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the amount of plastic pollution is expected to treble in the next decade

‘Stop treating seas as a sewer,’ MPs urge in bid for protection treaty

Paris agreement for the sea recommended as rates of plastic pollution to skyrocket — A new global agreement to protect the seas should be a priority for the government to stop our seas becoming a “sewer”, according to a cross-party group of MPs. Plastic pollution is set to treble in the next decade, the environmental …

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taxes and charges paid by transport users cover less than half the true cost

Pollutionwatch: transport’s true cost to the environment

Our polluting behaviours are subsidised by taxes and a lowering of quality of life — The “polluter pays” principle feels like natural justice. We would all agree factory owners should be responsible for the pollution they cause. But this idea is less supported when we are the polluters and have to pay more. A European …

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MPs call to expand post-Brexit green programme across whole government

Indications that Britain’s new environmental watchdog will be government-funded raise questions about its independence, the National Audit Office said — The UK government’s plan to replace EU environmental oversight must extend across policy areas such as business, transport and communities, the National Audit Office (NAO) warned on Wednesday. The government’s 25-year environment plan, published a …

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the planetary health diet allows an average of 2,500 calories per day

New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future’, say scientists

‘Planetary health diet’ would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate change — The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world. The …

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Empty car shows and stalled solar as sanctions keep Iran dirty

Innovation flees after Trump reimposes sanctions, environmentalists and government say that puts the country on a dangerous path — With its empty platforms and chairs, a deserted car show in Tehran would delight most ecologists. Not Hamed Ghazi, a softly spoken Iranian from environmental NGO Cheeco. Far from representing a change of heart towards cars …

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diesel-powered vehicles are likely to be the worst offenders in causing air pollution

UK failed to enforce EU air quality standards – what will happen after Brexit

Government has astonishing record of fighting demands to meet legal obligations — Air pollution was until recently regarded as a problem mainly for those whose health was already compromised or vulnerable in some way: the very old, the very young, and those with existing respiratory problems such as asthma. Thanks to groundbreaking research in the …

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household wood-burning stoves will come under new restrictions

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, government claims

UK proposals include new regulations on farmers, wood-burning stoves and diesel cars — The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends. Farmers will be subject to such air …

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the uk's clean air strategy aims to slash particulate matter

UK anti-pollution drive undermined by leaving EU, say campaigners

As he launches new restrictions on pollution secretary Michael Gove says Brexit is a chance to go greener, but NGOs worry the regulatory bite is missing — Britain’s latest clean air strategy sets significantly tighter air pollution limits than the EU’s, but could lack the regulatory teeth to enforce them after Brexit. In the strategy …

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beef cattle stand at a ranch in this aerial photograph

Why eating less meat is the best thing you can do for the planet in 2019

Eating meat has a hefty impact on the environment from fueling climate change to polluting landscapes and waterways — Recycling or taking the bus rather than driving to work has its place, but scientists are increasingly pointing to a deeper lifestyle change that would be the single biggest way to help the planet: eating far …

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the ocean cleanup system 001 during testing in the great pacific garbage patch

Great Pacific garbage patch $20m cleanup fails to collect plastic

Engineers at the Ocean Cleanup project are working on a fix to stop collected debris leaking back out from the 600m barrier — A giant floating barrier launched off the coast of San Francisco as part of a $20m project to cleanup a swirling island of rubbish between California and Hawaii, is failing to collect …

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