1. On 25 May 2016, Global brands, including McDonald’s, Tesco, Iglo, Young’s Seafood, Icelandic Seachill, alongside the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, Russian fishing giant, Karat and Europe’s largest processor of frozen fish, Espersen, said “no” to the further expansion of cod fishing into the previously-frozen Northern Barents Sea — an area twice the size of France. The ground-breaking agreement brokered by Greenpeace marks the first time the seafood industry has voluntarily imposed limitations to industrial fishing in the Arctic. This means that any fishing companies expanding into pristine Arctic waters will not be able to sell their cod to major seafood brands and retailers. Currently there is no specific legal regime in place to protect Arctic areas that were previously covered by sea ice.

  2. Lab studies revealed that dung pats from cattles given a common antibiotic gave off more than double the methane, a potent greenhouse gas, than those of non-treated cows, a team wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on 25 May 2016.

  3. The growing erection of photovoltaic systems and the early summer weather provided Germany with a new world record for solar capacity, producing electricity at midday on 25 May 2012. According to IWR, a renewable energy institute based in Muenster, German solar systems with a capacity of more than 20,000 MW feeding environmentally friendly power into the national grid for the first time under a cloudless sky at midday on Friday. The solar power plant capacity reached 22,000 MW at midday on Friday. This is equivalent to the capacity of more than 20 nuclear power stations.

  4. On 25 May 2012, President Dilma Rousseff vetoed portions of Brazil’s new Forest Code.

  5. On 25 may 2012, the captain and navigation officer of container ship Rena were each jailed for seven months. Both the captain and navigation officer pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including operating a ship in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk to persons or property. The Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on the Bay of Plenty coast on October 5 last year, spilling fuel, cargo and other debris into the sea and causing an environmental disaster on the coast.

  6. On 25 May 2011 Swiss Federal Council decided to phase out nuclear power by 2034 after the Japan disaster shook public confidence in the industry, but said it will not shut any existing power plants prematurely. The Federal Council agreed to build no more nuclear reactors once the current power plants reach the end of their lifespan, with the oldest set to come offline in 2019, while the newest would remain in operation until 2034.

  7. On 25 May 2010, the tanker Bunga Kelana 3 collided with the bulk freighter, MV Waily, in the Singapore Strait, 13 km southeast of Changi Air Base. An estimated 2,000 tonnes of crude oil may have spilled into the sea.

  8. The purpose of the act is to safeguard the life and well-being of animals out of responsibility for them as fellow creatures. No person may harm an animal or cause it to suffer without good reason.