Electric cars are the future with the UK slowly coming to embrace the low-emission vehicles. There are currently around 137,000 plug-in cars in the UK, 5,200 vans - all supported by 15,376 charging points. This is a huge increase compared to the 3,500 on the country's roads in 2013. While supporters say they are cheaper to run and better for the environment, others complain they have a limited range and take too long to charge. Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council is asking residents to share their views on electric cars in an online survey as it looks to make the Potteries more sustainable. It comes as the Government has announced that new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040 in a bid to reduce air pollution. In fact, the country is legally committed to reducing emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050 to tackle climate change. A council spokesman said: “Electric vehicles are becoming more common on British roads. “The Government wants Britain to become a … [Read more...] about Are electric cars the future?
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to slash pollution and prioritize living standards over unbridled growth. On the other side of the globe in Bentonville, Arkansas, the world’s largest retailer is signing on.On Thursday, Walmart Inc. committed to cutting 50 million metric tons of carbon emissions from its Chinese operations -- attempting to play good corporate citizen in a country where it’s making increasingly ambitious business investments. China is now the only nation where the retailer has made a specific emission plan public.Walmart says the planned reductions are equivalent to emissions from the annual electricity consumption of 40 million Chinese households. In recent years, more foreign companies have launched environmentally friendly products in China and or extended benefits for workers to stay in Beijing’s good graces. Starbucks Corp. provides health insurance that extends to Chinese employees’ parents, and Volvo AB is investing millions in a … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping Has a New Signup For China’s Pollution Fight: Walmart
More than 50 people have been arrested as they attempted to shut down a power station as part of a week-long protest against climate change, police said. Four people were arrested after they managed to get inside the boundaries of Kingsnorth power station near Hoo, Kent, where up to 2,000 have now gathered for the week-long Camp for Climate Action to demonstrate their opposition to plans to create a new generation of coal-fired electricity plants. A further 19 protestors managed to scale the perimeter fence but were detained by police before they got to the second, while 123 were rescued from the River Medway estuary after attempting to breach the power station from the sea, police said. The climate camp spokesperson said that only four people had to be rescued and they had been picked up by a media boat. There had been up to 30 rafts on the water, the spokesperson said, and only one had been in difficulties. Although the protesters did not manage to carry out their aim of shutting … [Read more...] about 50 arrests at climate camp
Since entering the public spotlight as David Brent in 2001, Ricky Gervais has made enemies of Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, Caitlyn Jenner, trophy hunters and the Christian Church. Unflinchingly offensive and painfully witty, Gervais appears to take pleasure in making audiences both squirm and laugh, as he tears apart taboo topics. Now, the 56 year old writer and performer is back with his latest stage show Humanity. To celebrate we’ve compiled 45 of his best – and often most cringe inducing – jokes from previous shows and The Office. Warning: adult humour follows “Where there’s a will-there’s a relative!” “1st of December, World Aids Day….I don’t think it’ll ever take off like Christmas.” “I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” “It’s gonna be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie calls it: breakfast.” “It seems like … [Read more...] about 45 of Ricky Gervais’ best jokes and one liners
By Ron Bousso (Reuters) – The U.S. energy secretary blasted renewable fuels champions on Wednesday while the head of Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> urged the energy sector to focus on world efforts to cut carbon emissions, revealing a yawning trans-Atlantic gap on climate issues. Speaking at the CERAWeek conference by IHS Markit in Houston, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden outlined an ambitious plan to reduce the Anglo-Dutch company’s carbon footprint and expand in renewables, and called on others to follow. “The energy landscape is changing fast. So we must change, where change is what the world needs,” van Beurden said. He spoke after U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry struck a starkly different tone, blasting the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming. Perry said it was “immoral” to say people should live without fossil fuels. “We are passionate about renewable energy. But the world, especially developing economies, will continue to … [Read more...] about At energy summit, climate pits U.S. against Europe