Environment and energy

Businesses will cease to exist if they fail to take climate change seriously, the heads of two central banks have warned. The Bank of England governor Mark Carney and François Villeroy de Galhau of France issued the stark warning in an unprecedented open letter. In it, they said climate change was a threat to the global economy and that if industries...
Supermarkets

Plastic bag levy will be doubled to 10p and include all...

England’s 5p plastic carrier bag charge is to be doubled to 10p, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today. The levy will also be extended to all shops, including smaller outlets which supply 3.6-billion single-use plastic bags to customers each year but are currently exempt. Schools in England are also going to be told to do more to cut down on their...

New report reveals Britain’s unhealthy high streets

The health of UK high streets is declining due to a rise in bookmakers, fast-food outlets and other businesses which can have an adverse effect on people’s lives, says...

Rising sea levels threaten UK’s coastal communities

Homes, roads and farmland around Britain’s coast will be claimed by the sea due to climate change, a Government advisory group has warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says...

New refuse collection timetable is rubbished by residents

Refuse collections for 11,000 homes in a Welsh county have been cut to once a month. The initiative has been met with protests by residents and local councillors, who say...
London dementia study

Dementia could be linked to high air pollution levels

High air pollution levels could be a contributory factor in the onset of dementia, a new study from Kings College London suggested this week. Data collected in the capital appeared to show that people aged over 50 living in areas with high nitrogen dioxide levels (NOx) had a 40 per cent higher risk of developing dementia than those in lower...