ICYMI: Environment News You Missed (issue #01)

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Stories you may have missed including Robert Downey Jr., London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the makers of Wensleydale cheese.

Robert Downey Jr. has announced the launch of The Footprint Coalition, an organisation committed to using advanced technology for the good of the environment.

“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” said Robert Downey Jr. during his opening keynote for Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas. The Footprint Coalition group is scheduled to officially launch by April 2020.

Source: Variety

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the city’s biggest ever vehicle-free day with plans to close roads across 18 boroughs as it takes place in this year’s Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September 2019.

“London is leading the way in innovative measures to improve air pollution and I want this year’s Car Free Day events to be the best of any world city,” said Sadiq Khan.

The day will involve a number of car-free events including guided walked and treasure hunts.

Sadiq continued: “This will be a great opportunity for us all to leave our cars behind and explore our streets by foot, or by bike”.

Source: Evening Standard

The makers of Wensleydale cheese have struck a deal to supply its waste whey to a local energy plant which can produce enough renewable biogas to heat 4,000 homes.

“The whole process of converting local milk to premium cheese and then deriving environmental and economic benefit from the natural by-products is an essential part of our business plan as a proud rural business,” said David Hartley, managing director at Wensleydale Creamery.

Once the biogas has been captured, the leftovers can be fed on to neighbouring farmland to improve local topsoil quality.

Source: The Guardian