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UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

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A series of government pledges have little or no detail on how they will be delivered, the Committee on Climate Change said.
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Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change

January 17, 2018 — The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned. Continue reading UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

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A speech by by Theresa May on Thursday will set out plans to tackle UK’s ‘throwaway culture’.
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Expansion expected of highly successful policy of charging 5p for each bag could be extended beyond large retailers

January 10, 2018 — The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”. Continue reading Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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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

Pollutionwatch: reducing sulphur emissions saves lives – and forests

steam billows from ferrybridge, eggborough and drax coal fired power stations
How we were: steam billows from Ferrybridge, Eggborough and Drax coal fired power stations, in Yorkshire, photographed in January 2009. All have been modified, adapted to multifuel or demolished – to be replaced by cleaner alternatives. Photograph: Alamy

We used to worry more about acid rain than about climate change. It took years but the agreements made in the Gothenburg Protocol have made a difference

January 7, 2018 — Today we focus our concern on climate change, but 40 years ago it was acid rain and forest die-back that dominated our air and environment debate. In 1977, a new measurement Continue reading Pollutionwatch: reducing sulphur emissions saves lives – and forests

Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

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Rebecca Till in her flooded property in Galgate. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Cumbria MP says government is dragging its feet, as torrential rain causes flooding in area hit by Storm Desmond in 2015

November 24, 2017 — Torrential rain has forced dozens of families from their homes and caused disruption across the north-west of England, prompting a local MP to accuse the government of Continue reading Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste

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Drivers wait to deliver Black Friday goods at Dunstable Amazon fulfilment centre in the UK. Photograph: Tony Margiocchi/Barcroft Images

The shopping frenzy will see 82,000 diesel delivery vans on UK streets, with plastic toys and electronic goods among the most popular purchases

November 24, 2017 — The online shopping frenzy of the Black Friday weekend will see 82,000 diesel vans and trucks on UK roads, raising concerns of air pollution spikes on residential streets as more than £7bn of purchases are delivered. Continue reading Black Friday to cause spikes in air pollution and plastic waste

70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

flooding at carnforth railway station in lancashire
Flooding at Carnforth railway station in Lancashire, where heavy rain caused flooding and travel disruption. Photograph: @Bloo_Bel/Twitter/PA

People evacuated in Lancashire as rain causes widespread flooding and power cuts in north-west England and north Wales

November 23, 2017 — Firefighters have rescued more than 70 people as torrential rain caused widespread flooding and power blackouts across north-west England and north Wales. Continue reading 70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

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

Shifting storms under climate change could bring wilder winters to the UK

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An electrical storm hits Bognor Regis, UK, on 18/07/2017. Credit: Dan Holland Photography/Alamy Stock Photo.

The UK could face harsher and more frequent winter storms if global greenhouse gas emissions aren’t curbed, a new study says

November 13, 2017 — The research uses modelling to investigate how rising global temperatures could change the movements of mid-latitude storms by the end of the century. These storms form outside Continue reading Shifting storms under climate change could bring wilder winters to the UK

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