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  • Bales of paper waste

    EAC launches China waste ban inquiry

    The committee is to hold a one-off evidence session into the impact of China’s ban on certain types of imported plastic and paper, which is threatening the UK recycling industry

  • plastic bottles on ground Photograph: Ratmaner/123RF

    Also in the news: Plastics and promotions

    Five other stories to follow, including the fallout from China’s ban on plastic imports and speculation linking the climate change minister to a cabinet promotion

  • Andy Street, mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotherham, mayor of the Liverpool City Region at Centre for Cities conference in September. Photograph: Alamy

    Local heroes

    With directly elected mayors taking the hotseats in six combined authorities and more powers being devolved to local authorities, can they have an impact on environmental sustainability? Tom Reeve reports

  • The European Parliament has agreed to recycling targets a full 10% lower than it had previously called for. Photograph: Adrian Hancu/123RF

    Circular economy targets to be watered down

    The EU is facing criticism for watering down its recycling targets, but the UK is unlikely to meet them anyway

  • UK commits to working with UN to combat marine plastic waste. Photograph: Tetyana Kochneva/123RF

    Plastic litter cleanup pledge signed by UK

    The UK signed up to 13 resolutions at the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi including the control of plastic waste and fighting antimicrobial resistance

  • COP23 in Bonn concluded with an agreement on technicalities. Photograph: UNFCCC

    COP23 yields slow but measurable progress

    The annual meeting of Paris Agreement signatories resolved some technical issues while leaving unresolved questions about coal and oil

  • Governments are increasingly committed to phasing out coal power. Photograph: Petar Milošević/Wikimedia

    Global grouping plans to make coal history

    The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of countries and regions dedicated to phasing out coal power

  • Twelve other countries have ratified the amendment already. Photograph: Sophon Chartthong/123RF

    UK ratifies global HFC phase-down agreement

    The Kigali Amendment, which would severely restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons, moved a step closer to ratification as the UK became the latest country to sign it

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