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Friends of the Earth want next London Mayor to tackle air pollution in the capital



Friends of the Earth has asked the London mayoral candidates to commit to ten polices that will help make the capital a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and visit. They have found that all the main contenders have stronger green policies than the current government, although some do not address the on-going problem of air pollution in the city.

Friends of the Earth drew on expert thinking from scientists, campaign groups, its supporters, and communities facing the worst of London’s environment and came up with ten key policies to test how the next mayor will tackle London’s environmental problems.

They say Londoners are “tired of living in a city that’s filthy” and they want a mayor who will deliver the “cleaner, greener, fairer London they deserve”.

Friends of the Earth have assessed each of the main candidate’s responses to these ten environmental policies and have found that, regardless of who takes the keys to City Hall, all candidates have stronger policies than the Government on new-build housing standards, renewables, preserving nature, fracking, and divestment.

Based on their assessments, the greenest candidates are Sian Berry and Caroline Pidgeon. Sadiq Khan is just ahead of Zac Goldsmith on green policies, but by less than one point.

However, most important to their supporters was cleaning up London’s air – and the lead candiates have failed to impress with their current proposals. They also want London to run on 100 per cent renewables by 2050, and improved housing for London’s renters.

Friends of the Earth campaigner, Sophie Neuburg, said: “Our assessment shows that whoever is the next mayor, Londoners will benefit from greener policies than those of central Government, which has torn up initiatives from insulating cold homes to supporting solar energy.

“The frontrunners have signed up to policies including protecting the greenbelt, opposing Heathrow, and building high-quality, zero-carbon homes.

“On the critical issue of air pollution though, they still need to toughen their plans if Londoners are to be protected from one of the biggest threats to our health.”

Friends of the Earth supporters have expressed that they want the next Mayor of London to make the city greener and healthier, provide affordable high-quality homes for Londoners and protect them from runaway climate change.

Findings from Friends of the Earth highlighted that Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith have made some good commitments on air pollution, but their pledges are not enough to deal with the crisis Londoners face.

The next Mayor of London needs to do more to make London’s air cleaner and healthier. The front-runners need to strengthen their campaigns on how they would plan to address chronic air pollution faced by people in the capital.


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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