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Costa Coffee to recycle equivalent of all its takeaway cups each year

UK’s largest coffee shop chain has pledged to recycle up to 500m cups a year by 2020 – a fifth of the total used in the country<p>The UK’s largest coffee chain is to become the first to commit to recycling the same volume of takeaway cups used by its customers every year in a bid to stop hundreds of …

Coffee

Clean energy projects stifled by Tory reforms, says Labour

‘Outrageous financial demands will have serious repercussions across the renewables sector’<p>Labour has accused the government of holding back clean energy projects in the UK by allowing energy networks to impose “outrageous” charges on renewables developers.<p>This week, two of the six companies that …

Green Energy

Cotton buds and plastic straws could be banned in England next year

Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans.<p>Theresa May hopes to use the announcement to encourage the Commonwealth heads of …

Pollution

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Energy

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Researchers say it’s a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage<p>Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale …

Clean Energy

‘Intelligent control’ the key to grid-friendly solar - ECOS

IN February this year, South Australia announced a plan for a 50,000-home, 250 megawatt (MW) capacity ‘virtual power plant’, with 650 MWh of battery …

Energy Storage Wars: 3 Products Going Head to Head With Tesla's Powerwall

Three of the biggest residential solar companies in the U.S. are adding energy storage to the mix.<p>When <b>Tesla</b>'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Powerwall was introduced …

With more efficient homes, the UK would never fear running short of gas

Last week’s brief but unnerving shortfall was a reminder, if any were needed, of the central importance of energy efficiency<p>Carry on cooking as normal, the energy minister said. This is how the market works, said industry experts, as the wholesale price of gas rocketed 200% in the wake of National …

North Sea

8 Quick Exercises to Build Your Core

For a quick workout that strengthens your core, try a simple routine of eight basic exercises. These are classic moves that have been used by …

Workouts

Hotpoint tells tumble dryer owners: unplug faulty machines due to fire risk

Whirlpool – which also owns Indesit, Creda and Proline – changes advice after criticism from trading standards and Which?<p>The maker of Hotpoint and Indesit tumble dryers has changed its advice to the owners of millions of potentially dangerous machines, telling customers to unplug the appliances and …

City Politics
Customers

SSE the latest ‘big six’ firm to put its prices up

Customers of SSE are set to see their electricity bills rise by 14.9% from 28 April, as the company became the latest of the “big six” energy suppliers to increase prices.<p>The firm, formerly known as Scottish & Southern Energy, said its typical dual fuel (gas and electricity) customer will see their …

Customers

Tesla's Entry-Level Model S Price Is About to Go Up

Farewell, software-limited 60 kWh battery packs.<p>Following a $2,000 price bump in November, the price of <b>Tesla</b>'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S is about to go …

Tesla

How Businesses Can Support a Circular Economy

Since the industrial revolution, we have been able to get away with relying on natural resources to raise our standard of living. But as these resources become scarcer and more expensive, we need to find new ways to create a more sustainable environment.<p>This was the focal point of the recent Paris …

Sustainability