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11/08/2019 - 14:00
Exclusive: Aberdeen Standard Investments defends role of environmental groups including Market Forces Global funds management giant Aberdeen Standard Investments has rejected prime minister’s Scott Morrison’s call for companies to listen to “quiet shareholders” as part of a comprehensive rebuff of the government’s attack on activist investors and the environmental movement. The UK’s biggest listed fund manager, which controls assets worth more than £550bn, also defended the role of environmental groups including Market Forces, which has been accused by the attorney general, Christian Porter, of pressuring companies through “widespread, co-ordinated harassment and threats of boycotts”. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 12:51
Brexit poetry | Reporting abuse | Tom Watson’s resignation | Film ratings | GCSE marking | Fracking Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s description of Brooke’s The Soldier as “snivelling ethnocentricity” (Brexit poetry offers pleasure and catharsis, Journal, 7 November) showed a marked lack of empathy for the catharsis of others. During and after both world wars, many soldiers and their wives/widows, children/orphans have found solace in Brooke’s stirring words. One could debate the merits of patriotism, but this poem is not “snivelling ethnocentricity”.Mark ThompsonRomford, Essex • Joel Golby says TI’s behaviour in having his daughter’s hymen checked annually “borders on abuse” (G2, 8 November). Under Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People, every school and college in the land would refer that behaviour for what it is: abuse. Many abusers attempt to justify their actions – we should not pander to them.Liz LeekBarnsley College Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 12:09
Andrew Wheeler’s top agency lawyer argues political staffers have leeway to decide what information to provide to investigation Top political appointees at Donald Trump’s environment agency are hindering an investigation into the agency’s chief of staff, who pressured a prominent scientist to alter her congressional testimony to make it more favorable for the agency, according to an ethics watchdog. In the latest development of the fight, the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has forced the agency’s head, Andrew Wheeler to explain his position in a letter to Congress. Wheeler’s top agency lawyer is arguing that political staffers have leeway to decide what information to provide to the watchdog, while investigators are warning that agency leaders are trying to subvert their legally mandated independence. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 11:42
Red squirrels, a laughing kookaburra and a dehydrated koala Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 11:00
Operator faces choice of weakening 14km barrier or potentially devastating a biodiversity hotspot The biggest hydroelectric project in the Amazon rainforest has a design flaw that poses a “very serious” threat to human life and globally important ecosystems, according to documents and expert testimony received by the Guardian. The studies suggest engineers failed to anticipate the impact of water shortages on the Pimental dam at Belo Monte, which has been closed and turned into a barrier. This is forcing the operators to choose between a structural weakening of the 14km-wide compacted-earth barrier and a reallocation of water in the reservoir or on the Xingu river, which is home to indigenous communities, fishing villages and some of the world’s most endangered species. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 09:28
Labour criticises tender as firm running £400m investment fund awards millions to company it part-owns The private equity firm appointed by the government to manage as much as £400m in investment in electric car charging points has awarded millions of pounds to a company in which it holds a controlling financial interest. Zouk Capital is the largest shareholder in charge point builder Instavolt, having made an £18m investment in the company. Now Zouk has chosen Instavolt as the charge point fund’s first beneficiary, a decision criticised by the Labour party. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 05:02
NGOs report fourfold increases in investments in carbon-reducing projects in developing countries Growing concern about the climate crisis and the “Greta Thunberg effect” are driving huge increases in individuals and businesses choosing to offset their emissions by investing in carbon-reducing projects in developing countries. NGOs and organisations involved in carbon offsetting have seen as much as a fourfold increase in investment from people who want to try to mitigate their carbon footprints. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 03:40
Met Office says 117 flood warnings in place after downpours continued through the night Floods force Sheffield shoppers to spend night in Meadowhall Have you been affected? Share your stories, pictures and videos 3.47pm GMT I’m signing off now but here’s a summary of today’s main flooding news: 3.02pm GMT While flood waters have left many stranded, one woman was determined not to let the weather get in the way of her journey to the shops. Footage captured by a passerby yesterday shows an older woman ploughing through flood water on her mobility scooter. As cars grind past at snail’s pace, the scooter continues in determined fashion. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 00:29
Sheffield shopping centre cut off by rising waters as torrential rain deluges large areas and Met Office warns of more to come UK flooding – latest news live Dozens of people have been trapped in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre overnight after torrential rain caused flooding throughout the city and transport chaos across large parts of northern England. Heavy rain across the region on Thursday made roads impassable and forced the cancellation of train services, while 35 homes were evacuated in Mansfield after a mudlside. Continue reading...
11/07/2019 - 19:49
Seven people unaccounted for, as fuller picture emerges of the devastation• Latest updates: NSW and Queensland fires – follow live At least 100 homes have been destroyed in the New South Wales bushfires, with two people dead and seven unaccounted for. More than 35 people were injured, including 16 firefighters, and 81 fires were still burning throughout the state as of Saturday afternoon. Continue reading...