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The US Government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement has been met with widespread condemnation.

President Trump will announce the US position regarding the Paris climate change deal during the next week.

Investors with USD17tr AUM are pressing the G7 to stand by Paris Agreement with push for rapid implementation.

MEPs, NGOs, EU institutions and specialists are meeting at the European Parliament to discuss the adoption of rights of nature in European law and policy.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funding arm, has awarded a grant to ClientEarth to expand its legal work on improving London’s air quality.

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of a package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. He gave his support saying that, ““For more than 30 years, Lloyds Bank Foundation has supported specialist local charities helping people from the most disadvantaged communities manage mental ill health. We currently provide grants to more than 120 such charities across England and Wales, an investment totalling almost £4.8m (as of Q4 2016), and are in the process of making a number of new grants already this year.

The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University, has initiated a commission on ‘Good Work’. Director Lesley Giles has invited senior leaders in business, trade unions, professional bodies, and the public and voluntary sectors to be part of this task, the results of which will drive the Work Foundation’s strategy over the next two years.

The Government is due to launch its review into executive pay, with Theresa May following up on her pledge to investigate the disparity between pay in the boardroom and the shop floor. After having watered down the idea of placing workers’ representatives on boards, this next review is seen as a critical test of the Governments desire to create a more equal country.

The UN climate talks held in Marrakech, known as COP22, collected together over 200 countries to discuss the implementation of last year’s Paris Agreement.

A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) notes that as air quality is slowly improving, air pollution remains the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe, resulting in an estimated 467 000 premature deaths per year and a lower quality of life due to illnesses.

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