January was warmest on record for the globe

We’re off to a hot start in 2020, with January setting a new mark as the warmest instance of that month on record for the globe. Europe through to northern Asia was particularly warm, and January ranked fifth warmest over the contiguous US.

Coronavirus: WHO declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. The UN's health arm said the move was to protect countries with "weaker health systems."

US airline to go carbon neutral on all domestic flights in 2020

JetBlue has announced that it will offset carbon dioxide emissions from jet fuel for all domestic flights beginning in July 2020, making it the first major US airline to take the step toward reducing its contribution to global warming.

Vancouver says no more foam food containers

The foam ban will take effect on January 1, 2020 and is just one of the actions the city of Vancouver, Canada is taking to reduce single-use item waste in support of its zero-waste goal for 2040. 

Italy is making climate change study mandatory in schools

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory. The decision will come into force from the start of the 2020 school year.

British Airways to offset emissions on flights within the UK from 2020

From 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all domestic flights. Customers on domestic flights will have their carbon emissions offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world.

Plastic bag ban to be enforced in New York state, U.S.

Commencing on 1 March 2020, cities will have the choice to opt in to a five cents fee for a paper bag, two cents of which will go into local schemes that buy reusable bags for low-income consumers.

India follows China's lead, bans plastic waste imports

It has been just over a year since China banned imports of foreign plastic waste, and now India has followed in its footsteps. Effective March 1, all imports of foreign solid plastic waste and scrap have been banned.

Gravitational-wave observatory LIGO set to double its detecting power

A planned US$35-million upgrade could enable LIGO to spot one black-hole merger per hour by the mid-2020s.

New Glenn: Blue Origins Big Reusable Rocket

New Glenn is a two-stage orbital launch vehicle with an optional third stage and a reusable first stage. Launches of the New Glenn are planned to be made from Spaceport Florida Launch Complex 36 in 2020.

Luxembourg Makes All Public Transportation Free

Public transportation will be free to all riders beginning in 2020 as the country struggles to deal with some of the worst congestion in Europe and air pollution in its capital city.

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Will Land in Jezero Crater

Mars 2020 is set to visit the Red Planet to take scientific data and hunt for past signs of life, and to better understand the planet for a future human visit.

Palau Became The First Country To Ban Reef-Killing Sunscreen

Starting in January 2020, tourists who bring banned sunscreen into the country will have them confiscated and retailers who attempt to sell them and break the ban will face fines of $1,000.

Norway to implement biofuel mandate for aviation fuel in 2020

Norway is taking action to require the use of renewable aviation fuel. It will require aviation fuel to contain at least 0.5 percent advanced biofuel starting in 2020.

Facebook vows to be 100% renewable energy by 2020

Internet giant Facebook has vowed to source 100 per cent of its considerable electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020.