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Climate change: Road plans will scupper CO2 targets, report says

Climate change: Road plans will scupper CO2 targets, report says

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The vast majority of emissions cuts from electric cars will be wiped out by new road-building, a report says.The government says vehicle emissions per mile will fall as zero-emissions cars take over Britain’s roads.But the report says the 80% of the CO2 savings from clean cars will be negated by the £27bn planned roads programme.It adds that if ministers want a “green recovery” the cash would be better spent on public transport, walking, cycling, and remote-working hubs.And they point out that the electric cars will continue to increase local air pollution through particles eroding from brakes and tyres.The calculations have been made by an environmental consultancy, Transport for Quality of Life, using data collected by Highways England. Get Britain buil
25% of racial minorities report COVID-19 discrimination, survey finds

25% of racial minorities report COVID-19 discrimination, survey finds

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July 7 (UPI) -- One in four minority Americans in the United States face racial discrimination over fears they have been infected with the new coronavirus, according to the findings of a survey released Tuesday by the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Roughly 33 percent of black, Asian and Latin Americans say they have experienced at least one incident of discrimination related to COVID-19, the researchers found. Advertisement "The early spike in the percentage of people who experienced COVID-related discrimination was attributable -- in part -- to discriminatory reactions to the growing number of people wearing masks or face coverings at the early stage of the pandemic," Ying Liu, a research scientist with the center, said in a press rel...
Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

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July 2 (UPI) -- The amount of electronic waste generated by the global economy is surging -- up 21 percent of over the last five years, according to a new report. The United Nation's Global E-waste Monitor 2020, published Thursday, found household consumers and businesses around the world generated 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste in 2019 -- a record. Advertisement E-waste consists of most any discarded product with a battery or a plug. At current rates, the global economy will produce 74 million metric tons of e-waste by the end of the decade. According to researchers, just 17.4 percent of e-waste is recycled in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Currently, the pace of e-waste growth far outstrips the growth of e-waste recycling. "The environmental consequences are the release of toxic...
Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

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An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests.Green Alliance says the cash is needed for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.Over the past three years, it says that £9bn has been spent on projects that actually increase CO2, like roads.It comes as large UK firms make a promise to "kick-start a new approach" and "put the environment first".The Green Alliance think tank insists though that the funding issue must be solved in the prime minister’s economic recovery speech expected on Tuesday.Its calculations are based on the government’s own assessment of major projects in the pipeline released on 16 June.The government said it is determined to meet carbon targets, bu
Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs, report says

Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs, report says

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Private renters are more likely to be struggling with payments than those who own their homes, new research by the Resolution Foundation suggests.The think tank concludes one in eight private renters have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus crisis began, compared to one in 12 mortgaged home owners.Its report is based on a YouGov survey of around 6,000 adults in the UK.The government says it took action to support renters during the pandemic.The action, which the government calls "unprecedented" includes banning evictions for three months and increasing the Local Housing Allowance.Lindsay Judge, principal policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said renters tended to be in a weaker financial position going into the crisis."They had ...