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04 03 2021 | 07:39

UK accused of ‘rank hypocrisy’ over Cumbria mine as it hosts coal phase-out summit.

‘Ending coal use, whether for power generation or for industry, is crucial for facing down the climate emergency,’ said one campaigner. The government has been accused of “rank hypocrisy” as it…

04 03 2021 | 07:20

Climate crisis to blame for at least ‘1,500 UK heatwave deaths’ since 2000, study estimates.

Research produces ‘very broad estimate’ of the number of deaths from the 2003 and 2018 UK heatwaves that can be attributed to human-caused climate change. At least 1,500 heatwave deaths in the UK…

03 03 2021 | 08:39

Thousands of homes to be heated by first-of-its-kind ‘poo-power’ system

Thousands of homes could soon be heated by human waste in a first-of-its-kind “poo-power” system. Thames Water plans to use excess heat recovered from the sewage treatment process to warm more than…

26 02 2021 | 08:37

UK’s largest emitters should pay carbon taxes, says citizens’ climate jury.

A panel of 23 citizens from Tees Valley and County Durham also said the UK’s journey to net zero should ‘increase equality in society’. The UK’s biggest emitters should be made to pay carbon taxes…

17 02 2021 | 09:17

First UK homes with hydrogen boilers and hobs to be built by April.

Government says two properties in Gateshead will offer public a glimpse of the ‘potential home of the future’ The UK’s first homes to be fitted with boilers and hobs that run on hydrogen rather than…

16 02 2021 | 10:24

Storm Christoph flooding a harbinger of worsening ‘climate shocks’, warns Environment Agency.

The flooding caused by Storm Christoph is a harbinger of worsening “climate shocks” in the UK, the chair of the Environment Agency has warned. England and Wales faced a deluge this week as the storm…

12 02 2021 | 07:30

Economics' failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’.

New measures of success needed to avoid catastrophic breakdown, landmark review finds. The world is being put at “extreme risk” by the failure of economics to take account of the rapid depletion of…

12 02 2021 | 07:27

More than 12 million UK people face severe health risks or death caused by climate crisis, study says.

Having a home flooded may cause post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme heat inflates risk of heart disease, researchers say. More than 12 million people in the UK face serious health problems –…

12 02 2021 | 07:18

Government criticised for including big polluters in ‘Build Back Better Council’.

BP, Heathrow and Jaguar Land Rover are among the companies represented in new business council launched by Boris Johnson. The government is facing criticism for including big polluters over green…

09 02 2021 | 09:18

UK electricity from renewables outpaces gas and coal power.

In 2020 wind turbines provided almost a quarter of electricity, and in EU renewable energy outperformed fossil fuels. The UK’s renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first…

09 02 2021 | 08:49

UK North Sea oil rigs release as much CO2 as coal-fired power station – study

Rigs burn off enough unwanted gas to heat 1m homes, UK regulator said last year. The UK’s North Sea oil rigs release as much carbon dioxide as a coal-fired power plant every year by deliberately…

09 02 2021 | 08:30

How the Queen came to own the seabed around Britain.

An auction of offshore plots for future windfarms is being held by the Crown Estate. The Queen’s ownership of the British coastline is as old as the monarchy itself. But her right to collect…

08 02 2021 | 14:35

Big Oil Grabs New Generation of U.K. Offshore Wind.

(Bloomberg) — Oil majors are poised to develop the next generation of major British offshore wind farms after BP Plc and Total SE won contracts in an auction ahead of many of the utilities that have…

08 02 2021 | 14:26

Experts pile pressure on Boris Johnson over 'shocking' new coalmine.

‘Bizarre’ decision to go ahead with Cumbrian mine criticised as UK prepares to host climate summit. Pressure is growing on the government over its support for a new coalmine in Cumbria, as the UK…

03 02 2021 | 09:32

Warning over mental health effects of floods in the UK

We must do more to combat effects of global heating on housing, says climate expert. Substantial work still needs to be done to protect houses from flood damage and to ensure homes do not…

03 02 2021 | 08:16

US firm running eco grants scheme has won multiple UK government contracts.

Virginia-based ICF has been awarded more than 80 government contracts in the last five years. The American corporation running the UK green homes grant has been awarded multiple government contracts…

01 02 2021 | 09:44

UK supermarkets sold 900,000 tonnes of plastic packaging in 2019.

Existing efforts to fight enormous wave of waste are ‘drop in the ocean’, campaigners say. The UK’s 10 leading supermarket chains collectively sold 900,000 tonnes of plastic packaging in 2019, a…

27 01 2021 | 11:55

Drax launches initiative to improve green skills for one million people.

Drax is the UK’s first energy company to make a pledge to boost social mobility for one million people by 2025. Drax has announced the target as part of its Opportunity Action Plan developed in…

27 01 2021 | 10:57

Plastic petition by UK nine-year-old gains over 70k signatures in under a week.

After studying how microplastics damage the oceans, schoolgirl Lizzie wants the government to stop sending waste to developing countries. A petition by a nine-year-old schoolgirl calling on Boris…

27 01 2021 | 10:49

Restoring oceans could create 100,000 jobs and give £50bn boost to economy in UK.

Restoring the UK’s seas could put billions of pounds into the economy by 2050 and bring thousands of new jobs, according to a new report by Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF. The Value of Restored UK Seas’…