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Improving the carbon footprint of the heavy industries of the United Kingdom

4 mn read In November 2015, it was announced by the UK government that the remaining fourteen coal power stations would be closed by 2025. The most recent to close was Aberthaw Power Station, which shut its doors on 31st March 2020, after half a century of business. At its peak in 2013, the plant generated enough electricity to illuminate 3 million homes every year. Carbon Brief deputy editor Dr Simon Evans tweeted about the closure, “Another UK coal plant is closing. 1,500MW Aberthaw B in Wales to close, citing “challenging” market conditions. Just FOUR remain: Drax, West Burton, Kilroot, and Ratcliffe.”

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A cabinet divided: Conservative MPs rebel against UK Prime Minister’s new post-lockdown restrictions

3 mn read The second lockdown in England is set to end at midnight on Tuesday, 1st December. Restrictions that will replace it draw similarities to the tier system imposed before lockdown was reinstated in November. However, many MPs are planning to vote against the regulations. After a month-long “circuit-breaker” across the mainland, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced […]

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Exclusive: COVID-19 puts Britain on lockdown for second time, opposition councillor criticise: fewer people are believing PM

4 mn read The UK sees England enter its second major, national lockdown of the year in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19. What was once deemed an extreme, draconian move to save lives, has become an internationally recognised method to intervene in the fast-spreading nature of coronavirus. The newly dubbed “Lockdown 2.0” is expected to be observed across the whole of England, with restrictions on travelling to or from Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, as well as other parts of the world.

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Exiled pro-democracy activist writes to UK Foreign Secretary requesting further sanctions on Hong Kong and Chinese governments

4 mn read Honcques Laus (19) was exiled from Hong Kong after becoming aware that he was wanted under China’s National Security Law. Despite being exiled to the United Kingdom, Laus is keen to emphasise that he is still fighting for the civil liberty of Hongkongers. He has now written to Dominic Raab requesting the United Kingdom to apply Magnitsky sanctions to officials within the governments of Hong Kong and China. The new sanctions would be imposed on the likes of Carrie Lam for her involvement in the infringement on the rights of Hongkongers.

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UK steps up the war against pollution as environmental groups protest right-wing media’s “inaccurate reporting of climate crisis”

5 mn read The British government has officially stepped up its fight against single-use plastics by confirming that the carrier bag charge will be extended to all retailers from April 2021. The charge was first introduced in 2015, allowing the government to successfully prevent billions of plastics bags being sold and ultimately ending up in the environment.

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UK Foreign Secretary’s commitment to efficient foreign aid spending rumoured to be guise for slashing the budget

4 mn read Evidence-based recommendations to ministers, called for by the Foreign Secretary under new reforms to the independent body that scrutinises UK aid, are now expected to drive valuable development spending overseas. According to PM Boris Johnson, taxpayers in the UK are to see “maximum value” and more significant aid spending because of the reforms.