Aircraft emission fears, Scottish wind power, child labour loophole and dam damned
Aviation emissions harm public health
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an “endangerment finding” at the end of July that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft harm public health and welfare. The finding does not entail immediate action, but could be the basis for emissions-limiting measures later on. According to the finding, domestic and international flights originating in the US contribute 3% of total US greenhouse gas emissions, 12% of US transport emissions and 29% of global aviation emissions. Drew Kodjak of the International Council on Clean Transportation said the finding “triggers a legal mandate” for the EPA to act on aviation emissions. Industry group Airlines for America rejected this, saying “we're already at the edge of feasibility” on cutting emissions.
Scotland could be wind powerhouse
The UK government's ban on subsidies for onshore wind farms should be reviewed because it could cost Scotland billions, according to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. A committee report said that Scotland could be a wind powerhouse, but faces up to £3 billion in lost investment from the May closure of the UK Renewables Obligation to onshore wind. The Renewables Obligation requires UK electricity providers to source a certain proportion of energy from...