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UK is endangering people’s health by denying their right to clean air, says UN

World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis — The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s …

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UK recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption

Watchdog examining claims plastic waste is not being recycled but left to leak into rivers and oceans — The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste, the Guardian has learned. The …

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UK ‘will have to intervene in market to meet climate obligations’

Top climate adviser says UN warnings will force the government to act in ways that will be controversial and politically fraught — The UK’s obligations in response to this week’s warnings from the UN over global warming will be controversial and politically fraught, taking the country into “uncharted territory” and testing the political consensus on …

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UK ‘woefully unprepared’ for deadly heatwaves, warn MPs

MPs criticise failure to ensure homes, hospitals, schools and transport can deal with extreme heat — The UK is “woefully unprepared” for deadly heatwaves, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with the government ignoring warnings from its official climate change adviser. https://youtu.be/Avhh6jBU5bc   One in five homes dangerously overheats during heatwaves today, the MPs …

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In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and flooding — The 128-page plan is the second iteration of the UK’s National Adaptation Programme (NAP), which sets out the the government’s approach to dealing with current and future climate change. The first NAP …

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Factcheck: Will climate change bring great white sharks to UK waters

Last week, many news publications reported on “a new study” claiming that climate change could lead several shark species to move into UK waters — The Independent, Times, Daily Mail, Press Association, Guardian, BBC News and the i newspaper were among the outlets carrying variations of the story.   However, Carbon Brief has discovered that …

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As the UK swelters, government plan for extreme heat is criticised

The UK’s new five year plan to adapt to climate change lacks proper action to deal with the rising threat of extreme heat, according to its own advisers — Amid the UK’s big hot, the government has released a climate adaptation plan its own advisory body has said doesn’t do enough to protect citizens from …

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UK passes 1,000 hours without coal as energy shift accelerates

Revival of last eight coal plants when ‘beast from the east’ hit Britain proved to be brief — Britain has been powered for more than a thousand hours without coal this year, in a new milestone underscoring how the polluting fuel’s decline is accelerating. The UK’s last eight coal power plants staged a brief revival …

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Housing and car industries should be ‘ashamed’ of climate record

Failure to build energy-efficient homes and clean cars risks UK missing its carbon targets, says government’s climate adviser — The homebuilding and carmaking industries “should be ashamed” of their efforts to tackle global warming, according to the UK government’s official climate change adviser. Lord Deben, chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), said housebuilders …

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‘Worrying trend’ in UK emission cuts beyond power and waste, says CCC

Progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power and waste sectors has “masked the failures in other areas”, says the government’s official climate advisors — The latest annual progress report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), published today, says the UK now faces a much tougher challenge to tackle these other sectors, in …

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