ENDS Report Land, Ecology & Development, 5 March 2015

In this week's bulletin, the government rejects MPs' air quality recommendations, Kew Gardens funding is slammed as a 'recipe for failure', the Lords call for a UK Arctic ambassador, and Switzerland becomes the first country to declare its Paris climate pledge

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  • Government rejects MPs’ air quality recommendations

    The government has rejected a number of recommendations for tackling air pollution, including increasing tax on diesel vehicles, but will consider establishing a national low-emission zone network
  • EEA calls for stronger green policies

    Europe needs more ambitious environmental policies if it is to hit its long-term goals for biodiversity and waste
  • Kew Gardens funding a ‘recipe for failure’

    Budget cuts, restrictive government funding, rising costs and reduced donations have led to the loss of more than a hundred jobs and raised fears over the botanic gardens’ ability to sustain its ‘world class science’
  • Switzerland first to declare Paris climate pledge

    A 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 relative to 1990, with some use of offset credits, forms the basis of the UN’s first formal national target ahead of Paris
  • Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador

    A Lords committee report has stressed the increasing importance of the Arctic in geopolitical debates due to its vastly changing environment, and says the UK needs to be more involved

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