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Government to review health impact of microplastics

The Government has said it plans to review the impact of microplastics on dietary health following an inquiry that called for further research into the potential harm to humans. Microplastics, which can be small pellets found in consumer goods or fragments of larger plastic items such as bags, are a major cause of marine littering…
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MPs call for action on carbon budget

The UK government must approve the country’s fifth carbon budget as a matter of urgency if investors are to have the confidence to invest in low-carbon energy sources, an influential group of MPs has said. In its report, Setting the Fifth Carbon Budget, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee set out a series of…
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UK is greener thanks to EU

Environmental action in the UK has been “faster” and “more thorough” thanks to EU membership, according to the Environmental Audit Committee. Policy development has also been a “two way street”, the MPs concluded, with the UK influencing the direction and design of specific laws and policies. “The overwhelming majority of witnesses said that there were…
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Government rejects circular economy recommendations

THE MEMBERS of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the UK Government of burying its head in the sand, after its recommendations on circular economy were rejected.                   In its report on how to create a more ‘circular economy’, published in July, the cross-party Committee called…
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Government given ‘red card’ for environment efforts

THE UK GOVERNMENT has been given a ‘red card’ by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) for failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding after it assessed green efforts made since 2010.                     Once elected as Prime Minister in May 2010, David Cameron stated…
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MP’s call for pesticide ban to save bees

THE GOVERNMENT must introduce a precautionary moratorium on three pesticides linked to the decline of pollinators like honeybees, according to a powerful committee of MPs.                   The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Parliament’s cross-party green watchdog, today published its latest report on “Pollinators and Pesticides”.   The EAC…
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Hard choice to swallow

POLITICIANS FEAR the idea. Environmentalists love it. Consumers don’t understand it. And businesses are beginning to trial it. David Burrows investigates the controversial concept of sustainable diets.   Obesity and diet-related illness are on the increase. Fewer young people are being taught how to cook or grow food. And advertisers are targeting kids with junk…
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