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Scrapping student fees and renationalising the utilities is waste of money, says Chuka Umunna | The Independent

Close Scrapping student fees and renationalising the utilities is waste of money, says Chuka Umunna Ex-Labour MP issues 50-page pamphlet in first policy intervention since launching Independent Group – but denies it is new manifesto Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick Friday 8 March 2019 00:00 Click to followIndy Politics Axeing tuition fees and renationalising…

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imageClose Scrapping student fees and renationalising the utilities is waste of money, says Chuka Umunna
Ex-Labour MP issues 50-page pamphlet in first policy intervention since launching Independent Group – but denies it is new manifesto Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick Friday 8 March 2019 00:00 Click to followIndy Politics
Axeing tuition fees and renationalising the utilities are a waste of money, Chuka Umunna has said, in a first policy intervention since launching the Independent Group of MPs.
The former Labour politician also called for a big tax hike on shareholders receiving dividends , a “hypothecated” NHS tax and state funding of political parties to stop them being “the plaything” of the rich.
The “circus” of Prime Minister’s Questions should be scrapped and MPs moved to a new “horseshoe”-shaped chamber, instead of the big parties squaring off against each other, he added. We’ll tell you what’s true.

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The ideas come in a 50-page pamphlet issued by Mr Umunna in “a personal capacity”, rather than reflecting “a manifesto” of the Independent Group, the 11-strong wouldbe party he helped set up last month .
Nevertheless, they will be seen as Mr Umunna’s attempt to stamp his influence on the grouping, after his appointment as its spokesman but not its leader. Watch more
The Independent Group had suggested it would not issue detailed policies for the near future, to avoid presenting a target for the “status quo parties” – something Mr Umunna himself called “incredibly unwise”.

Now the MP for Streatham, in south London, has published a wideranging personal manifesto, which advocates: Shape Political figures caricatured at German carnival Show all 22 Political figures caricatured at German carnival 1/22 Prime Minister Theresa May is depicted as piercing the economy with Brexit Getty 2/22 US president Donald Trump is depicted as an angel flying behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who is wielding a bloody chainsaw Getty 3/22 Italian Inteior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is depicted as feeding racism and nationalism. He also bears a tattoo of affection for the mafia Getty 4/22 Chairman of Poland’s leading Law and Justice Party (PIS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski is depicted as crucifying liberal Poland Getty Donald Trump is depicted as a raging bull AP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is depicted running towards the EU for asylum AP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is depicted running towards the EU for asylum Reuters Planet Earth is depicted as eating plastic waste EPA The frontside of a float depicting Germany’s far-right party Alternative fur Deutschland (AFD).

.. Reuters …and the backside of the float. Depicting a German nazi AP 11/22 US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin are depicted tearing up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the US recently pulled out of Getty A Catholic bishop is depicted as sleeping on “the merciless processing of abuse cases” Getty Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is depicted as being covered in blood Reuters Donald Trump is depicted as a raging bull Reuters 15/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as sitting on a knackered horse and holding out a carrot AP The horse is called “Koalition” in reference to Germany’s ruling coalition AFP/Getty Images 17/22 The carrot bears the label “AKK”, an abbreviation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union Reuters 18/22 A paper mache figure of a priest carrying an attache case reading “let the children come towards me” is seen during the presentation of the floats for the upcoming Rose Monday parade in Mainz, Germany Reuters 19/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as a rabbit waiting to be shot by her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer AP 20/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as a rabbit waiting to be shot by her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer EPA 21/22 German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is depicted as holding a bent gun that he intends to aim at Chancellor Angela Merkel EPA 22/22 Andrea Naples, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) who are in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party AP Prime Minister Theresa May is depicted as piercing the economy with Brexit Getty 2/22 US president Donald Trump is depicted as an angel flying behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who is wielding a bloody chainsaw Getty 3/22 Italian Inteior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is depicted as feeding racism and nationalism. He also bears a tattoo of affection for the mafia Getty 4/22 Chairman of Poland’s leading Law and Justice Party (PIS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski is depicted as crucifying liberal Poland Getty Donald Trump is depicted as a raging bull AP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is depicted running towards the EU for asylum AP Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is depicted running towards the EU for asylum Reuters Planet Earth is depicted as eating plastic waste EPA The frontside of a float depicting Germany’s far-right party Alternative fur Deutschland (AFD).

.. Reuters …and the backside of the float. Depicting a German nazi AP 11/22 US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin are depicted tearing up the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the US recently pulled out of Getty A Catholic bishop is depicted as sleeping on “the merciless processing of abuse cases” Getty Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is depicted as being covered in blood Reuters Donald Trump is depicted as a raging bull Reuters 15/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as sitting on a knackered horse and holding out a carrot AP The horse is called “Koalition” in reference to Germany’s ruling coalition AFP/Getty Images 17/22 The carrot bears the label “AKK”, an abbreviation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union Reuters 18/22 A paper mache figure of a priest carrying an attache case reading “let the children come towards me” is seen during the presentation of the floats for the upcoming Rose Monday parade in Mainz, Germany Reuters 19/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as a rabbit waiting to be shot by her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer AP 20/22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is depicted as a rabbit waiting to be shot by her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer EPA 21/22 German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is depicted as holding a bent gun that he intends to aim at Chancellor Angela Merkel EPA 22/22 Andrea Naples, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) who are in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party AP
* Replacing privatised utilities with “public benefit companies” – while avoiding the “huge price tag of a 1940s-style nationalisation”
* Means testing tuition fees and reintroducing maintenance grants to help poorer students – without “wasting money on the most prosperous students” by axeing fees altogether
* Ending the “manifest unfairness” of dividend income being taxed at as low as 7.5 per cent – far lower than the 20 per cent basic rate of income tax
* Exploring a hypothecated tax to tackle the NHS “crisis” – whereby the revenue from a specific tax would be ringfenced for the health service
* Overhauling “parliament’s culture and ways of working” – with a circular chamber and a “better way of holding the prime minister to account” than the current question time Watch more.

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Climate change may lead oceans to be as acidic as 14 million years ago

Made in NYC Stock quotes by finanzen.net Global warming is making oceans so acidic, they may reach the pH they were 14 million years ago Business Insider Deutschland Aug. 16, 2018, 11:36 AM If we don’t curtail our CO2 emissions soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago,…

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Climate change may lead oceans to be as acidic as 14 million years ago

imageMade in NYC Stock quotes by finanzen.net Global warming is making oceans so acidic, they may reach the pH they were 14 million years ago Business Insider Deutschland Aug. 16, 2018, 11:36 AM If we don’t curtail our CO2 emissions soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago, killing off marine life as we know it. According to a study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, global warming isn’t the only problem caused by excess CO2 emissions. Our oceans are currently experiencing unprecedented acidification due to rising CO2 levels in the water. If we don’t curb the problem soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago, killing off marine life as we know it.

We already know plastic waste leads to a colossal level of marine pollution and threatens the lives and habitats of many animals and plants.

We also know sunscreen can bleach coral and destroy whole reefs and that even traces of drugs can tip the hormonal balance of various marine animals. Man is to blame for a large portion of the damage the underwater world has been subjected to, but as if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out we’re causing the ocean another problem, according to a study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Global warming isn’t the only problem caused by excess CO2 emissions Research conducted by scientists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that carbon dioxide levels will soon be as high as they were 14 million years ago, when the average temperature on Earth was three degrees Celsius higher. Due to rapid global warming, the pH will have dropped dramatically by 2100. Ocean acidification occurs when the pH of water drops, due to the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere.

One third of CO2 emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the industrial revolution: 525 billion tons of CO2 have been released into the oceans since that period began. Smoke is seen from a chimney in Altay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thomson Reuters The ocean’s pH will soon be as low as it was 14 million years ago The scientists examined the pH value of the water and the CO2 content of the past 22 million years. “Our new geological record of ocean acidification shows us that on our current ‘business as usual’ emission trajectory, oceanic conditions will be unlike marine ecosystems have experienced for the last 14 million years,” said lead author of the study Sindia Sosdian in a statement .

But even the current pH value is alarmingly low: “The current pH is already probably lower than any time in the last 2 million years,” said Carrie Lear, co-author of the study. She added: “Understanding exactly what this means for marine ecosystems requires long-term laboratory and field studies as well as additional observations from the fossil record.” The catastrophic damage to marine life can no longer be averted Though scientists still have to conduct further experiments to establish the precise ramifications this change will entail within the next next few decades, one thing is clear.

If we continue as we have done up until now, the over-acidification will not only kill off existing and future coral reefs entirely; it will cause catastrophic damage to many ecosystems, in which many animals rely on underwater plants for food sources. Read the original article on Business Insider Deutschland . This post originally appeared on Business Insider Deutschland and has been translated from German.

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Single-use plastics banned by EU Parliament – CNN

(CNN) The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021. Final implementation of the legislation is expected in the next few weeks. The law, which was supported by 560 Members of the European Parliament against 35 on Wednesday, stipulates that 10…

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image(CNN) The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021.
Final implementation of the legislation is expected in the next few weeks. The law, which was supported by 560 Members of the European Parliament against 35 on Wednesday, stipulates that 10 single-use plastic items will be banned in order to curb ocean pollution. MEPs also agreed a target to collect and recycle 90% of beverage bottles by 2029. “Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world,” the European Commission’s first vice-president Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for sustainable development, said in a statement. Read More The new plans come after the EC found that plastics make up more than 80% of marine litter, which has disastrous effects on wildlife and habitats. The EU parliament notes that because of its slow rate of decomposition, plastic residue has been found in marine species as well as fish and shellfish — and therefore also makes its way into the human food chain.

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Saving our oceans from plastic pollution 04:47 Under the new European law, tobacco companies will be required to cover the costs for the collection of cigarette butts and manufacturers of fishing gear will also have to pay for the retrieval of any plastic nets that have been left at sea. There’s also a new focus on further raising public awareness, where producers of items such as tobacco filters, plastic cups, sanitary towels and wet wipes will be required to clearly explain to users how to appropriately dispose of them.

The European Commission first proposed the ban in May , which was approved by member states in October. Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic bags in its stomach China last year banned the import of 24 varieties of solid waste , including types of plastic and unsorted paper, putting pressure on Europe to deal with its own waste.

The World Economic Forum estimates that there are about 150 million tons of plastic in the world’s seas. A study published in Science in 2015 suggested that between five and 13 million tons more are flowing into them every year. Research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans by 2050, which has spurred policymakers, individuals and companies into action. European nations began phasing out plastic bags more than 15 years ago.

Dozens of other countries and cities have already imposed bans or restrictions on plastic goods, including microbeads, plastic straws and coffee pods..

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The last straw: European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics | Environment

Vote by MEPs paves way for law to come into force by 2021 across EU. The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban…

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The last straw: European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics | Environment

imageVote by MEPs paves way for law to come into force by 2021 across EU. The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.
The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in all EU member states. The UK would have to follow the rules if it took part in and extended the Brexit transition period because of delays in finding a new arrangement with the EU.
The UK environment secretary, Michael Gove, who has previously sparred with the European commission over who is doing the most to cut down plastic pollution , also wants to curb single-use plastics.

As well as targeting the most common plastic beach litter, the directive will ban single-use polystyrene cups and those made from oxo-degradable plastics that disintegrate into tiny fragments.
EU member states will have to introduce measures to reduce the use of plastic food containers and plastic lids for hot drinks. By 2025, plastic bottles should be made of 25% recycled content, and by 2029 90% of them should be recycled.

The EU is also tackling the scourge of wet wipes that help to clog sewers in the form of “fatbergs”. Wet wipes, sanitary towels, tobacco filters and cups will be labelled if they are made with plastic. Packaging will warn consumers of environmental damage they do by disposing of these items incorrectly.
The “polluter pays” principle will be extended to manufacturers of fishing nets so that companies – but not fishing crews – pay the cost of nets lost at sea.

Frans Timmermans, a European commission vice-president, who has spearheaded the plan, said: “Today we have taken an important step to reduce littering and plastic pollution in our oceans and seas. We got this, we can do this.

Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world.


At the sitting in Strasbourg, 560 MEPs voted in favour of the recent agreement hammered out with EU ministers, 35 against, with 28 abstentions.

The directive only has to pass through formalities before it is published in the EU rulebook. Once that happens, EU member states will have two years to implement the directive.
Every year, Europeans generate 25m tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. More than 80% of marine litter is plastic.

Topics Plastics European Union Marine life Oceans Pollution Europe Wildlife news.

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