Interesting news today….
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New diesel cars exceed EU pollution limits
A new report from sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has found nine out of ten new diesel cars break new EU pollution limits when tested in real world conditions rather than on test tracks. On average, the cars emit seven times the level of NO2 gasses permitted in new emissions rules called “Euro 6”, with the worst car producing 22 times the legal limit. The research follows suggestions from ministers on Saturday for more low-emission zones in a number of cities and pollution charges for diesel vehicles. A consultation document, launched by Defra, states that local authorities in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton should “consider access restrictions for certain types of vehicles” to cut nitrogen dioxide. Authorities in London have already said all but the cleanest diesel cars entering the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020 will have to pay £12.50.
The Guardian, Page: 11 Independent i, Page: 13 Daily Star, Page: 23
MP wants unlimited refugee numbers
Labour MP Rachael Maskell has provoked criticism after saying that communities should accept longer waits for hospital treatment and larger school classes to take in more Syrians and others fleeing wars. Jane Collins, Ukip MEP for Yorkshire, said: “It matters a lot to hard-working taxpayers that they get the services they pay for and that their children get the best education possible.” Laura McInerney argues in the Guardian that Britain must take on the children, despite the potential burden on the country’s education system.
The Guardian, Page: 42 Daily Express, Pages: 7,14
Science teacher recruitment in crisis
According to research published today by the National Science Learning Network (NSLN), of more than 1,200 science teachers surveyed, 61% had considered quitting. Many said that although they loved teaching, there was too much paperwork and unrealistic expectations were placed on them. Overall, the Government is missing its targets for trainee science teachers by 22%. A Government spokesman said: Our recruitment campaign, Your Future Their Future, is attracting new people and encouraging top graduates to consider training to teach priority subjects like maths, physics and computing, and we continue to offer bursaries worth up to £25,000 and prestigious scholarships.”
The Guardian, Page: 40 Financial Times, Page: 12
Fixing school meals gaps
Birkenhead Labour MP Frank Field argues that in order to halt the decline of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), all local authorities should be given the duty and accompanying powers in law to automatically register all eligible children for free school meals. He cites councils such as Calderdale which is using housing benefit records to do just this, and urges others to follow the practice.
The Guardian, Page: 36