Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study

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Only one in 10 of the world’s electric utility companies are prioritising investment in clean renewable energy over growing their capacity of fossil fuel power plants, according to research from the University of Oxford. The study of more than 3,000 utilities found most remain heavily invested in fossil fuels despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse…

Rampant destruction of forests ‘will unleash more pandemics’

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Scientists are to warn world leaders that increasing numbers of deadly new pandemics will afflict the planet if levels of deforestation and biodiversity loss continue at their current catastrophic rates. A UN summit on biodiversity, scheduled to be held in New York next month, will be told by conservationists and biologists there is now clear…

Londoners claim toxic air from gasworks damaging their health

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Residents in Southall are calling on the government to urgently investigate the health impact of the redevelopment of an old gasworks in light of research suggesting the mainly south Asian community is highly susceptible to air pollution. For a year the Guardian has followed the Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (Cash) campaign as they…

Up to half of world’s water supply stolen annually, study finds

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Between 30% and 50% of the world’s water supply is stolen each year, mainly by agricultural interests and farmers, yet the crime itself is not well understood, a new international study led by the University of Adelaide says. The lead author, Dr Adam Loch, from the university’s Centre for Global Food and Resources, said there…

Legal challenge over UK’s exclusion of incinerators from emissions target

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An environmental campaigner is mounting a legal challenge to the government’s decision to exclude waste incinerators from its post-Brexit carbon emissions trading scheme designed to bring the UK to net zero emissions by 2050. Georgia Elliott-Smith, a sustainability consultant who is fighting the expansion of the Edmonton incinerator, is seeking a judicial review of the…