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“Chris Packham warns of ‘ecological apocalypse’ in Britain”

Chris Packham

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/11/chris-packham-springwatch-warns-of-ecological-apocalypse-britain

According to Packham, British people have normalised a “national catastrophe” and only see a wealth of wildlife in nature reserves, with the wider countryside bereft of life.

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“British lawmakers want to force big companies to report on their climate-change risks”

Oil refinery at Grangemouth, Scotland

https://qz.com/1295904/british-lawmakers-want-to-force-big-companies-to-report-on-their-climate-change-risks/

A report by the British parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, published yesterday (June 4), calls for mandatory public reporting by large companies and asset managers, particularly pension funds, on their exposure to climate change by 2022.

“UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution”

Plastic bottles and other rubbish washed up on a British beach

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The chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce in next week’s budget a “call for evidence” on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics such as takeaway cartons and packaging could reduce the impact of discarded waste on marine and bird life, the Treasury has said.

“Climate change drawing squid, anchovies and tuna into UK waters”

Common Squid

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Squid and anchovies, more commonly eaten by Britons holidaying abroad, are being drawn into UK waters in large numbers by climate change, according to major new report that suggests the nation’s long-lost bluefin tuna is also returning.

“Britain faces huge costs to avoid power shortages with electric car plan”

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Britain must plough billions of pounds into new power plants, grid networks and electric vehicle charging points if it is to avoid local power shortages when a planned ban on new diesel and petrol cars begins.

“UK named as world’s largest legal ivory exporter”

Last month two tonnes of ivory were crushed in Central Park in New York, in a display jointly organised by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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The new trade analysis, which is being released ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday, will embarrass the government, after a call by Boris Johnson for “an all out ban” on ivory exports last month.

“Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040”

Petrol pumps

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Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.

“Squid set to top chippy menus as seawater warms up”

fish and chips on a plate

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It is the meal most associated with the UK, along with slurping tea and moaning about the weather. But the great British fish supper could be on the way out, replaced by more continental variations such as squid and chips, as seas continue to warm, the British Ecological Society will be told this week.

“Spectacular bearded vulture spotted for first time in UK”

Adult bearded vulture. Some lammergeier have been released in the Alps as part of reintroduction programmes.

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A spectacular bearded vulture, believed to be the first recorded in the UK, has been spotted soaring over the Severn estuary and moorland in Devon.

If it is confirmed that the vulture, also known as the lammergeier or ossifrage, is a wild bird, it will be the first of its species to be found in Britain and the sightings have already caused ornithologists to rush to the west country hoping for a glimpse.

“UK families blow twice as much money on food waste as they think, research shows”

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British families squander twice as much money on food waste each month as they think they do, according to YouGov research commissioned by Sainsbury’s.

The supermarket said it found that 81% of families of four believe they throw away less than £30 worth of food a month, when in reality they waste nearly double that at £58.30 a month, on average.