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With half the sector now in its sights Ofwat is right to start talking tough
Has Ofwat woken from its slumbers? There are encouraging signs. On the troubled issue of sewage – specifically, the vast quantities of the stuff pumped into rivers – the water regulator in England and Wales is suddenly talking as if it means business.
“From what we have seen so far, the scale of the issue here is shocking,” said David Black, chief executive, in unusually strong language as he added South West Water, owned by quoted group Pennon, to the list of firms targeted with enforcement cases connected to the management of treatment works.Continue reading...
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Labor will rely on Abbott-era climate policy to deliver the bulk of emissions cuts to hit its 2030 target. It must avoid making the same policy mistakes.
The post How Labor might transform Abbott’s climate policy and actually cut industrial emissions appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Nairobi biodiversity talks end in stalemate, prompting open letter to world leaders calling for action before Montreal conference
UN biodiversity negotiations have reached crisis point due to a lack of engagement from governments, leading NGOs have warned, three years after experts revealed that Earth’s life-support systems are collapsing.
Last week, countries met in Nairobi for an extra round of talks on an agreement to halt the human-driven destruction of the natural world, with the final targets set to be agreed at Cop15 in Montreal. Governments have never met a target they have set for themselves on halting the destruction of nature despite scientists warning in 2019 that one million species face extinction, and that nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history.Continue reading...
More than half of listed companies need to lift climate performance to limit warming to 1.5C -report
Regulator expands investigation after suggestions water firm was not complying with legal obligations
The regulator Ofwat has expanded its investigation into the dumping of raw sewage to include South West Water after finding “shocking” failures in the way the majority of water companies run their waste treatment works.
Ofwat said on Tuesday it had extended its inquiry after heightened concerns about South West Water’s environmental performance and suggestions it was not complying with its legal obligations.Continue reading...
Exclusive: Campaigners say funding could provide incentive to restart fracking if moratorium is lifted
Fracking companies are likely to be eligible for tax breaks, potentially worth billions, that the government is extending to oil and gas companies to encourage new exploration of fossil fuel resources.
Combined with high gas prices, the extra funding – which amounts to a subsidy, according to campaigners – could provide a strong incentive to restart fracking operations if a moratorium in the UK is lifted, which could happen as early as this week.Continue reading...
Hornsdale big battery fined over response to market when country's biggest coal unit failed, and AGL wind farms fined over settings in lead up to South Australia blackout.
The post Tesla big battery fined for failing to deliver promised capacity when coal plant tripped appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Professor says link to extreme weather sometimes overestimated but climate costs underestimated
Climate change is to blame for the majority of the heatwaves being recorded around the planet but the relation to other extreme events impacts on society is less clear, according to a study.
“I think on the one hand we overestimate climate change because it’s now quite common that every time an extreme event happens, there is a big assumption that climate change is playing a big role, which is not always the case,” said Friederike Otto, a climate change and environment professor at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, who was one of the lead authors of the research.Continue reading...