Clothes moths’ part in the circle of life | Brief letters

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 9:41am
Taxpayer’s right to healthcare | ‘Falling’ pregnant | Female film critics | Nancy Banks-Smith | Clothes moths

You report (24 May) that Pauline Pennant, a UK citizen living overseas, pays UK taxes through her pension, earned after 30 years working with the NHS, yet is no longer entitled to free healthcare. If she is no longer entitled to this because she lives overseas, then why does she still pay UK tax on her pension and what, or who, is this deducted tax being used for?
Lin Aldridge
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

• Once again we read that a woman “had fallen pregnant” (Landmark conviction for forced marriage, 23 May). Since the word “fall” generally indicates a failure of some kind, isn’t it time to replace this antiquated and somewhat sexist expression with the more factual “had become pregnant”?
Dr Brigid Purcell

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Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:55am

Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk

Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed.

Related: Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

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'We can't see a future': group takes EU to court over climate change

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:25am

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights

Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change.

A case is being pursued in the Luxembourg-based general court, Europe’s second highest, against the European parliament and the council of the European Union for allowing overly high greenhouse gas emissions to continue until 2030.

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Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:12am

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing

New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050 – which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility” – with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero”, as soon as possible.

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'It’s wrong to stink up other people’s lives': fighting the manure lagoons of North Carolina

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 3:00am

Pigs outstripped people in Duplin county long ago - but now the residents are fighting back

Two poles that once hoisted a clothes line stand rusting and unused in Elsie Herring’s back garden in eastern North Carolina. Herring lives next door to a field where pig manure is sprayed and the drifting faecal matter wasn’t kind to her drying clothes.

“The clothes would stink so you’d wash them again and again until they fell apart,” said Herring, whose family has lived in Wallace since her grandfather, a freed slave, purchased land in the 1890s.

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Back from the brink: chequered skipper butterfly takes to English skies again

Guardian Environment News - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 1:07am

Dozens of fast-flying butterflies released in a secret location in Northamptonshire forest after disappearing in 1976

It mysteriously vanished from England after the long hot summer of 1976, but the chequered skipper butterfly is taking to the skies again as part of a bid to revive 20 endangered species.

Several dozen mostly female butterflies have been collected in Belgium and released in a secret location in Rockingham forest, Northamptonshire.

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