Tag: Infrastructure

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta – plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves – tops risk assessment ranking Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and 80% are in India or China, according to a risk assessment. More than 400 large cities with a total population of 1.5 billion […]

One in four cities cannot afford climate crisis protection measures – study

Survey of 800 cities around world finds almost 43% do not even have plan to adapt to impacts of global heating One in four cities around the world lack the money to protect themselves against the ravages of climate breakdown, even though more than 90% are facing serious risks, according to research. Cities are facing […]

Carbon emissions from England’s roads plan ‘100 times greater than government claims’

Exclusive: Experts in court challenge to £27bn programme say official emissions calculations dramatically underestimate figures Carbon emissions from England’s planned £27bn roadbuilding programme will be about 100 times greater than the government has stated, according to expert witnesses in a court challenge. Environmental campaigners are seeking a judicial review of the second roads investment strategy […]

Here’s why Pete Buttigieg’s tax on driving isn’t ready for prime time

For decades, federal roadway maintenance and other infrastructure spending has been primarily funded through a national gasoline tax. If America’s crumbling roads are any indication, however, the tax is not generating enough revenue to keep up with infrastructure needs. For one, the tax has stood at 18.3 cents per gallon for nearly 30 years, meaning […]

From tax hikes to ‘levelling up’: Rishi Sunak faces budget grilling by MPs

Treasury committee hopes to pin down chancellor on investment, the environment, NHS and universal credit Rishi Sunak will face questions from MPs on the influential Commons Treasury committee this week over his spend now, pay later budget plan to combine emergency Covid support schemes with the biggest tax rises since 1993. The chancellor outlined tax […]

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn

British building stock is ill-suited to modern heatwaves, infrastructure experts say Government advisers and leading infrastructure experts have said ministers must do much more to protect the UK’s infrastructure from extreme weather, as the fiercest heatwave in decades gave way to thunderstorms and deluges over large parts of the country. Storm warnings are in place […]

The Guardian view on the green recovery: Britain is being left behind | Editorial

The government talks a good game when it comes to radical policymaking. But its failure to invest in a zero-carbon future tells a different story Senior figures in this government like to view themselves as insurgents against a hidebound Whitehall establishment. This is partly because Boris Johnson won the last election after pledging to “get […]