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Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

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Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) feeding on food scraps. They can damage delicate ecosystems and also interfere with electrical wiring. Photograph: Victor Suarez/Alamy Stock Photo

Foreign animals and plants can cause huge damage, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example of how climate change is boosting the threat

July 25, 2017 — Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on Continue reading Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave

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High levels of pollution are forecast for London along with large parts of England and Wales. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Rising temperatures and southerly winds expected to bring toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday

June 20, 2017 — The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has triggered the capital’s emergency air quality alert as soaring temperatures combined with southerly winds are expected to bring dangerously toxic air to large parts of England and Wales on Wednesday. Continue reading London mayor issues emergency air quality alert amid heatwave

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

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Vehicles on the Marylebone Road in London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Authors of Can Clean Air Make You Happy? say exposure to nitrogen dioxide can be as damaging as ‘big-hitting’ life events

April 17, 2017 — The effect on well being of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship or the death of a partner, research suggests. Continue reading Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner’s death, say researchers

Changing climate demands new approach to flood risk, say MPs

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A new report by MPs says the government could be doing a lot better at managing flooding, as well as telling people how much risk they are exposed to as the climate changes

November 1, 2016 — The report comes from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee, a cross-party parliamentary group that scrutinises the work of the Department Continue reading Changing climate demands new approach to flood risk, say MPs

England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

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Plastic bag floating underwater at Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia. Around 8m tonnes of plastic flows into the world’s oceans each year. Photograph: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images

Number of single-use bags handed out dropped to 500m in first six months since charge, compared with 7bn the previous year

July 31, 2016 — The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest.  Continue reading England’s plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

Record lack of frost in England and Wales during warmest December ever

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There was a record lack of air frost in England and Wales in December Photo: Alamy
UK experienced a “virtual complete lack of frost” with average temperatures of 8.0°C closer to those normally seen in April or May

January 1, 2016 — England and Wales experienced the least amount of frost ever this month, the Met Office has said, during the warmest December on record.

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