Air Pollution Reaches High Levels Across London

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UK: MPs urge binding decarb target and charges for air pollution

UK MPs are urging the government to approve the 2030 carbon target – saying the country “cannot afford further delays” in setting the fifth carbon budget following the signing of the Paris agreement.

This would cut emissions 57 percent from 1990 levels. The Energy and Climate Change select committee says investors need certainty and setting the target would signal the UK’s commitment to phasing out fossil fuels.

The UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee has also said that more “clean air zones” are needed to discourage high-polluting vehicles from entering city centres. More than 40,000 people die a year in the UK because of exposure to outdoor air pollution.

And EDF executives have been called back to parliament to explain the French economy minister’s comments that the decision for the £18bn Hinkley nuclear plant could be put back to September. It had been expected in May at the latest.

Chernobyl 30 years on: Anniversary marked yesterday

Yesterday marked three decades since an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. The area is now a wildlife reserve and tourist destination.

The meltdown was the worst nuclear disaster in history, and candle-lit vigils for those who died were held at several churches, including in the Slavutych – a town used to re-house workers who lived hear the plant.

Oil markets: BP profit report loss, Venezuela blackouts

BP has reported its second consecutive quarterly loss, with the Gulf of Mexico spill charges and low oil price still impacting their balance sheet. It said yesterday it could cut capital spending further due to Q1’s 80% drop in profits. Share prices responded well to the results, however.

And Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered 2.8 million government workers to only work a two-day week in an bid to save energy. Venezuela has been hit hard by the oil price drop and a drought that has lowered its hydroelectric capacity.

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