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“UK to review climate target raising hopes of a zero emissions pledge”

Power Station output at West Burton, near Gainsborough

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The UK is to review its long-term target to cut climate emissions as part of global efforts to curb rising temperatures, the government has announced.

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“UK could create 5,000 jobs by moving to sustainable fishing, says report”

Kevin West, skipper of the Ryanwood fishing boat unloads his catch of mostly haddock at the Peterhead fishmarket, Scotland

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Moving to sustainable catches of the most important species of fish would generate 5,000 new jobs and add more than £300m a year to the economy, after the UK leaves the EU’s common fisheries policy, a new report has found.

“The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-19/u-k-goes-a-record-55-hours-without-coal-as-clean-power-expands

The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in Britain, which went for a record 55 hours without its any of its power plants producing electricity by burning coal.

“U.K. to Seek Ban on Domestic Sale of Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/u-k-to-seek-ban-on-domestic-sale-of-plastic-straws-cotton-buds

The U.K. promises to ban the sale of single use plastic drinking straws and cotton buds later this year in a bid to clean up the world’s oceans.

“Government pledges £5.7m to develop new northern forest”

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Plan to plant 50m trees along 120-mile stretch next to M62 will provide habitat for wildlife as well as help manage flood risk

The government has pledged £5.7m to kickstart the creation of a northern forest that will stretch from Liverpool to Hull.

 

“May Declares War on ‘Scourge’ of Plastic With 25-Year U.K. Plan”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/may-declares-war-on-scourge-of-plastic-with-25-year-u-k-plan

Prime Minister Theresa May will declare war on plastics as she outlines a plan to eliminate “avoidable” waste by 2042, including proposals for new taxes and funding for sustainable alternatives.

“British Ban on Microbeads to Protect Oceans Comes Into Force”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-09/u-k-ban-on-microbeads-takes-effect-to-save-oceans-from-plastics

U.K.’s ban on making products with microbeads — tiny plastic particles in everything from cosmetics to shampoo and toothpaste — takes effect Tuesday in an effort to protect marine life.

“British Politicians Want to Tax Coffee Cups to Cut Waste”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-05/u-k-lawmakers-propose-latte-levy-to-cut-coffee-cup-waste

Britain should introduce a charge of 25 pence (34 U.S. cents) for disposable coffee cups to encourage recycling and reduce waste from retailers including Starbucks Corp. and Costa Coffee Ltd., a panel of lawmakers said.

“Dam it! How beavers could save Britain from flooding”

Have kit, will travel … Supporters say beaver power could be employed on river headwaters to protect Britain’s built-upon floodplains.

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Since their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s engineering skills have reduced floodwater and created a paradise for local wildlife. Should we bring them back for good?

“U.K. Braced for Record-Breaking Wet Winters Blames Climate Shift”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-24/u-k-braced-for-record-breaking-wet-winters-blames-climate-shift

Changing weather patterns caused by increasing global temperatures means meteorologists can no longer rely on historical rainfall records to predict future weather events. Instead, a new supercomputer at the Met Office simulated thousands of possible scenarios using current climate patterns.