been lessened overall since August 2021.  The

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  • Major Breakthrough in Fusion Technology

    By on February 9, 2022

    The UK-based Joint European Torus (JET) laboratory has outdone its previous world record amount of fusion power generation, doubling the record set in 1997 by producing 59 megajoules of energy over the course of five seconds through pressing two forms of hydrogen together. Whilst this level of energy may seem small, it opens the doors for the possibility of fusion

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  • Plants flowering early in the UK

    By on February 2, 2022

    Spring is starting almost a month earlier than usual with flowers blooming already.  Whilst this may be seen as positive, in truth it could spell disaster for various insects, birds and other animals.  If plants continue to flower early, they could be affected by frost which would cause damage to the plant, namely seeds, nectar and fruits which would reduce

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  • Global Warming Will Lead to Changes in Major Crops

    By on January 27, 2022

    Certain crops will have a huge shift as the world warms according to this recent study. The plants studied are the tropical crops cashew, avocado and coffee.  They require long-term planning and provide livelihoods for millions of small farmers in tropical areas.  Coffee is a crop sought after by rich countries and avocados and cashews have increased in popularity over

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