Collective degradation of the natural world “has created extreme risks and uncertainties, endangered our economies and livelihoods, and given rise to existential risks for humanity,” according to the Dasgupta Review, published this week.
A study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology has found that small increases in air pollution are associated with more cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of permanent vision loss in people aged over 60.
The Government has updated its guidance on ozone-depleting substances and F-gases to reflect the closure of the window for applying for GB quotas. In addition, it has added guidance on what to do if exports are rejected at an EU border control post.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has drafted a proposal to list chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-17 and chlorination levels ≥45% chlorine by weight as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) in Annex A, B or C of the Stockholm Convention.
All businesses and homes will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption. This is to support efforts to meet a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.