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Road charging 17-02-2017

London to introduce £10 vehicle pollution charge

Older, more polluting cars will have to pay a £10 charge (€12) to drive in central London from 23 October, the city’s mayor has said. Confirming he would press ahead with the fee, known as the T-charge, Sadiq Khan said:...
Climate change 21-12-2016

Petition calls for Barack Obama to fulfil Green Climate Fund pledge

More than 100 climate and development organisations, along with 70,000 people, have called on Barack Obama to help secure the future of the Paris Agreement by transferring the remaining $2.5bn committed by the US.
Energy 02-11-2016

Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal

Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show.
Transport 19-09-2016

Many car brands emit more pollution than Volkswagen, report finds

A year on from the “Dieselgate” scandal that engulfed Volkswagen, damning new research reveals that all major diesel car brands, including Fiat, Vauxhall and Suzuki, are selling models that emit far higher levels of pollution than the shamed German carmaker.
Airplane emissions could make up 22% of global emissions by 2050
Transport 22-01-2016

Europe lags behind US in tackling CO2 emissions from planes

Europe is calling for a considerably less ambitious carbon emissions standard for airplanes than the US in a new global push to reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change.
EU officials appear to have given ExxonMobil privileged access to TTIP documents
Trade & Society 26-11-2015

TTIP talks: EU alleged to have given ExxonMobil access to confidential strategies

The EU appears to have given the US oil company ExxonMobil access to confidential negotiating strategies considered too sensitive to be released to the European public during its negotiations with the US on the trade agreement TTIP, documents reveal.
Climate change 06-11-2015

World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges

Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.
Global Europe 28-10-2015

TV chef and Greenpeace in Thailand tuna protest

Greenpeace and British TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have launched a protest targeting Britain’s largest tuna importer John West and its parent company Thai Union Frozen Products over the firm’s alleged backtracking on promises to source its fish more sustainably.
Development Policy 23-10-2015

Solar power to light the way for Africa as low-carbon campaign launches

Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Richard Branson and international business leaders have joined politicians from 14 African countries to launch a global campaign to bring solar power to the 620 million people on the continent who must still use kerosene, candles and wood to light their homes and cook.
Development Policy 15-10-2015

Half of world’s wealth now in hands of 1% of population – report

Global inequality is growing, with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population, according to a new report.
Climate change 05-10-2015

UN publishes draft of slimmed-down Paris climate change deal

A new draft of the potential global agreement on climate change, to be negotiated this December in Paris, has been published by the United Nations.
Transport 24-09-2015

UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal

The UK, France and Germany have been accused of hypocrisy for lobbying behind the scenes to keep outmoded car tests for carbon emissions, but later publicly calling for a European investigation into Volkswagen’s rigging of car air pollution tests.
Development Policy 28-08-2015

Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Illiteracy is “a worldwide crisis” that will cost the global economy $1.2tn (£760bn) this year, the World Literacy Foundation (WLF) has warned. More than 796 million people are either completely illiterate, meaning they can’t read or write, or functionally illiterate, meaning they can’t perform basic tasks such as reading a medicine label, the WLF said in a report released on Monday (pdf).
Development Policy 17-08-2015

How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom

A 200ft deep pit gapes where three years ago stood a mountain. Fields where small farmers planted rice and grew fruit are now an industrial site.
Air pollution
Climate change 12-08-2015

UK lobbying for even weaker EU air pollution laws, leaked papers show

Leaked documents show the UK is pushing for watered-down EU air pollution laws to be weakened further, arguing they would cause pit closures leading to substantial job losses and the need to import coal.
Agrifood 10-08-2015

Scotland to issue formal ban on genetically modified crops

Scottish ministers are planning to formally ban genetically modified crops from being grown in Scotland, widening a policy divide with the Conservative government in London.
Development Policy 07-08-2015

Women caught up in conflict failed by underfunding of sexual healthcare

Funding for reproductive healthcare during humanitarian emergencies has increased over the past decade but is still woefully short of the level required to meet growing needs and save lives, according to a recent evaluation of services.
Climate change 03-08-2015

Obama unveils sweeping cuts to power plant emissions: ‘We have to get going’

Six years after first promising to “roll back the spectre of a warming planet”, Barack Obama finally committed the US to unprecedented action against climate change on Monday (3 August), with sweeping new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants that are equivalent to taking 70% of American cars off the road.
Development Policy 03-08-2015

Illegal immigrants face eviction without court order under new UK law

Immigrants living in Britain illegally will face abrupt eviction from rental properties under new laws designed to make Britain a tougher place to live in, the government will announce as it redoubles its response to the Calais migrant crisis.
Development Policy 13-07-2015

Will the next UN Secretary-General be a woman?

Mary Robinson, Nicholas Kristof and other global experts share their thoughts on the potential repercussions of a female UN secretary general. The Guardian reports.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Billions lack toilets, says World Health Organisation report

Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialised West, but are a luxury for a third of the world’s people, according to a report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
Development Policy 16-06-2015

The phone app challenging violence against women in a Mumbai slum

Domestic abuse is rife in Dharavi slum, but a new project uses a smartphone app and trained community workers to improve the reporting of violence.