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01/26/2021 - 14:57
New Drive Anytime rate bids to mirror rivals’ off-peak tariff with savings of 60% a year, supplier claims Ovo Energy plans to launch an electric vehicle charging tariff, at half the usual price, to compete with typical off-peak rates even when electricity demand is at its highest. The UK’s second-largest energy supplier will set the tariff at a flat rate of 6p per kilowatt-hour no matter what time of day their customers choose to charge their vehicle, in direct competition with suppliers which offer cut-price charging during set hours overnight. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 14:02
Tongue-in-cheek promotional video launches ‘bid’ Campaign seeks to highlight alarming climate variations The race to host the 2032 summer Olympics looks set to be one of the most fiercely contested in history. So when the Lapland town of Salla announced its intention to vie with Jakarta, Istanbul and Seoul‑Pyongyang, it was competing against the odds. But the “coldest town in the world” had a secret weapon up its sleeve. “I’ve never felt warmth before, but I’m sure it’s coming,” said one resident in a promotional video released this week to launch the candidacy. “In 12 years the ice will be gone and this will be a perfect lake,” said another. “I can’t wait for the snow to melt,” said a third, wielding a surfboard. While other cities might have the infrastructure, Salla has the climate crisis. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 08:00
World’s biggest investor vows to support net zero carbon pledge amid pressure to divest from fossil fuels BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment fund manager, has threatened to sell shares in the worst corporate pollutersin a bid to support the goal of net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Larry Fink, BlackRock’s chief executive, said the investor would ask companies whose shares it holds to disclose their plans to achieve net zero emissions. The new approach is set out in Fink’s annual letter to CEOs around the world. BlackRock could then divest from polluting companies in its actively managed funds – which represent about a tenth of its assets – if they did not improve. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 07:01
Virginia-based ICF has been awarded more than 80 government contracts in the last five years Debt and job losses as England’s green homes grant scheme ‘in chaos’ The American corporation running the UK green homes grant has been awarded multiple government contracts in the last five years. ICF, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a global consulting business that promotes itself as “not your typical consultants”. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 07:00
Exclusive: firms out of pocket and losing faith in scheme administered by US-based corporation US firm running eco grants scheme has won multiple UK government contracts England’s much-hyped £2bn green homes grant is in chaos, renewable energy installers say, with some owed tens of thousands of pounds and struggling to stay in business. Members of the public have been left waiting nearly four months, in some cases, to take advantage of the scheme to fit low carbon heating systems. Some installers say customers are pulling out after losing faith in the green grants. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 06:51
Green campaigners attack further delay ‘to most important piece of legislation for decades’ The government has delayed the long-awaited environment bill, which redraws rules after the UK’s departure from the EU, provoking fury from campaigners who said it would harm action on air pollution and water quality, as well as other key issues. The proposed legislation would be the biggest shake-up of green regulation in decades. Ministers said the delay, which means the flagship bill is unlikely to pass before the autumn, was necessary because dealing with the Covid-19 crisis left too little parliamentary time for debate. Trying to continue with the original timetable would have risked the bill falling and having to return to square one of the parliamentary process. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 02:00
Last such event for 15 states including New York, Ohio, Illinois and Georgia occurred in 2004 Billions of cicadas that have spent 17 years underground are set to emerge across large areas of the eastern US, bringing swarming numbers and loud mating calls to major towns and cities. The periodic cicadas – bugs with strikingly red eyes, black bodies and orange wings – burrow underground as nymphs and suck fluids from the roots of plants as they grow, eventually bursting into the open as adults in mass synchronized events. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 01:11
Ten biggest retailers produced 900,000 tonnes of packaging and 2bn plastic bags in 2017 Supermarkets are still putting nearly 900,000 tonnes of plastic packaging on to the market, representing a plastic footprint which is bigger than in 2017, a new report has found. The retailers sold more than 2bn plastic bags, according to the study by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency, which called for the government to require companies to publish independently verified audits of their plastic footprint, alongside their financial reports each year. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 01:00
Enforcement of rules and boosting numbers of vets to help with inspections, quarantines and general animal health seen as critical China’s attempts to prevent another zoonotic disease outbreak will fail without deep changes in enforcement, oversight, and extensive investment to ramp up veterinary capacity, say experts.China’s top lawmakers last week approved revisions to the country’s law on preventing the spread of animal diseases. Amendments to the Animal Epidemic Prevention Law, due to come into force in May, were accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The outbreak of the deadly pig disease African swine fever (ASF), which has decimated as much as 40% of China’s pig production since 2018, has been an added impetus for reform. The new measures include a system of quarantine standards for captive bred wildlife; revisions to a system for classifying animal epidemics based on their potential impact on human health, the economy and the public; compulsory vaccinations; and stipulations for veterinarians to pass qualification tests. However, observers said the challenge was poor enforcement of rules, rather than the need for new ones. “If China is truly to prevent and tackle future viruses, it is immensely important that the revised law is not simply adopted or revised and then ignored,” Peter J Li, a China policy specialist at the Humane Society International, told the Guardian. Continue reading...
01/26/2021 - 01:00
Large UK study found small pollution rise associated with more cases of age-related macular degeneration Small increases in air pollution are linked to an increased risk of irreversible sight loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a large UK study has found. Previous work had already found a link between dirty air and glaucoma and a link to cataracts is suspected. The scientists said the eyes have a particularly high flow of blood, potentially making them very vulnerable to the damage caused by tiny particles that are breathed in and then flow around the body. Continue reading...