It would be “regrettable” if Boris influences air quality research says MP

Boris Johnson categorically denied claims he is trying to influence research into London air quality yesterday after the chair of parliament’s environment watchdog expressed her concerns. MP Joan Walley wrote to the Mayor of London asking for “assurance” that Greater London Authority funding for research “will not be influenced” by the way results are presented. Her letter […]

Slash VAT for recycled products say MPs

Recycled products should have lower VAT to drastically reduce waste, say MPs. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee also believe the UK should have longer warranty periods for consumer goods and a ban on food waste being sent to landfill. Their new report ‘Growing a Circular Economy – Ending the Throwaway Society’ points to figures […]

Risk 5p plastic bag charge “will be watered down”

MPs today warned that letting small shop owners not use a 5p charge on plastic bags risks “diluting” plans to stamp out litter, waste and carbon emissions. The Queen’s speech confirmed a 5p charge on disposable bags will start from October 2015 in England, after a successful similar scheme in Wales. Scotland starts one in […]

Dodgy UK air quality under MPs’ microscope

Has enough been done to cleanse British air of deadly pollution since the problem was last flagged up by concerned MPs in 2010? That’s what the members of parliament’s environmental watchdog are asking in a new inquiry launched today. Four years ago they recommended six areas for improvement, including Defra’s strategy, more support for local […]

‘Carbon bubble’ threatens UK economy, MPs warn

The financial markets could be creating a “carbon bubble” by overvaluing companies that produce fossil fuels and greenhouse gases – and this poses a serious threat to the economy, MPs have warned. Companies should be forced to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and assess the risk this could pose to their future financial performance, […]

MPs say green levies WON’T increase bills in longer term

MPs have told the Government green levies won’t increase energy bills in the long term, undercutting pledges from Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue. The Prime Minister has repeated his resolve to “roll back” green levies and changes to these are expected in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Thursday (5 December). But Joan Walley MP, […]

MPs urge government not to scrap green homes code

The Government should reconsider its plans to axe the Code for Sustainable Homes in the UK, MPs have warned. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been consulting on plans to scrap the sustainable homes policy as part of its efforts to cut red tape in the house building industry. It suggested getting […]

Cameron criticised for ‘not taking lead’ on Arctic oil fears

Prime Minister David Cameron has been criticised for “not taking the lead” on concerns about the safety of Arctic drilling. The criticism comes as the Government today released its response to advice about protecting the Arctic. Last September Parliament’s environment watchdog advised the Government to press for a ban on drilling in the Arctic until […]

Video artwork on hospital roof highlights air pollution

An artist is projecting a huge video artwork onto the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital, which is located across the river from the Houses of Parliament, to raise awareness about invisible air pollution. After working with lung health scientists from King’s College London, British artist Dryden Goodwin created the animation to be shown on an […]

UK’s “stalled” green economy could slip further

The green economy which David Cameron declared would be crucial in leading the country out of recession has “stalled” and is in danger of slipping further behind, MPs warned today. On the day financial crisis in Europe looked even less likely to clear up with the prospect of Greece exiting the euro firmly on the […]