George Eustice: This weekend, the Prime Minister is hosting G7 leaders and welcoming them to the Summit at Carbis Bay in Cornwall. Together, the G7 is raising international ambition on tackling climate change and helping our natural world recover – and we should be proud of the leading role that the UK is playing. Already the first “net zero G7”, the world’s leading economies are now committed to deep emissions reductions in the 2020s and to achieving $100 billion a year of climate finance for developing countries – so we keep within 1.5 degrees of warming. And as Environment Secretary, I am determined that we move beyond simply stemming the loss of biodiversity and take action to help nature recover – at home and around the world. Globally, a million species face extinction, ocean health is declining, and deforestation continues apace – clearly, we have our work cut out. We need to make net-zero, nature-positive the norm – and to do this, we must set ambitious targets and demonstrate how we plan to meet them. The UK is already leading at home – by setting a legally-binding target for species abundance for 2030 through our Environment Bill, aiming to halt the decline of nature. We will continue to do everything we can to make this the year in which the world comes together for our planet – and now, we have the whole G7 behind us.
Telegraph 12th June 2021 read more »
Greenpeace has launched legal action against the UK government over ministers’ failure to disclose information over the first deep sea mining exploration licences to be made public. Lawyers acting on behalf of the environmental campaign group first wrote to ministers in March, warning the exploration licenses are error-ridden and possibly unlawful and requesting urgent clarification. Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, government departments must provide requested information “as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after receipt” or, in certain circumstances, up to 40 days. However, Greenpeace has not been notified of any extension, and the deadline for response passed on 19 May.
Independent 13th June 2021 read more »