Labour to set out plans to decarbonise UK and fulfil green jobs pledge

Party says Labour government would tackle climate change by starting economic revolutionLabour is to set out how the UK can move swiftly to a decarbonised future to tackle the unfolding climate crisis and put “meat on the bones” of its promise to creat…

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Sainsbury’s-Asda deal risks environmental harm, say campaigners

Regulators told shortcuts may be taken as pressure grows on producers from price cutsThe proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda puts too much power in the hands of large retailers and will have a damaging impact on the environment, regulators have bee…

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$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth

The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years after multibillion dollar investments in a new generation of plastics plants in the US.

Fossil fuel companies are among those who have ploughed more than $180bn since 2010 into new “cracking” facilities that will produce the raw material for everyday plastics from packaging to bottles, trays and cartons.

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Sadiq Khan asks car manufacturers to give funds towards tackling London’s toxic air

Mayor has written to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen urging them to contribute funding to help combat UK pollution as they have done in Germany

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to three leading car manufacturers asking them to contribute to the fund set up to tackle the capital’s air pollution crisis.

Khan has accused BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen of “double standards” after it emerged they had paid £223m to the German government’s Sustainable Mobility Fund for Cities earlier this year, but have given nothing to the UK.

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Why my ‘gig economy’ review favours gradual change over quick fixes | Mathew Taylor

My report has been misunderstood by some. It advocates opening up new possibilities that could offer significant benefits for workers and unions

• Matthew Taylor led the Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

In the city of Gotha, 142 years ago, the German Social Democratic party inspired by Eduard Bernstein infuriated Karl Marx by deciding that socialism could be achieved through reform rather than revolution. In 2017, a week after the prime minister launched my independent review of modern employment, the reaction shines a light on today’s manifestation of that classic political dilemma.

First, some clarification. Perhaps because the review’s full 120 pages and 54 recommendations weren’t made available until after the launch, many people gave reactions before they could get their head round the detail. This led to some false impressions.

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Southern reaches new agreement with train drivers’ union Aslef

Members turned down previous proposal to solve dispute, but leaders say new deal offers solutions to their concerns

A fresh deal aimed at resolving the long-running row between Southern and the biggest train drivers’ union has been agreed, the two sides said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of commuters have faced chaos since the dispute began last year.

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