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Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

steart marshes in somerset
Steart Marshes in Somerset, a £20.7m wetland reserve recently created under EU law to compensate for loss of habitat on the Severn estuary, a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

Compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill

January 9, 2018 — The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. Continue reading Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

Labour vows to factor climate change risk into economic forecasts

labour treasury sources said the party wanted to ensure that long-term impacts of climate change and environmental damage
Labour Treasury sources said the party wanted to ensure that long-term impacts of climate change and environmental damage, including effects on food prices, flooding and loss of productivity in more frequent extreme weather, could have a direct impact informing economic policymaking. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell to say ‘overwhelming challenge of climate change’ must be addressed from very centre of government

November 13, 2017 — The risk posed by climate change would be factored into projections from the government’s independent economic forecaster if Labour took office, the shadow chancellor will announce on Tuesday. Continue reading Labour vows to factor climate change risk into economic forecasts

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles
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

Government’s air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

traffic congestion
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