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10/03/2022 - 06:03
Documents show zones with ‘liberalised’ planning laws could get go-ahead even in the most environmentally protected areas Investment zones with “liberalised” planning laws to accelerate development could be designated within national parks and in the most environmentally protected areas of the UK, government documents reveal. Details of the government’s new zones to increase housebuilding and commercial development reveal councils can apply for zones in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, (AONBs) sites of special scientific interest, (SSSIs) and green belt land. A national park. An area of outstanding natural beauty. A site of special scientific interest, or equivalent designation. The buffer zone of a world heritage site. Designated green belt. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 05:20
Activists from global south demand recompense for damage from countries most responsible for crisis Young people from some of the countries most affected by climate breakdown have warned they are not victims but a force to be reckoned with in the run-up to a UN climate conference in Egypt. Led by climate groups across Africa and the Middle East, hundreds of activists from countries that are the least responsible for the crisis but are experiencing the worst impacts have gathered in Tunisia to prepare for what they say will be a collective fight for justice for their countries and communities, which they will take to Cop27 next month. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 05:00
States have plans to ban gas-powered cars and the White House wants chargers along highways, but implementation is a challenge Speaking in front of a line of the latest electric vehicles (EVs) at this month’s North American International Auto Show, President Joe Biden declared: “The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified.” Most vehicles on the road are still gas guzzlers, but Washington is betting big on change, hoping that major federal investment will help reach a target set by the White House for 50% of new cars to be electric by 2030. But there are roadblocks – specifically when it comes to charging them all. “Range anxiety,” or how far one can travel before needing to charge, is still cited as a major deterrent for potential EV buyers. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 04:49
Oxfam research suggests up to 40% of bank’s reported climate-related spending cannot be accounted for The World Bank has come under fire for failing to show that its claimed spending on the climate crisis is real, in a report suggesting up to 40% of its reported climate-related spending is impossible to account for. Of $17.2bn that the World Bank reported it spent on climate finance in 2020, up to $7bn cannot be independently verified, according to research by Oxfam. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 02:15
Thames, Southern and nine other firms penalised after missing targets on pollution Thames Water, Southern Water and other companies will be forced to cut tens of millions of pounds from consumers’ bills after the regulator said they had missed pollution targets. Eleven water companies will have to return about £150m to customers in the form of lower bills in the 2023-24 financial year, the water regulator for England and Wales, Ofwat, announced on Monday. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 02:00
Poultry farmers from Arctic to Portugal reported 2,500 outbreaks in past year, with migrating birds taking avian flu to North America The UK and continental Europe have been hit by an “unprecedented” number of cases of avian flu this summer, with 47.5m birds having been culled since last autumn, according to new figures. Poultry producers from as far north as Norway’s Svalbard islands to southern Portugal have together reported almost 2,500 outbreaks of the disease since last year. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 01:00
Climate Change Committee chair says measures needed to cut energy bills will also help reach net zero Tackling the cost of living crisis requires insulating British homes as a matter of urgency and deploying renewable energy generation faster, the chair of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has said. Lord Deben, a Conservative former environment secretary, said the measures needed to bring down energy bills were the same as those needed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...
10/02/2022 - 20:00
On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Kevin Augustyn about the changing dynamics of commercial property risk evaluation in a time of sea level rise and climate change. Kevin is the Senior Vice President of Credit Ratings at DBRS Morningstar and recently a co-authored a new report, As Seas Rise, Coastal Commercial Properties Will Need to Batten Down the Hatches, seeking to broadly summarize the growing risks assumed by commercial properties in the coastal zone.  DBRS Morningstar is a credit rating agency and investment research firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. In his role at DBRS Morningstar, Mr. Augustyn covers several esoteric finance instruments and leads Morningstar’s effort to provide credit ratings for CPACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) loans on a national basis. He also serves on the firm’s ESG methodology subcommittee.
10/02/2022 - 16:30
Economic analysis suggests any proposal to allow fracking in Queensland basin would not be commercially viable Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The expansion of fracking in the Lake Eyre basin would be the “absolute height of folly” and its ​​high cost, high emissions unconventional gas could rapidly create stranded assets, a report has found. The basin – home to one of the world’s last major free-flowing desert river systems – sprawls over nearly one sixth of the Australian continent, covering parts of the Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/02/2022 - 12:04
Loss-making venture led by Amit Gudka eyes continent as countries move towards using renewable power The co-founder of collapsed energy supplier Bulb is planning to expand his loss-making battery storage venture into Europe as the energy crisis escalates. Amit Gudka hopes to develop Field Energy, the business he set up after leaving Bulb in February 2021, on the continent as countries attempt to switch toward renewable power. Continue reading...