- 7-Mile ‘Bee Corridor’ of Wildflowers Will Feed London’s Pollinators This Summer
- Amazon tribe wins first victory against oil companies
- Will Conservative climate plan embrace electric cars?
- UK Achieves First Coal-Free Week Since Industrial Revolution
- UOB is Singapore’s third bank to quit coal power lending in a month
1) 7-Mile ‘Bee Corridor’ of Wildflowers Will Feed London’s Pollinators This Summer
It’s a scary time for the world’s pollinators . A study published in February warned that more than 40 percent of the world’s insects could go extinct within the next 30 years. Another study published in Nature in March found that a third of wild pollinator species in the UK had declined since 1980. But one North London council has a plan to fight this trend: a seven-mile “bee corridor” of wildflowers seeded through Brent Council’s parks and green spaces. ” Bees and other insects are so important for pollinating the crops that provide the food that we eat,” Brent Councillor Krupa Sheth told London’s Evening Standard . “We must do all we can to help them to thrive.” The corridor will combine 22 wildflower meadows and should be in bloom this summer. The flowers will help not only bees, but also butterflies, dragonflies and moths. “The team curated the mix of wildflowers with bees and other insects in mind, choosing varieties that would attract these pollinators,” Projects Manager Kelly Eaton said
2) Amazon tribe wins first victory against oil companies
Ecuador’s Waorani indigenous tribe won their first victory on Friday against big oil companies in a ruling that blocks the companies’ entry onto ancestral Amazonian lands for oil exploration activities. After two weeks of deliberations, a criminal court in Puyo, central Ecuador, accepted a Waorani bid for court protection in Pastaza province to stop an oil bidding process after the government moved to open up around 180,000 hectares for exploration. The lands are protected under Ecuador’s constitution that establishes the “inalienable, unseizable and indivisible” rights of indigenous people “to maintain possession of their ancestral lands and obtain their free adjudication.” Crucially, however, the wealth in the subsoil is owned by the state.
3) Will Conservative climate plan embrace electric cars?
Electric cars will take over roads in Canada and around the world. This is not simply the opinion of environmentalists, but a reality echoed by most analysts and automakers. It’s why Volkswagen is betting everything on a fast-approaching electric future. It’s why Ford just dropped a cool $500 million into electric truck startup Rivian with an eye toward electrifying its F-series (the bestselling trucks in Canada). And it’s why there’s a combined US$300 billion being invested by 29 global automakers into electric vehicles. A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday. Here in Canada, sales of new electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. In Norway, there were more electric cars sold than gas ones last month. One of the more pessimistic outlooks for electric cars, courtesy of ExxonMobil , sees the number of electric cars growing from two million to around 160 million in just 20 years.
4) UK Achieves First Coal-Free Week Since Industrial Revolution
For the first time since the world’s first coal-fired plant opened in London in 1882, the UK has gone a week without burning the highly-polluting fossil fuel, The Independent reported Wednesday.
All coal generators were offline from 1:24 p.m. May 1 through 1:24 p.m. May 8, The Guardian reported. The record follows closely on a five-day coal-free stretch over the Easter weekend, The Independent noted.
“As more and more renewables come on to our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence,” National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) director Fintan Slye said, according to ITV News.
The UK government has promised to phase out coal entirely by 2025.
5) UOB is Singapore’s third bank to quit coal power lending in a month
United Overseas Bank, Southeast Asia’s third largest finance group, has stopped funding coal power, the single biggest driver of man-made greenhouse gas emissions globally. Image: UOB Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) is to stop funding coal power projects in response to growing concern over the role finance groups play in lending to energy sources linked to climate change. The decision was announced at the bank’s annual general meeting on 26 April. UOB is the third of Singapore’s big three banks to quit coal in an important month for sustainable finance in Southeast Asia. OCBC Bank said it would stop funding new coal-fired power stations on 15 April. DBS Bank followed two days later. A spokesperson for UOB told Eco-Business that the bank had stopped the financing of all new coal-fired power plants since January 2018, and has “rejected all such deals that came our way over this period.”