UK Election: Lim Dems pledge £100bn climate fund

A Liberal Democrat government would spend £100bn tackling the effects of climate change and protecting the environment, the party’s deputy leader has announced.

Sir Ed Davey said the five-year investment would “jump-start” efforts to combat the “climate emergency”.

The pledge would be funded through borrowing and tax changes, to be set out in detail in the party’s manifesto.

The Conservatives and Labour both have targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Sir Ed, who served as secretary of state for energy and climate change in the coalition government, said his party would “decarbonise capitalism” if elected.

He said a Lib Dem administration would be a “government of business” by stopping Brexit, increasing investment in infrastructure, and promoting new green jobs.

Speaking in Leeds, he also pledged his party would build a new tram or metro system in the West Yorkshire city.

Sir Ed, who is also the party’s finance spokesman, said the climate investment would include a new £10bn “renewable power fund” to leverage more than £100bn of extra private climate investment.

“This will fast track deployment of clean energy, to make Britain not just the world leader in offshore wind, but also the global number one in tidal power too.

“And we will invest £15bn more to make every building in the country greener, with an emergency ten-year programme to save energy, end fuel poverty and cut heating bills.”

The party said the policy would be funded through £85bn of borrowing and £15bn raised through tax changes, which will be detailed in its manifesto.

Sir Ed also attacked the “fantasy economics” of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claiming that the spending plans unveiled by the two parties represent a “debate between fantasies”.

“Fantasies born of nostalgia for a British Imperial past. Competing with fantasies from a failed 1970s ideology.”

Source: BBC News

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Climate Change: Global flood emergency crisis

Global flood emergency, evacuation, disruption, destruction of properties and even death has been seen all over the world in Europe, Asia, African etc

Europe

UK – Evacuations After Heavy Rain and Floods in Northern and Central England. 8 November, 2019. Parts of northern and central England saw around a month’s worth of rain on 07 November, 2019. Rivers in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and most of the north of England. Rescuers pull a boat through floodwater in Fishlake, Doncaster

Italy – Parts of the Italian city of Venice have been left under water after the highest tide in more than 50 years. The waters peaked at 1.87m (6ft), according to the tide monitoring centre. Only once since records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94m in 1966. People wade through water in St Mark's Square

 Asia

India – Monsoon floods hit more than 25 million people in S. Asia By Robin Gomes More than 25 million people are hit by flooding due to the torrential monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Myanmar, with more than half a million people displaced, according to humanitarian groups collaborating with United Nations agencies. Death toll rises to more than 660 in South Asia. Severe floods and lightning kill at least 666 across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan as monsoon takes its toll.

Japan – At least nine people are reported dead as Japan recovers from its biggest storm in decades. Typhoon Hagibis triggered floods and landslides as it battered the country with wind speeds of 225km/h.

Africa

Mozambique – The floods in Mozambique, one of Africa’s poorest countries, have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.

Central African Republic – More than 6,000 people have lost their homes to flooding in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Heavy rains have worsened the plight of residents following the outburst.

South Africa –  Durban floods; Seventy people died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa’s southeast, local authorities said.

Global Initiatives and actions are required to address one of the critical issues of our time.

 

UK Homeless Crisis: 150 homeless families in Oldham

‘Shocking’ figures show that nearly 150 families in crisis are stuck living in temporary accommodation in Oldham.

The town hall’s housing boss told councillors there there are more than double the number of ‘homeless households’ turning to the council for help than last year.

Coun Hannah Roberts told the full council meeting: “The figures are shocking and show a marked increase in families in crisis in Oldham.”

She was responding to a question from St Mary’s ward Councillor Nyla Ibrahim, who asked how many families are living in temporary accommodation waiting for a new home, compared to 2018.

“What action is needed to solve this crisis?,” she asked.

The meeting was told that in quarter two of last year – April 1 to June 30 – there were 67 households in temporary accommodation.

In the same period this year, there were 148 families in temporary accommodation, with 146 still not placed into a permanent home.

Source: Manchester Evening News

Man City Footballer Rahaem Sterling buys row of terrace houses to kick start Fiancee’s Property business

Raheem Sterling’s fiancée Paige Milian, 22, who has a young son with Raheem, announced that they had bought the complex on Instagram .

She wrote: “After months of studying property development, I achieved my qualification to become a property developer in 2018.

 

“We then started a search of properties to add to our portfolio and was then successful in purchasing six brand new houses.

“We plan to add more projects to our portfolio in the future.”

The six new two-bedroom houses are in an unfashionable part of Stockport

The 24-year-old snapped up the six two-bedroom houses in an unfashionable part of Stockport, Greater Manchester, for an estimated cost of £166,000 each.

 

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Climate change: Airlines putting profit before planet through “Fuel tankering”

A British Airways whistleblower has revealed an industry-wide practice that deliberately adds weight to flights, increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Fuel tankering” sees planes filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at their destination airports.

It could mean extra annual emissions equivalent to that of a large town.

BA said it was common to carry extra fuel for “operational, safety and price reasons”.

BBC Panorama has discovered the airline’s planes generated an extra 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year through fuel tankering.

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK’s executive director, told the BBC this was a “classic example of a company putting profit before planet”.

He added: “This is why we can’t afford another decade of believing corporate greenwash and waiting for the voluntary carbon reductions to appear.

“We need tough regulations to limit aviation’s emissions, because so long as there’s money in polluting, they’ll pollute as much as they can.”

Source: BBC News

UK Greetings card chain Clintons in survival talks with Landlords

Greetings card chain Clintons is considering shop closures and rent cuts as part of a survival plan.

The retailer, which has about 2,500 staff, is in restructuring talks with landlords in another sign of the High Street crisis.

A spokeswoman told the BBC no decisions have yet been made.

Clintons was responding to reports on Sunday that it wanted to close 66 out of 332 shops, with landlords slashing rents on most of the other stores.

The restructuring would involve a controversial scheme known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), an insolvency process that allows companies to continue trading while pushing through closures and rent cuts.

A Clintons spokeswoman said “discussions are continuing with our landlords but no decisions have been made”.

But she declined to comment on a Sunday Telegraph report that the company told landlords 90 of its shops were loss-making and that sales were expected to continue to decline.

Source: BBC News

UK Babycare retailer Mamas & Papas has gone into pre-pack administration

British maternity chain Mamas & Papas has reached out to administrators as part of an effort to stem losses in a ‘pre-pack’ deal with administrators Deloitte, resulting in six store closures in the UK and dozens of job losses.

The struggling retailer is the second babycare brand to call in administrators this week after rival Mothercare announced the closure of all 79 of its UK stores on Tuesday.

The ‘pre-pack’ deal between company owners Bluegem Capital, which acquired Mamas & Papas in 2014, and administrators Deloitte aims to cut store losses by selling off assets to other companies within the Mamas & Papas Group.

Six unprofitable stores in Aberdeen, Preston, Milton Keynes, Lincoln, Leamington Spa and Fareham have now closed with 73 members of staff losing their jobs.

A further 54 jobs are at risk as the store looks to “review and simplify” operations at its head office in Huddersfield.

The company says its 26 remaining stores will continue to trade as normal and online orders are unaffected by today’s announcement.

Riccardo Cincotta, Executive Chairman of Mamas & Papas, said: “These actions are always difficult but they are also necessary in a challenging market to ensure Mamas & Papas achieves its considerable future potential.

“We remain fully focused on maintaining our position as the UK’s most popular nursery brand.

Source: Manchester Evening News