Michael Gove made a comeback in June 2017, with the
prime minister bringing him back into cabinet by appointing him environment secretary.
In the 2016 reshuffle he was sacked as justice secretary after serving as
David Cameron's education secretary and chief whip in the
Tory-Lib Dem coalition.
Despite campaigning alongside Boris Johnson for
Brexit, he withdrew his support for Mr Johnson to be
Conservative leader and prime minister following the referendum, choosing instead to stand himself. He was eliminated in the final round of voting by MPs, coming third.
next then for Mr Gove? Well, let's not dwell on that for now.
Perhaps we should concentrate on the present position as
Environment Secretary, though we do wonder just a little about
the Climate Change question when he was the Education Secretary
and what he may be thinking about ocean plastic pollution.
main concern in reducing our carbon footprint and working on how
to achieve that, given that we only have 14,000 charge points to
cater for 25 million registered vehicles.
- The Conservative
environment minister, who
was summoned to Europe concerning Britain's poor air quality
after the High Court ruled that the UK was in violation of
Agreements with the EU. This was after ClientEarth's successful
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GOVE - UK BREACHED AIR POLLUTION LAWS
JANUARY 2018 - Air pollution: Michael Gove summoned by EU to explain UK's illegal levels
The Environment Secretary is invited along with eight other European ministers from countries that have violated legal limits for pollutants
- so we are not alone - but we could have been leading the race if
concepts like the Bluebird
service forecourt system had been supported back in 1996 - yes that
is how long ago such proposals were on the table.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been asked to attend a meeting of the European Commission in Brussels, to explain why the UK still breaches legal
air pollution limits.
Britain is one of the five member states that have received a “final warning” from the commission after persistently surpassing limits for
nitrogen dioxide levels.
The meeting which is set to take place at the end of the month, will be an opportunity for Mr Gove and other European politicians to discuss air quality and how to protect “a basic quality of life” for European citizens.
Poor air quality resulting from pollutants including nitrogen dioxide have been linked with deadly health conditions such as heart disease and lung
Experts have estimated air pollution kills 50,000 people annually in the UK alone.
Last year the nation was warned it would face a European Court of Justice case if the nitrogen dioxide problem was not dealt with.
Environment ministers from Germany,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were also called to attend the meeting on 30 January.
All the invited ministers represent countries that have been violating air quality limits for key pollutants.
The invitations came from EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, who will chair the meeting.
“Every year, more than 400,000 Europeans die prematurely as a consequence of poor air quality,”
Mr Vella wrote in a blog post explaining his decision to call the ministers to Brussels. “Our job is simple. It is to help reduce and ultimately do away with these numbers.”
Mr Vella emphasised the importance of EU member states sticking to the limits they have agreed to and stated the measures already in place in those states will not be enough to meet existing targets.
“It is the improvements, not the process, that interests Europeans,” he wrote. “It is no use telling the parent of a 7-year-old child with chronic bronchitis that things will improve by 2030. Much less telling the daughter of a 70-year-old woman with COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] that the air quality will be better in 10 years’ time.”
The EU provides funding to its member states to help tackle air pollution, and has implemented a number of measures to deal with emissions from power plants and vehicles.
“It’s not a good look when a government that promised environmental leadership has to be chivvied by Brussels into doing something about illegal air pollution,” said Rosie Rogers, head of
Greenpeace UK’s clean air campaign.
“Michael Gove promised to make cleaning up our cities’ air a top priority but has little to show for it as yet.”
Ms Rogers added that diesel vehicles were responsible for the vast majority of air pollution from road transport, so bringing the proposed ban on the sale of new
diesel cars forward from 2040 to 2030 would be an effective strategy.
This chimed with a report released earlier this week by the Committee on
Climate Change that called for most new car and van sales to be electric by 2030.
Ms Rogers also recommended that the Government support local authorities with the introduction of clean air zones in the areas of the UK worst affected by air pollution.
Next week the Government will appear in court as part of case brought by legal activist group ClientEarth.
The group has previously stated there were “major flaws” in the UK’s plans to tackle air pollution.
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it would respond to Mr Gove’s invitation in due course. “Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5bn plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions,” the department said.
It also noted that the majority of air pollutants in the UK are currently below the legal limits, and said a key reason the nation missed targets was the failure of European emission standards for
diesel cars to deliver the expected emission reductions of nitrogen oxides.
“We are at the forefront of calls for the EU to introduce real driving emissions testing which is essential in meeting our air-quality goals, the first stage of which came in for new models of vehicles in September 2017,” it added. “We continue to actively engage at a
European and international level to tackle
DELHI NOVEMBER 2017 - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in the Indian capital of New Delhi on a day where the city’s levels of pollution are so high that it has been likened to a ‘gas chamber’.
Experts say that in some parts of the city, residents breathing the polluted air will smoke the equivalent of 50 cigarettes.
future King of England has been outspoken about marine
litter and joined forces with the Ellen
MacArthur Trust to find ways of reducing single use plastic for
BBC NEWS 12 JUNE 2017 - DID MICHAEL GOVE REALLY TRY TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE TEACHING
Did Michael Gove really try to stop schools in England from teaching about climate change in geography?
His ministerial return, as secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, has prompted a wave of claims that Mr Gove tried to remove the teaching of climate change when he was in charge of the education department.
"This is a man who tried to stop young people in our schools learning about climate change, who tried to take it out of the geography curriculum," said Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party.
On social media, these claims about climate change have been linked with pictures of Mr Gove's visit to the newly elected President Trump, as though their awkward thumbs up were evidence of some kind of global compact.
But is there any substance to the claims?
Anyone taking geography GCSEs or A-levels this summer will wonder what the row is about, because pupils will have been grilled - probably the wrong word - about climate change and global warming.
And there are plenty of references to climate change in the national curriculum for younger years.
Climate of suspicion
But the row about "climate change denial" goes back to a controversial rewriting of the geography curriculum when Mr Gove was education secretary.
In a draft version, climate change was conspicuous by its absence, prompting a wave of petitions and lobbying demands for its re-inclusion.
And when the final version was produced, climate change had been reinstated.
But instead of ending the argument, there was still a lingering fog of claims about political attempts to stifle the subject.
And the Department for Education had to publish a statement denying that climate change had been removed.
But what really happened?
People who were close to Mr Gove during this time say that the climate change allegations have taken on a life of their own, a Westminster version of an urban myth, without any foundation.
They say it's a complete misreading of what happened - and that rather than downplaying the teaching of climate change, it was to be bolstered by moving it to science.
And in the end, after a consultation, Mr Gove took the decision to keep teaching it as part of geography.
Another source said that climate change ended up being taught in geography and in science, so it hadn't been cut - so it was a meaningless row.
But there are also different versions of events.
Another very senior figure, close to the curriculum reforms, said that shifting climate change into science might have been the "formal" argument.
But they suggest that there was also an "instinctive" distrust of the topic, with lessons about climate change seen as having an underlying, politically driven agenda.
This became a political "tussle", it's claimed.
Another person involved in the rewriting of the geography curriculum remembers ministerial interventions and political horse-trading.
They describe attempts not to "stress the human causes" of climate change as an attempt to placate the "right wing of the Conservative party".
Mr Gove was described as wanting to make specific changes to the wording.
This was the era of the coalition government - and it is claimed that the row was resolved behind the scenes after the intervention of the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
It was also suggested that "Nick Clegg was deployed" - as the deputy prime minister was sometimes involved with such departmental disagreements.
Although Mr Gove might have become the lightning rod in this row, it's worth noting that much of the controversial coverage about cutting climate change from geography was not about Mr Gove at all.
Tim Oates, who chaired the panel reviewing the national curriculum, argued it should be about core scientific knowledge, rather than issues, such as climate change, that might stem from that.
Such topics should be left to teachers to decide to teach rather than be prescribed, he said.
This had prompted reports that climate change "propaganda" was going to be dropped.
In a statement on Monday, Mr Oates said there had been "a lot of knee-jerk reaction and misunderstanding in media reports at the time".
"The debate the national curriculum panel had was not over whether children should understand climate science - I believe that they should.
"The debate was about what fundamental concepts they needed to learn at an early age in order to understand climate science."
"I am not a 'climate change denier' and I never have been," said Mr Oates.
There are other arguments underlying all this. Should ministers, political figures moving in and out of departments, really get involved in the detail of what pupils are taught? Or should this be the domain of subject specialists and education professionals?
And the school climate has changed too. Academies do not have to follow the national curriculum - so for most secondary schools, such requirements no longer even apply.
A spokesman for Mr Gove's new department, Defra, said: "The secretary of state wanted to enhance climate change in the national curriculum when he was education secretary. It was never his intention to remove it."
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