“The World Bank’s public assistance to upstream oil development in Guyana is a blatant contradiction to Guyana’s climate change priorities and the bank’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement,” said Heike Mainhardt, a senior advisor at Urgewald, a German non-governmental organisation that has tracked the projects. “I am perplexed by the World Bank’s disregard for its own warning.” … [Read more...] about Anger over World Bank’s $55m pledge to Guyana’s fossil fuel industry
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Fife council wants to ban new HMOs in St Andrews. Students say it is their “right” to live in HMOs and are fighting the ban which, after a period of consultation, will be voted on next February. It could be quite a battle: nearly 2,000 students have signed an anti-ban petition and many have registered to vote in St Andrews. A spokesman for the university said an HMO cap “may make affordable accommodation for local people even more scarce”. With a rapid rise in full-time student numbers in the UK – up 660,000 in the last 20 years – there is high demand for student HMOs, which is great news for landlords – some good, some not – but causes problems for locals. … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
DW: Mr. Juncker, in your speech on Wednesday you talked about how powerful and influential Europe can be when it speaks with one voice. But at the same time we have this rift, for example, between Hungary, Poland and other states, that's growing deeper and deeper. How are you planning on resolving this contradiction? … [Read more...] about Jean-Claude Juncker: EU must close ‘gap between East and West’
There are, in fact, plenty of eco-friendly options: Roar Gill's capsules are suitable for composting and cost about £17.50 for 40. Toast Coffee's are the same price and can be thrown in your garden waste. Lost Sheep capsules, £3.95 for ten pods, are made from bark. … [Read more...] about How George Clooney’s Nespresso coffee leaves a VERY bitter taste: JANE FRYER on the troubling aspects of the trendy brew from beans picked by child labour to capsules that are an eco-disaster