Exclusive PUBLISHED: 10:41 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 14 November 2018 Harry Taylor Holborn and St Pancras MP and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer. Picture: PA Wire/Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images Keir Starmer has said the government’s approach to Universal Credit is similar to the “hostile environment” policy that led to the Windrush scandal. The Holborn and St Pancras MP was speaking at a briefing on the projected impact of the new benefit, attended by local charity workers and leaders.He said: “We saw the ‘hostile environment’ from the Home Office when it was the Windrush scandal. It will be the same with the Department of Work and Pensions, that you’re suspected of trying to cheat the system.”The meeting on Monday morning also heard how one food-bank is now having to turn people away, in expectation of a surge in demand for their services as a result of people being worse off under … [Read more...] about Keir Starmer says DWP is operating with a ‘hostile environment’ over universal credit as Camden prepares for full roll-out
The following post is sponsored by The Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy (CRFP).The Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy will host an event Wednesday at noon in Washington, DC, to look at the impact of war on the environment. The event will feature Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, executive editor of The American Conservative. “The biggest impact of war on the environment is toxic exposure and it can come in many dangerous, even lethal forms to the soldiers who fight in war and the innocent people who live in harm’s way. The most unforgivable aspect is when an invading country — the U.S., for example– recklessly or even knowingly exposes soldiers and civilians to harmful toxins and then attempts to ignore or deny it afterward for fear of expensive compensation,” Vlahos said in a statement. “We can see that in the government’s delayed, negligent reaction to the harm caused by 30 million gallons of Agent Orange defoliant sprayed on the ground in … [Read more...] about Event: The American Conservative’s Kelley Vlahos to Discuss the Impact of War on the Environment
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Environment and Forestry Affairs Minister (LHK) Siti Nurbaya Bakar said wood still survives in times of economic turmoil. "This is indicated by the export of processed wood, which tends to increase with round wood production dominated by plantations," Nurbaya stated at a working meeting of the Indonesian Forest Entrepreneurs Association (APHI) in Jakarta on Tuesday. She noted that the value of processed timber exports in 2017 was US$10.94 billion. It had increased compared to that of the previous year, at $9.26 billion. In October 2018, processed wood exports were valued at $10.59 billion. Meanwhile, log production from natural forests amounted to 5.8 million cubic meters in 2017, and logs from industrial plantations amounted to 38 million cubic meters compared to 32 million cubic meters in 2016. These figures show an upward trend in production volume. Production of logs from nature stood at 86.58 percent, which was contributed by the provinces of … [Read more...] about Wood survives in times of economic turmoil: Environment Minister
On Tuesday, when House Democratic Leader Melissa Hortman addressed an election-night crowd after Minnesota’s lower chamber flipped to DFL control, she called for a legislative agenda that includes “keeping our air and water clean.” Hortman’s speech was one of many in a night full of DFL victories, but it also signified one of the more important power shifts when it comes to the debate over balancing jobs with environmental concerns in Minnesota. And while the election didn’t result in a dramatic shift in the status quo — the Senate remains in GOP hands and Tim Walz’s victory continues the DFL’s command of the executive branch — the easing of Republicans’ grip on the Legislature will create a more favorable atmosphere for environmentalists’ priorities on issues such as clean water regulations, said Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. On the flip side, Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, … [Read more...] about The DFL will be in control of the Minnesota House. What does that means for the environment?
PALM oil is everywhere - in our food, cosmetics, cleaning products and even fuels. But some brands are now campaigning against the use of the vegetable oil product in an effort to save the environment. This is everything you need to know. Why is palm oil bad for the environment? Unknown to most people in the UK, palm oil production has resulted in displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity - including the death of hundreds of thousands of orangutans. Palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil and 66 million tons is produced each year. The warm, humid conditions in the tropics are ideal for oil palm farming, which means vast areas of rain forest in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are being wiped out to make room for the plantations. This releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, temporarily overtook the United States as one of the most polluting countries in the world in … [Read more...] about Why is palm oil bad for the environment, what did Iceland’s Christmas ad say about it and how is it involved in deforestation?