The animal sentience bill recognises that fish and other vertebrates feel pain and should be protected, where possible, from suffering. However, the group of MPs has argued that some invertebrates should be included in the bill.
A study of healthcare workers published in the BMJ medical journal found that those who reported following plant-based diets and pescatarian diets were less likely to develop a moderate-to-severe COVID infection than people who did not follow these diets.
The G7 nations have agreed to step up action on climate change and renewed a pledge to raise $100bn a year to help poor countries cut emissions. G7 leaders also promised to help developing countries move away from coal.
The alliance of Canadian oil producers makes no mention of winding down oil production. In fact, planned oil production in Canada would lead to a 17% expansion between 2019 and 2030, according to recent analysis by Stockholm Environment Institute.
The focus of world leaders on responding to future outbreaks overlooks the far cheaper and more effective strategy of stopping the spillover of disease from animals to humans in the first place, scientists say.
Scientists have been uncorking long, thin cylinders of soil from wetlands and riverbeds in an attempt to look back in time and understand the impact humans have had on nature. The results have made them radically rethink previous assumptions.
Resource experts say the current supply of various metals and minerals cannot support a global economy producing net-zero carbon emissions. Extraction rates have to be raised, the scientists argue, if only in the short term.
Exploitation and development of new oil and gas fields must stop this year and no new coal-fired power stations can be built if the world is to meet the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency has said.
The Western Australian government says the state could play host to a stunning total of 100 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity to produce green hydrogen by 2030, and could double that number by 2040.
New estimates show that if greenhouse gases continue growing at current rates, by the end of this century large regions of current food production are at risk of being pushed into climate conditions in which no food is grown today.
Nearly 59m hectares of forests have regrown since 2000, a new analysis has found, providing the potential to soak up and store 5.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide – more than the annual emissions of the entire US.