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Government taken to court over Paying to Pollute

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The Paid to Pollute group formed by climate activists have sued the Government for the public money it wastes on the fossil fuel industry in the North Sea. They have applied for Judicial Review in the High Court, challenging the lawfulness of the UK Oil and Gas Authority’s 2016 Economic Recovery Strategy. According to the …

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UK Ban on Petrol & Diesel Cars from 2030 – Encouragement or Coercion?  

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030 onwards. This is part of a “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear energy, with £4 billion allocated to the plan.  There has indeed been increased …

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Google Announces 11 Initiatives to Receive a Share of €10M in its Aim to Build a Greener Europe Alongside EIT Climate-KIC

As part of its Impact Challenge on Climate, Google has invested €10M in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will fund innovative programs and workshops as the tech giant uses technology in a bid to accelerate Europe’s progress towards a greener, more resilient future. The focus will be on renewable energy, natural …

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Earth Day 2021: Is the UK Likely to Meet the new Carbon Emission Targets?

Governments across the world have made ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions and ensure that global warming doesn’t reach the dangerous 1.5C or 2C increase above pre-industrial levels. From China’s pledge to be net zero by 2060 to the recent US and China climate change commitment,  the environment has been prevalent on policy agendas globally – and the UK is no exception.  …

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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Could Face Trials In The Hague For Ecocide

Jair Bolsonaro, the 38th president of Brazil could face charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “ecocide” and crimes against humanity. Amazon deforestation has spiked a shocking 50% since the far-right President was elected in 2018. William Bourdon, a French lawyer, has submitted a request on behalf of human rights groups and indigenous leaders …

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Putting An End To Fly-Tipping

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New legislation  In April 2020, the House of Commons published a briefing paper regarding fly-tipping, its implications for the environment as well as the penalties and responsibilities derived from it. With continuous discussions regarding the environment and the policies put in place by countries globally to save it, it’s concerning that fly-tipping still occurs and is still …

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Snapshot Update: The Self-driving Apple Car

Apple will commence production of its ‘Apple Car’ – an autonomous vehicle with innovative battery technology – in 2024. Whilst analysts claim its launch might be delayed until 2028, the electric vehicle (EV) and self-driving car market is gaining traction. For example, Volkswagen has pledged to invest €2bn into expanding EV production in China and …

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Snapshot: Investigating Detrimental Oil Spillage in Mauritius

Mauritius is famous for being a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. However, this perception was somewhat tainted ever when a Japanese ship struck a reef on July 25 2020, which then leaked some 1,000 tonnes of oil in the pristine waters. On the 15th August the ship split apart causing …

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