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Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

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England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.Its chairwoman, Emma Howard Boyd, said on current trends, global temperature could rise between 2C and 4C by 2100 and £1bn a year would need to be spent on flood management.She said some communities may even need to move because of the risk of floods.The government said it would be seeking evidence for its own flood policy in the autumn.Ms Howard Boyd, launching the consultation on the agency’s flood strategy, said government policy should ensure that all publicly-funded infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050. “We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high fl
Climate change: Electric car target ‘needs to be sooner’

Climate change: Electric car target ‘needs to be sooner’

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The UK government's plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too tame, advisers will say.Drivers will benefit if electric cars come to dominate the new car market a full decade earlier, they will claim.The Committee on Climate Change believes the cost of electric cars will be similar to that of petrol or diesel vehicles by 2024-5.But the speed of installing charging points will have to radically improve to cope with the coming demand.What is the current policy?The UK government's current policy is to insist that by 2040, all new cars and vans sold in the UK should be zero emissions - that means electric or hydrogen. But critics have pointed out that would mean some older petrol and diesel vehicles will still be on the roads after 2050...
Climate change being fuelled by soil damage – report

Climate change being fuelled by soil damage – report

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Climate change can't be halted if we carry on degrading the soil, a report will say.There's three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon's being released by deforestation and poor farming.This is fuelling climate change – and compromising our attempts to feed a growing world population, the authors will say.Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, built over, or harmed by over-watering.Hurting the soil affects the climate in two ways: it compromises the growth of plants taking in carbon from the atmosphere, and it releases soil carbon previously stored by worms taking leaf matter underground.The warning will come from the awkwardly-named IPBES – the Intergovernmental Science-Pol
Greta Thunberg: Teen activist says UK is ‘irresponsible’ on climate

Greta Thunberg: Teen activist says UK is ‘irresponsible’ on climate

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Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has described the UK's response to climate change as "beyond absurd".In a speech to MPs, the Swedish 16-year-old criticised the UK for supporting new exploitation of fossil fuels and exaggerating cuts to carbon emissions.She was invited to Westminster after inspiring the school climate strikes movement.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said "we have not done nearly enough".In her speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Miss Thunberg said the UK was supporting shale gas fracking, greater exploitation of North Sea oil and gas fields and expanding airports."This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind," she said.She also described t...
Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests ‘diverting’ London police

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests ‘diverting’ London police

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Police are being diverted from "core local duties" that keep London safe by the Extinction Rebellion protesters, Scotland Yard has said.More than 500 people have been arrested since Monday, including three charged with gluing themselves to a train.Police rest days have been cancelled over the bank holiday, as more than 1,000 officers are deployed in London.Sajid Javid said the climate activists had "no right to cause misery" and the Met Police "must take a firm stance".Officers have also been asked to work 12-hour shifts, while the Violent Crime Task Force has had leave cancelled."This will have implications in the weeks and months beyond this protest as officers take back leave and the cost of overtime," a Met Police spokesman s...