Green groups urge joint action

The International Charter has supported eight of the UK's leading environmental groups who have joined forces to urge political parties to adopt a joint approach on green issues.
They have produced a 10-point checklist of policies which they say are essential if the UK is to help protect the local and global environment.
The list includes a large investment in energy production and green transport. It also calls for an end to airport expansion and a nationwide housing re-fit to boost energy efficiency.
The groups making the call ahead of the forthcoming political party conferences are Green Alliance, Friends of the Earth, the Woodland Trust, WWF, the Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Greenpeace.
The list also calls for a big increase in the amount of woodland in the UK and the provision of green space within walking distance of every home.
Also on the list is a 40% cut in greenhouse gases by 2020, which environmentalists say scientists argue is needed.