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CHINA VOWS TO ‘MAKE SKY BLUE AGAIN’
The Premier of China, Li Keqiang has pledged to ‘move faster’ to address the country’s mounting environmental issues – in particular the thick toxic smog that pollutes huge swathes of the country’s airways.
The new environmental commitment comes in response to mounting levels of public discontentment and protesting, which finally seem to have forced environmental matters to the top of the leadership’s agenda. Go team.
INDIA SLASHES PRICES OF CANCER DRUGS BY UP TO 86%
India’s national drug pricing authority has introduced a cap on the price of around 800 important medicines including a number of key cancer drugs, cutting prices by up to 86%.
The cap affects a range of drugs, including important medicines used in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, bacterial infections and blood pressure, and on the whole reduces costs by an average of 25 to 50 per cent.
UK CARBON EMISSIONS FALL TO SAME LEVEL AS 1894 – THE YEAR WE INVENTED THE CAR
The UK’s carbon emissions have fallen by more than 50%, bringing the current total down to roughly the same level as 1894 – the year that the first petrol-power car was patented.
Don’t get too excited though - Dr Simon Evans, Carbon Brief’s policy editor, said the figures were no reason for the UK to become complacent, and reminded us that we’re still bang on track to miss our emission reduction targets set for the mid 2020. Sick.