Data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shows that 9% of new houses built between 2017 and 2018 were built on land with at least a one in 100 chance of annual river flooding, or a one in 200 chance of sea flooding. … [Read more...] about UK weather: Fears flood defences may burst as rivers reach highest levels in history
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Why is the government stopping sales of it? The moisture in the wood is a vector for pollutants that can cause breathing problems, heart ailments and lung cancer. When burned, damp wood produces more smoke than dry logs. This includes tiny particulates known as PM2.5 that are more harmful than bigger flakes of soot because they can penetrate deep into the respiratory system and bloodstream. Government figures show coal and wet wood is responsible for 38% of PM2.5 pollution in the UK, three times as much as road transport. … [Read more...] about Coal and wet wood burning: how will UK restrictions work?
Earlier in the day the outgoing president of the European parliament, Martin Schulz, had called for MEPs to be given a bigger role in negotiations. As a concession, MEPs will now be invited to preparatory meetings with EU diplomats, which Tusk described as “a very constructive method of our co-operation”. But he was clear EU leaders, with the European commission, would be in charge. … [Read more...] about EU leaders spend ’20 minutes’ on Brexit, after May returns to UK
“It remains unclear at this point how many of those positive attributes will remain in place once the process of the UK’s exit from the European Union has been completed. It is therefore not yet possible to draw any firm conclusions regarding the long-term location for the headquarters of the group.” … [Read more...] about Vodafone among firms that may move HQs from post-Brexit UK
Blockchain is a digital ledger that provides a secure and public way of making and recording transactions, agreements and contracts; its best-known use is bitcoin, the virtual currency. The database is shared across a network of computers and becomes a long list of chronological transactions that have taken place since the beginning of the network. … [Read more...] about UK in strong position to be leader in crypto economy, report says