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Butterfly World in St Albans to close

File photo of a Clouded Yellow butterfly Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Butterfly World sanctuary in St Albans is to close after making losses.

Launched by Sir David Attenborough, the tourist attraction is currently shut for the winter, but confirmed it would not be reopening.

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Calls to make Oxford Street car-free

A campaign to pedestrianise Oxford Street will be launched today. Walking charity Living Streets is calling on all the mayoral candidates to prioritise making the street car-free before next Christmas.

Cyclists make their way through the traffic on Oxford Street Credit: Reuters

The 1.2 mile stretch is already Europe's busiest retail street. According to a TfL survey, the street is predominantly visited by people looking to shop (60% TfL survey 2013). But charity Living Streets says that every six days a person gets hit by a vehicle along Oxford Street. In fact, one in four of London's collision hotspots are in, or around, Oxford Street

The situation is about to reach breaking point on Oxford Street. As it is, it's horrendously overcrowded but with Crossrail due to open in 2018 we're looking at a significantly bigger problem. We must act now to reduce overcrowding, sky high pollution levels and an unsafe environment.

– Sarah Williams, Living Streets' London Campaigns Manager

MPs say no Heathrow expansion unless environmental conditions are met

The Government should not give final approval to Heathrow expansion until the airport can show that it accepts and will comply with key environmental conditions. That is according to a report from MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee.

A third runway at heathrow has been a controversial topic Credit: Reuters

The report says Heathrow has to show it can have a third runway and yet reconcile this with legal air pollution limits; commit to covering the costs of surface transport improvements; commit to introducing a night flight ban; and show that an expanded Heathrow would be less noisy than a two runway Heathrow.

The purpose of this inquiry was not to reopen the debate over where extra airport capacity should be located or whether it should take place at all. It was to examine the implications of the Airports Commission’s recommendation for a third runway on climate-changing emissions, air quality and noise – and what Government and Heathrow should do about them.

– Environmental Audit Committee Chair, Huw Irranca-Davies MP
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