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Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

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Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding

DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands. Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world

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Breath of fresh air … a windfarm off the coast of Kent. Photograph: Bob Strong/REUTERS

Wind isn’t just mysterious, destructive and exhilarating – capturing just 2% of it would solve the planet’s energy needs at a stroke. And as the windiest country in Europe, Britain is at the forefront of this green revolution

October 15, 2017 — The wind rips along the Humber estuary in Hull. It’s the kind that presses your coat to your back and pushes you on to your toes. “A bit too windy,” shouts Andy Sykes, before his words Continue reading Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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The decision was hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health

July 25, 2017 — As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

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EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

‘The researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die early, each losing as much as a decade of their life, as a result of excess emissions generated,’ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which took part in the study, explains

PARIS, France (Mar. 4, 2017  ) — Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud’s health impacts said Friday, March 3. Continue reading Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Christmas Day 2016 sets new UK record for renewable energy use

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Figures show that about 75% of renewable energy produced on Christmas Day came from wind turbines. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Green energy such as wind power made up 40% of electricity generated in Britain, compared with 25% on 25 December 2015

December 30, 2016 — Christmas Day was the greenest on record for energy generation, according to the power group Drax. Continue reading Christmas Day 2016 sets new UK record for renewable energy use

Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

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OUT OF THE ‘JUNGLE’ Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

French authorities have said that Britain, which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid-October and promised to take more, will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

CALAIS, France (Nov. 3, 2016) — Over 1,600 unaccompanied minors left in Calais after the demolition of the infamous “Jungle” migrant camp were bussed to shelters across France on Wednesday, November 2, even as many still hoped to be admitted to Britain.  Continue reading Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

UK gov’t loses High Court case on air pollution

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AIR POLLUTION. A breathing mask is fixed to a statue of Queen Victoria in central London on 18 April 2016. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

A judge rules in favor of the group’s case, declaring that the government’s Air Quality Plan was unlawful and ‘must be quashed’ and rewritten

LONDON, United Kingdom (Nov. 3, 2016) — Environmental campaigners in Britain won a High Court legal battle on Wednesday, November 2, over the government’s failure to tackle air pollution to meet European standards.  Continue reading UK gov’t loses High Court case on air pollution

Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what

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An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. Photograph: PA

The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting

July 31, 2016 — Britain faces a problem in coping with its complex energy demands. It needs to provide extra energy to meet rising demands for power in coming decades but at a reasonable cost – while also reducing carbon emissions by considerable levels in order Continue reading Britain’s energy dilemma – if not nuclear power, then what