Environmentalists have accused the government of weakening regulation on the environment as we prepare to leave the EU.

Despite Theresa May’s pledge last year to create a “world-leading, independent, statutory body” to ensure Ministers stick to their climate change commitments, the UK watchdog will hold no power when it comes to climate change post Brexit.

The watchdog should regulate issues such as ensuring water and air quality remain high as well as protecting wildlife habitats.

Matthew Pennycook, Labour’s Brexit Spokesman, said: “Our EU Membership has been key to delivering and enforcing UK emission reductions. In choosing to exclude climate change from the remit of the environmental watchdog, ministers are deliberately weakening the tools we have to hold them to account. The Brexit process cannot be used as a cover to water down the UK’s leadership on climate change.”

Currently, 55 per cent of the UK’s planned carbon reductions are tied to regulations derived from the EU and would have been enforced by the European Union.

Greener UK, which represents the biggest environmental organisations including Greenpeace, the National Trust and Friends of the Earth, have reported their concern over the omission of climate policy from the watchdogs remit.

The government responded by reassuring that climate change is already covered by the 2008 Climate Change Act which created the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However the CCC only have the power to give advice on the matter.

In July, Greenpeace UK provided a petition with 105,000 signatures to Defra, the Ministry for Environment, to demand that the government keep its promise to create a ‘word-leading watchdog’ after Brexit.

A poll in December 2016 found that 80 per cent of the British public think that the UK should have the same or stronger levels of environmental protection once we leave the EU.

Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus, The Wildlife Trusts, said: “As we prepare to leave the European Union, I believe there is more urgency than ever to make our environmental laws ambitious and meaningful.”

To read more about the work of Greener UK click here.

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The World Bank have launched a Sustainable Development Bond series to raise awareness of the importance of ocean resources.

The international financial institution has plans to raise $3 billion to protect oceans and marine life.

The World Bank have introduced the water bond, along with gender, health and nutrition bonds, to give investors opportunity to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set in 2015.

The focus for the new bond series is to support SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 15, Life below Water.

The bond series is framed by World Water Week, taking place just last week, and the “Our Ocean” conference in Bali set for October.

Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank Chief Executive Officer, said: “Seventy per cent of the planet’s surface is water, yet degraded ocean resources and lack of access to safe water negatively affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people.”

The World Bank said they also “Work with countries to promote strong governance of marine and coastal resources to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, make coastlines more resilient, establish coastal and marine protected areas, and reduce pollution.”

Currently, the oceans are being heavily polluted by land and sea-based activities. This has resulted in 100,000 marine mammals and turtles being killed by plastic litter each year globally.

Arunma Oteh, World Bank Vice President and Treasurer, said: “Following bonds issued earlier this year to raise awareness for gender and health and nutrition, we are pleased to launch this new initiative and engage with investors around another critical topic – clean water and healthy oceans, lifelines for people and economies the world over.”

Read more: World Bank announce first sustainable water bond

The clothing brand has added to their vast eco-friendly clothing line with the launch of their new sustainable jeans.

The S.E.A Jeans, standing for Social and Environment Accountability, are made from organic cotton and are on sale for around £130, depending on the design.

The production of the cotton uses 90 per cent less water compared to regular cotton used for jeans.

Not only are they sustainable, but they have a ‘lifetime guarantee’ which means that if the jeans break or get damaged they will be fixed by Outerknown for free. If they are unrepairable than they will be replaced.

Kelly Slater, Co-founder of Outerknown, said: “S.E.A. Jeans is the greatest example of why we started Outerknown. Our team has pushed every boundary to make S.E.A Jeans the most sustainable they can be. It wasn’t enough just to use less water and organic cotton, we decided to put a lifetime guarantee on them.”

The brand has worked with many sustainable partners, including Saitex, the world’s cleanest denim factory, who recycle 98 per cent of water used in development.

John Moore, the other Co-founder of Outerknown, said: “Jeans are an integral part of our lifestyle, but we are adamant about producing denim only if the manufacturing process could meet our strict social and environmental standards.”

The textile industry is a big source of pollution, globally one rubbish truck of textiles are thrown away every second.

Outerknown are a clothing brand that have made sustainable waves for the past couple of years. They have a range of clothing items that are eco-friendly and fashionable.

Kelly said: “We created Outerknown to smash the formula. To lift the lid on the traditional supply chain and prove that you can actually produce great looking menswear in a sustainable way.”

Explore Outerknown's clothing line here.

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The new sustainable tech accessory company, Nimble, has launched this week.

The online company sell a range of wireless and portable charges starting at around $50, with more stock due to be added imminently.

The products are made from low-impact materials including fully recycled aluminium and plant-based plastics which, unlike regular tech products, have no chemical adhesives. Their fabric blends are made from 100 per cent organic hemp and recycled plastic bottles.

Their packaging is plastic-free, made out of 100 per cent recycled paper and to minimise energy usage they use a clean moulded pulp manufacturing process.

Ross Howe, Co-founder of Nimble, said: “Every day we all use technology to make our lives better, it’s in our hands, it’s on our wrists, it’s all around us but we don’t really think about the impact that has on the world. Nimble’s mission is really to demonstrate a better way forward for the tech industry.”

To ensure their products are ‘one of a kind’ they use the natural mineral crystal, mica, which creates a design where no pattern is the same.

Jon, Co-founder of Nimble, said: “We want to make sure that when our products do reach the end of their life they have a way to be recycled, re-used, repurposed versus just having it end up in a landfill.”

With every purchase you receive a pre-paid return envelope so that you can send old electronics to Nimble’s e-waste recycling partner to ensure that the product is safely recycled at no extra cost.

Kevin, Co-founder of Nimble, added: “Nimble has committed to being e-waste neutral by 2022.”

If you want to find out more about Nimble’s products click here.

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