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01/17/2022 - 19:01
Mayor says air pollution and climate crisis are issues of ‘social justice’ in capital and across the globe Motorists across the whole of London could be charged for every journey from 2024 under plans being drawn up to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. The mayor, Sadiq Khan, said London should be a global leader in introducing smart road pricing, as a report found car journeys in the capital needed to be cut by more than a quarter to meet net zero emissions targets by 2030. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 14:22
Global heating of 2C would cause billions in damage each year by 2050, according to risk assessment The climate crisis will wipe at least 1% a year off the UK’s economy by 2045 if global temperatures are allowed to rise by 2C, the government has said. More action would be needed on key areas such as flood defences, restoring natural protections such as peatlands and wetlands, and making the built environment more resilient to extreme weather, ministers said. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 10:21
In blow to climate campaigners, state encourages miners to ramp up output to avert winter gas crisis China’s coal production reached record levels last year as the state encouraged miners to ramp up their fossil fuel output to safeguard the country’s energy supplies through the winter gas crisis. The world’s biggest coal producer and consumer mined 384.67m tonnes of the fossil fuel last month, easily topping its previous record of 370.84m tonnes set in November, after the government called for miners to work at maximum capacity to help fuel the country’s economic growth. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 08:58
Chris Hohn’s TCI fund, known as one of the most aggressive activist investors, made a 23% gain in 2021 The world’s 20 top performing hedge fund managers earned a record $65.4bn ($48bn) profit for their clients in 2021 after bets placed on rising stock markets paid off. The biggest winner was TCI, the fund run by British billionaire Sir Chris Hohn, which made a gain of $9.5bn last year, according to the annual rankings by LCH Investments. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 08:16
After a late surge in donations, appeal remains open for a few more days as it aims to hit £1m mark Help us support those on the frontline of the climate emergency Donate to our charity appeal here The Guardian and Observer climate justice appeal is to remain open for another few days after raising just short of £1m for charities supporting communities severely affected by climate-induced extreme weather events. After a late surge in donations over the weekend, the total had reached £940,000 by midnight on Sunday when the appeal was originally scheduled to close. The appeal will now remain open in the hope it can hit the £1m mark. Donations can be made online by credit card, debit card or PayPal, or by phone on 0151 284 1126. We are unable to accept cheques. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 07:14
Seabed permits given to 17 projects from companies including Scottish Power, Shell, BP and SSE The Scottish government is in line for a windfall of almost £700m after the largest ever auction of the country’s seabed plots attracted bids from big oil and renewable energy companies hoping to build next generation windfarms. Crown Estate Scotland has awarded oil companies including BP and Shell, and renewable energy veterans Scottish Power and SSE, permission to lease the Scottish seabed where they plan to build enough windfarms to power the equivalent of 23m UK homes a year. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 06:26
Some families say purifiers turned down by heads prioritising cleaning and open windows in absence of DfE guidance Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Parents who offer to donate air filters that limit Covid transmission in their children’s classrooms are being turned down by some schools, say parents’ groups. As headteachers report disruption caused by soaring staff absences, parents are buying high efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filters to supplement the 7,000 additional units that will be offered to schools in England by the Department for Education (DfE). Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 05:05
Former justice secretary defends police and crime bill as it reaches final stages in parliament The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill that has sparked “kill the bill” demonstrations across the country is a “proportionate” response to recent protests such as those by Insulate Britain, the former justice secretary Robert Buckland has said. Protesters took to the streets in cities across the UK at the weekend to rally against the police and crime bill, which is reaching its final stages in parliament and will be considered by the House of Lords on Monday. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 04:22
Fish Legal calls for Environment Agency to reveal details on 2,000 sites under investigation A campaign group is challenging what it says is an information blackout imposed by the Environment Agency on its investigation into suspected illegal sewage dumping in England. The inquiry began after water companies admitted to the agency they may have been illegally discharging raw sewage from treatment works into rivers and streams. Continue reading...
01/17/2022 - 02:45
It’s been dubbed the perfect invader, but the marbled crayfish may offer a sustainable food source and even help prevent disease Small, bluish-grey and speckled, it would be easy to overlook the marbled crayfish. Except for the fact it is likely to be coming to a pond or river near you soon – if it is not already there. The all-female freshwater crustacean has become a focus of fascination for scientists in recent years, due to its unique ability among decapods – the family that includes shrimps, crabs and lobsters – to clone itself and quickly adapt to new environments, as well as the fact that it has spread exponentially. The marbled crayfish was first recognised in 1995, when a biology student bought a bag of crayfish – sold to him as “Texas crayfish” – from American traders at a pet fair in Frankfurt. After becoming a burden to their new owner due to their inexplicably rapid rate of reproduction, he distributed them to friends who, in turn, dumped them in rivers, lakes and toilets, from where they spread rapidly, throughout Germany, much of mainland Europe and most profusely, the island of Madagascar, home to unique but extremely delicate freshwater ecosystems. Continue reading...