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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

Belfast appoints Resilience Commissioner

The Commissioner for Resilience – the city’s first – will help build a comprehensive resilience strategy for Belfast, addressing major ‘shocks’ such as flooding, infrastructure failure and cyber–attack.

'We need to eat less and better meat and dairy' say campaigners

Eating Better and its partners including Friends of the Earth, Sustain, WWF and Compassion in World Farming have released a report which sets out how a ‘less and better’ approach to meat and dairy is better for people, animals and the environment.

Training: Carbon Management

The latest in a series of highly successful SNI training events, which focussed on carbon management, providing delegates from the public and voluntary sector with the tools and information needed for measuring and managing their organisation's carbon footprint.

SNI Event: EU Funding Project Ideas Lab

A Project Ideas Lab, organised by Sustainable Northern Ireland in partnership with SEUPB, which focused on promoting EU funding streams and identifying and developing sustainable development projects which may be elegible for EU funding.

Blog: What is the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland?

Michael Scholes and Aidan Stennet from the NI Assembly Research Matters Team investigate the myriad of factors which lead to a gender pay gap and investigates the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland.

The UK's first Energiesprong homes

A pioneering new pilot project in Nottingham aims to make select households ultra-low carbon and fit for the future by renovating them using the 'Energiesprong' techniques used in the Netherlands.

Post-Brexit farm payments to be used to help the environment

Environment Secretary Michael Gove wants to end direct payments based on the amount of land farmed

The UK Government has published a consultation on its plans for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. The consultation entitled ‘Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit’ proposes that public money will no longer be given to farmers for the amount of land they own. Instead it will be allocated for the delivery of sustainable production, environmental enhancement, animal welfare and trialling new technologies.

Ireland 2040: €22bn to turn State into low–carbon economy

The Irish Government’s new national development plan envisages a radical overhaul of how the State tackles climate change, allocating €22 billion – one fifth of the entire budget – to a series of measures that will turn Ireland into a low–carbon economy by 2050.

Starbucks trial 5p cup charge in bid to reduce plastic waste

Starbucks have started charging 5p for disposable coffee cups in 35 London stores as part of a three-month trial. Starbucks’ announcement comes weeks after MPs called for a general 25p latte levy on disposable coffee cups.

Starbucks has introduced a 5p charge for single-use cups in its central London locations in an attempt to help tackle a plastic waste epidemic plaguing the UK. 

Customers who bring their own mug will not have to pay the extra 5p in 35 Starbucks branches for the duration of the three-month trial which began in February 2018. If it’s successful the company may roll it out to other outlets, the Seattle-based coffee giant said.

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