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Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

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ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says

June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.

A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years. Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

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Single-use plastic found on Kilninian beach on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Photograph: Will Rose/Greenpeace

Campaigners demand that post-Brexit Britain matches the EU’s plan to tackle waste

May 27, 2018 — The EU is to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks in a bid to tackle the rising tide of plastic waste, a move that has prompted urgent calls for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to guarantee that the UK will follow Brussels’ lead after Brexit. Continue reading Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

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Air pollution monitoring equipment on Marylebone Road. London has 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Sadiq Khan says capital will not be included in the chancellor’s £220m clean air fund despite having 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales

November 23, 2017 — London cannot bid for a £220m clean air fund announced in the budget – despite being home to 40% of the most polluting roads in England and Wales, Sadiq Khan revealed on Thursday. Continue reading London cannot bid for national clean air funding, mayor says

Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

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Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA

Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice

November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day. Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

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Nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, has been illegally high in most urban parts of Britain since 2010. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers accused of ‘stubborn failure’ to tackle widespread and illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year

November 7, 2017 — The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year. Continue reading UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

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Big winners in the 164-page Clean Growth Strategy include offshore windfarm developers. Photograph: Steve Morgan for the Guardian

Ministers publish long-delayed blueprint for hitting target of cutting emissions by 57% in next 15 years

October 12, 2017 — Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans. Continue reading Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

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The EU wants companies to design plastic products with reuse in mind to try and cut back on waste. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable

October 6, 2017 — The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Continue reading EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California

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Houses hanging over a cliff in Pacifica, San Mateo County, California. Storms and powerful waves have been intensifying erosion in the area. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

As a trio of lawsuits claim compensation for sea rises resulting from fossil fuel emissions, campaigners say carbon majors must change their business models

July 26, 2017 — Three Californian communities have launched legal action against some of the world’s biggest oil, gas and coal companies, seeking compensation for the current and future costs Continue reading Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California

Government’s air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

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Traffic congestion on the M25 Photograph: robertharding/REX/Shutterstock

Michael Gove’s pledge to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 23 years is not enough to tackle health crisis now, say campaigners

July 26, 2017 — The government’s new clean air plan has been branded inadequate by the leaders of eight heavily polluted cities, as campaigners said banning petrol and diesel cars from 2040 would Continue reading Government’s air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

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