Mercedes-Benz have revealed their new electric car which is set to launch in 2019.

The company is investing more than £9 billion in the expansion of its electric range. By 2022, they will offer 10 pure battery electric vehicles, this starts in 2019 with the launch of the EQC.

Mercedes said: “To support the shift away from fossil fuel powered vehicles to more sustainable alternatives, our eMobility range is growing year on year with a range of choice in hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.”

The EQC, the first series production vehicle to emerge from their EQ electric mobility programme, will have a power input of up to 300 kilowatt, a range of 450 kilometres and will be a serious competitor in the luxury SUV market. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in under five seconds and can travel over 300 miles on one charge. Locally emission-free driving is achievable at all times, with an extensive range from a single charge.

The new electric car has undergone years of development, facing rigorous testing in the coldest parts of the world to the hottest.

Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz chairman, revealed that by 2025 he expects electric car sales to occupy 15 – 20 percent of the company’s sales.

Mercedes-Benz join other car companies such as Nissan and Tesla who have created electric cars for a competitive market.

To find out more about the Mercedes-Benz electric car production series click here.

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More than a third of London hospitals are located in areas where air pollution is on the rise.

Key research by Commercial Air Filtration has revealed that out of the 58 hospitals sampled, 22 of them were located in postcodes where nitrogen dioxide levels were “likely to rise above legal levels”.

This means that just by travelling to the hospital patients with respiratory issues could be worsening their health.

Christian Lickfett, Managing Director of Commercial Air Filtration, said: “For people with respiratory issues or a weakened immune system, hospitals are meant to be an oasis, or, at least, somewhere untainted by the hazards of air pollution. With airborne contamination levels in certain London Boroughs at such elevated levels, that’s no longer than case.”

Western Eye Hospital in Marylebone and University College Hospital in Fitzrovia are the two hospitals that are most likely to suffer from illegally high levels of air pollution. According to data from EarthSense, both of their postcodes rate a five out of six which indicates “a very strong chance of nitrogen dioxide exceeding the annual limit.”

In England, the total NHS and social care cost due to PM, an urban background pollutant, was estimated to be over £41 million in 2017. This number could rise if air pollution is not regulated.

Lickfett added: “Awareness of the negative impact air pollution has on our health is growing every day, and particularly the harm that ultra-fine particulates have on our well-being. But as things stand right now, some of the best hospitals the UK has to offer are literally shrouded in very low quality air.”

London, in particular, has significantly high pollution levels and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has implemented several strategies in attempt to reduce these levels. However, this data shows that not enough is being done to decrease pollution and ensure health is not compromised.

This news follows a nationwide demand from city leaders to reduce air pollution levels.

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Henkel have committed to making their packaging 100 per cent recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

The German-based consumer brand, who manufacturer for brands such as Persil and Schwarzkopf, have introduced the idea to reduce the amount of plastic waste, a big problem that weighs heavy on the consumer industry.

Henkel said in a statement: “Progress towards sustainable packaging will only be possible if organisations from across industries and along the value chain work together. That’s why Henkel is collaborating with a variety of partners to drive innovation in packaging development and promote improved recycling infrastructure.”

Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Sustainability, said: “Only by reusing and recycling as much material as possible will we be able to live well within the resource limits of our planet. This concept is at the heart of our approach to sustainable packaging.”

Henkel are making a pledge of sustainability to promote the circular economy. To ensure they achieve this they have set a number of targets including running on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and reducing their carbon footprint by 75 per cent by 2030.

As environmental frontrunners they have already made progress towards these targets reducing waste per tonne of product by 32 per cent. They also partnered with Waste Free Oceans to manufacture bottles made from ocean plastic.

The company joins a number of manufacturers including Coca-Cola who are also making promises to provide sustainable packaging.

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Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have collaborated on the football team’s third kit.

The kits, made from recycled ocean plastic, are being sold for £64.95 at the official Real Madrid Store and will be worn during the 2018/19 season.

The coral colour of the strip is designed to reflect the various shades of coral to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans.

A spokesman for Adidas said: “As a founding member, Adidas supports Parley for the Oceans in its education and communication programs, as well as its comprehensive Ocean Plastic Program that intends to end plastic pollution of the oceans through the three pillars of the Parley A.I.R. strategy: Avoid, Intercept and Design.”

Cyrill Gutsch, Parley for the Oceans Founder, said: “Real Madrid has the power to amplify our message, to share it with their massive global following and to bring it to life with their own decisions and actions.”

Parley for the Oceans is an organisation that addresses major threats to our oceans which they regard as the most important ecosystem of our planet. Recent studies showed that at least 5 trillion pieces of plastic waste, weighing over 250,000 tonnes, are now floating in our oceans.

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have previously collaborated on sustainable clothing, including high-performance footwear. Through this partnership they have sold over one million shoes made from recycled ocean plastic.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also announced kits made from plastic in a pledge of sustainability.

Photo Credit: Adidas

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