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Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Science
A proposal to impose a so-called latte levy on throwaway coffee cups has been questioned by the government.MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee had suggested a charge of 25p for disposable coffee cups to reduce their use.But ministers say it is better for shops to offer voluntary discounts to customers bringing their own cups.MPs says the government's response suggests it is not serious about its promise to tackle plastic litter.Committee chairwoman Mary Creagh said: "The UK's throwaway culture is having a devastating impact on our streets, beaches and seas. Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. "The government's response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action."She said evidence to the committee showed charges work better than di...
Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThree-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned.Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change - the official watchdog - says.The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation - and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under Theresa May.However, it says the UK will fall short of its ambitions unless ministers do more to turn pledges into reality.The warning comes less than a week after the prime minister launched a 25-year plan to protect the environment, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042.The committee agrees the government's recently-published Clean Growth Plan is a big improvement, and ...
Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

World
Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law. In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers also called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it. If the U.S. vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a pre-dawn news conference in Cairo. A two-page resolution adopted by the emergency meeting, which began Saturday night, did not incl...
Ministers want 'ambitious' post-Brexit research deal

Ministers want 'ambitious' post-Brexit research deal

Science
Ministers will aim to negotiate a special status for the UK's membership of the European Union's science funding bodies after exiting the EU.They say they want a "more ambitious agreement" on research collaboration than other non-EU countriesDetails of the government's negotiating stance on science have been published in a position paper.The news has been welcomed by the scientific community as a positive first step.The paper states that the the government wants to "strengthen collaboration" with the EU in science and innovation. "The UK will seek to agree a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration. There are a range of existing precedents for collaboration that the UK and the EU can build on, but our uniquely close re...
Ministers eye £6bn Bradford & Bingley sale

Ministers eye £6bn Bradford & Bingley sale

Business
The Government is targeting a bigger-than-expected sale of mortgage loans taken on by taxpayers during the financial crisis amid continued doubt about the proceeds it will receive from its vast stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).Sky News has learnt that ministers are preparing to sell a £6bn portfolio of buy-to-let and residential mortgages, the vast majority of which were issued by Bradford & Bingley (B&B).Sources said that a smaller chunk of the loan-book being put up for sale relates to assets acquired from GMAC-RFC and Kensington Mortgages before the banking crisis emerged in the UK in 2007, when Northern Rock found itself unable to fund itself in wholesale financing markets.The Treasury had originally identified about £3bn of mortgages to be sold later this year, with Morga