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We have some 'cool' content for you this week. Just what exactly is consuming 1% of the UK's total energy consumption?

Can the UK take a leaf out of Ethiopia's book and challenge them for tree planting world record?  
Greta strikes again! Check out which mode of transport she is opting for, on her next adventure to the US.

We recap our favourite 5 things you never knew about Sir David Attenborough.
Oh and Donald Trump takes the final straw (plastic)...paints it red, engraves it with 'TRUMP' and sells it for $500,000. 

Reading time is 3:47 minutes.
Climate Change

Ethiopia sets world record for planting 350m trees in a single day

by Imogen Berryman

What's Going On Here?

Ethiopia has broken a tree planting record previously held by India by planting more than 350 million trees in less than a day - in fact it was actually a tree-mendous 353,633,660 in 12 hours! 

This comes just as The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends that the UK needs to plant 1.5 billion or 30,000 hectares worth of trees every year to meet the goal to become "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050.

What Does This Mean?

Earlier this month, a study found that restoring forests is the most effective solution available for climate change right now. It concluded that if we planted 500 billion trees, we could see carbon dioxide levels fall by 25%. 

But this needs to be done fast, because they need to mature to really do their thing for future generations. The woodland trust say this must be done quickly. On top, as our planet warms up, the potential to plant in some areas will reduce, like the Tropics.  

That’s why the speedy work by Ethiopia is setting the rest of the world a good example.

Why Should We Care?

If we want to meet these tree planting targets to plant 1.5 billion trees each year in the UK and 500 billion trees globally, we need to follow Ethiopia’s lead.

Since last year, the UK government helped to fund the planting of 2 million trees including the Urban Tree Challenge Fund which focused on urban spaces so we know we’re on the right root… 

But the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says that we need to be planting more than double what we planted last year and possibly more if we don’t meet other carbon reduction targets. 

Now, if everyone in the UK with a garden planted two trees each, that would be 45 million knocked off the target and if those same gardens had 2 trees planted EVERY year until 2050, this would be 1.3 billion trees!

Be Curious!

Go on, how many trees could YOU plant in 12 hours? 
Here’s how you can help:
Food & Drink

Shut the Fridge-Door!

by Will Roderick

What's Going On Here?

Ever noticed that pretty much all supermarket fridges and freezers are open? Well a report this week, supported by DEFRA, revealed they consume up to 1% of the UK’s total energy consumption - freezing mad! 

What Does This Mean?

Campaigners are urging UK supermarkets to change standard proto-cold and close supermarket fridges, as the true energy use of open-door-fridges is unearthed. Favoured by supermarkets for their convenience, as shoppers can pick up their goods more easily, they have come under fire from campaigners and MPs as a ‘massive waste of energy and money.’ We tend to agree with them! 

Whilst the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) imposes minimum energy performance standards on appliances, known as Ecodesign regulations, this does not require fridge doors to be implemented. 

Why Should We Care?

Despite many retailers fitting their fridges with energy-saving technology, it is estimated that simply fitting doors to fridges and freezers in all UK supermarkets would reduce their overall energy consumption by as much as 25%. Other independent research estimates it could save as much energy as that of the domestic population of Poland!

In light of the climate crisis, such a significant waste of energy to simply avoid opening the fridge door at your local supermarket seems crazy to us! I mean, you wouldn’t leave the fridge door at home open would you?

Be Curious!

In France, supermarkets have voluntarily agreed to put doors on 75% of their fridges by 2020! Why not sign this petition to ‘Ban energy-wasting open fridges and freezers in all retail outlets’ across the UK. 

From the blog...

5 things you never knew about Sir David Attenborough -

Other news we found curious...

Trump campaign raises nearly $500,000 SELLING PLASTIC STRAWS for $15!!! - Independent
Irish teenager wins global science award for removing microplastics from water - TheJournal
Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for UN climate summits - Guardian
UK's 10 warmest years all occurred since 2002 - BBC
World’s most polluted island is choking to death with plastic -
Under Brazil’s Far-Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall - NYTimes
Marks & Spencer to offer discounts for customers who bring their own containers - Independent
Will Roderick
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