Tesco and DRS partner on a new refrigerated rail freight service that will take 40 lorries off the road for every journey it makes

Tesco and Direct Rail Services (DRS) have partnered to introduce a cool new service to Britain’s railways. The new service will be the first time Tesco has used refrigerated rail freight in the UK, distributing chilled goods from Tilbury to Coatbridge by low CO2 rail twice a day, seven days a week. This means that rail freight will play an even bigger role in helping Tesco to deliver Christmas this year and over the next couple of weeks this new service will transport hundreds of different products, including festive favourites…

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Tub2pub Charity Campaign Returns That Will Transform Plastic Waste Into Cash

Greene King, the UK’s largest pub company and brewer, is once again calling on its customers to bring their empty plastic confectionery tubs to its pubs in an effort to reduce waste and raise money for Macmillan. Tens of millions of tubs containing chocolates, sweets and biscuits are sold in the UK each year, with the majority sold during the Christmas period. These tubs are typically made from polypropylene; a hard plastic that is not always accepted by local authorities for recycling, resulting in it, instead, being incinerated or landfilled.…

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First-ever ‘State of Conservation Technology’ Report Identifies Top 3 Emerging Technologies to Advance Conservation

A first-of-its-kind report assessing the current field of conservation technology and various tools’ ability to diagnose, understand and address the most critical environmental challenges of our time finds three emerging technologies have particularly promising trajectories to advance conservation over the next ten years. Artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning and computer vision, environmental DNA (eDNA) and genomics, and networked sensors are named the top three emerging conservation technologies in A Global Community-Sourced Assessment of the State of Conservation Technology, published today in Conservation Biology. The report, led by WILDLABS and Colorado…

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Amazon Launches Accelerator Program to Grow Opportunities for Real Estate Developers of Color and Increase Affordable Housing

Amazon has announced it is committing more than $21 million to pilot a professional training, mentorship, and capital funding program to help promote real estate developers of color. This two-year, part-time professional development program, which is free for participants, aims to teach real estate developers of color how to advance their careers. It also aims to lower the barriers these developers can face when bidding for affordable housing developments. The goal of the program is to increase the number of professional real estate developers of color who are focused on…

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World Health Organization and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to dramatically increase global access to childhood cancer medicines

The World Health Organization and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have announced plans to establish a platform that will dramatically increase access to childhood cancer medicines around the world. The Global Platform for Access to Childhood Cancer Medicines, the first of its kind, will provide an uninterrupted supply of quality-assured childhood cancer medicines to low- and middle-income countries. St. Jude is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launch the platform, which will provide medicines at no cost to countries participating in the pilot phase. This is the largest financial…

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