Extra biodiversity commitment in amended Environment Bill

The government has introduced new amendments to the Environment Bill that will see the UK build on its reputation as a global leader in conservation.

Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness

A study has argued that exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, including significant rises in depression and anxiety.

Decarbonisation of 29 million homes at risk, say coalition

A group of consumer and industry groups have warned that the decarbonisation of 29 million homes at risk due to significant gaps in net-zero plans.

Kingston Council launches new Air Quality Action Plan

Kingston Council has revealed a new ambitious plan to show how it will work over the next five years to improve the borough’s air quality.

All schools to receive carbon dioxide monitors

The government has announced that education settings will be provided with carbon dioxide monitors from September, backed by £25 million in funding.

Hackney to trial new electric vehicle trial

Hackney will be among the first boroughs in the UK to take part in a pioneering electric vehicle trial that could save drivers hundreds of pounds per year.

Ambitious bid aims to create electric bus fleet for Harrogate

North Yorkshire County Council has said that its plan convert an entire Harrogate bus fleet to electric vehicles has taken a step forward.

Emissions drop as climate efforts continue in East Sussex

Environmental efforts have seen East Sussex County Council cut its carbon emissions by over 60 per cent since 2008.

Brighton launches scheme to recycle PPE

An innovative scheme to collect and recycle facemasks, gloves and other PPE has been launched in Brighton & Hove.

Millions of homes could be heated with hydrogen by 2030

The UK’s Hydrogen Strategy seeks to use low carbon hydrogen to replace natural gas in powering around three million UK homes each year.

Three million children going to schools in areas with toxic air

Children in London are four times more likely to go to school in areas with high levels pollution levels than children in the rest of England.

Government must make it easier for councils to tackle climate crisis

Friends of the Earth has stressed that the government must do more to enable councils to play their part in decarbonising the UK.  

Nine in 10 residents support increased biodiversity

A poll has found that 94 per cent of residents want to see increased biodiversity in their area, including the planting of trees and protection of green spaces.

Cumbria staff receive accredited carbon literacy training

Staff at Cumbria County Council are taking part in carbon and climate literacy training that will help to increase their understanding of climate change.

Communities urged to help shape the natural world around them

A consultation has begun on plans for new Local Nature Recovery Strategies across England, as part of the landmark Environment Bill.

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