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27 09 2020 | 08:52

The Observer view on Boris Johnson's environmentalism.

The prime minister’s green credentials have yet to materialise and his silence on Cop26 is a warning.

23 09 2020 | 10:35

'Lost decade for nature' as UK fails on 17 of 20 UN biodiversity targets.

UK government said it failed on two-thirds of targets, but RSPB analysis is bleaker – and suggests UK is moving backwards in some areas. The UK has failed to reach 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity…

19 09 2020 | 10:34

UK must become global leader in tackling climate crisis, says CBI.

Britain needs to step up and become a global leader in climate action, creating a number of green jobs and boosting productivity to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the CBI…

19 09 2020 | 10:31

The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion.

Reneging on international deals does not put the UK in a good position to lead global initiatives in the run-up to UN climate talks.

19 09 2020 | 10:30

Lloyd's of London expects £5bn in Covid-19 insurance payouts.

Insurance market says claims totalled £2.4bn in first half of 2020, leading to £400m loss. Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market, has said it expects up to £5bn to be paid out in…

15 09 2020 | 10:40

What Happens to Recycled Plastic?Researchers Lift the Lid.

The secretive way in which plastic recycling is handled in the UK carries the potential for the next big scandal. While the government's statutory guidance is supposed to clarify who is responsible, …

15 09 2020 | 10:27

Weatherwatch: heatwaves become silent killer, hitting vulnerable hardest.

At least 300 more people in UK died than average in second week of August. While attention was focused on Covid-19, a spike in death rates in the UK during the second week of August slipped past…

15 09 2020 | 09:48

Boris Johnson accuses Extinction Rebellion of trying to limit public access to news.

National papers missing from some newsagents after protesters blockading Murdoch-owned print sites. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has accused Extinction Rebellion of seeking “to limit the…

07 09 2020 | 10:50

No 10 and the secretly funded lobby groups intent on undermining democracy.

Thinktanks such as Policy Exchange are working to shift power away from state institutions – into the prime minister’s office. To accumulate power, a government with authoritarian tendencies must…

07 09 2020 | 10:39

Extinction Rebellion to block streets in London, Manchester and Cardiff.

XR plans protests next week as activists call on MPs to back a climate emergency bill. Extinction Rebellion plan to block streets in London, Manchester and Cardiff next week as they call on MPs to…

07 09 2020 | 09:43

UK carbon emissions from electricity hit record low in lockdown – report.

Electricity demand fell by 13% in second quarter which helped renewables grow to 40% of energy mix. Carbon emissions from Britain’s electricity system plunged by more than a third during the…

31 08 2020 | 08:04

Britain to get first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from e-waste.

Cheshire-based facility will be world’s first to use bacteria-based recycling processes. The UK is to get its first commercial refinery for extracting precious metals from electronic waste, which…

31 08 2020 | 08:01

PV cheapest power generating technology in UK.

New Government figures indicate that large-scale solar will be lowest cost deploy and maintain over the next two decades. New analysis on electricity generation costs published by the department of…

31 08 2020 | 07:41

Legal challenge over UK's exclusion of incinerators from emissions target.

Campaigner says decision at odds with Paris agreement to achieve net zero by 2050. An environmental campaigner is mounting a legal challenge to the government’s decision to exclude waste…

31 08 2020 | 07:33

Children raised in greener areas have higher IQ, study finds.

Research also found lower levels of difficult behaviour in rich and poor neighbourhoods. Growing up in a greener urban environment boosts children’s intelligence and lowers levels of difficult…

19 08 2020 | 07:16

Boris Johnson poised to stop UK funding overseas fossil fuel projects.

New policy will rule out future loans and guarantees made through UK Export Finance. Boris Johnson is poised to sign off new rules barring the UK government’s chief foreign lender from offering…

19 08 2020 | 06:56

National Grid fires up coal power station for first time in 55 days.

Heatwave brings wind turbines to standstill and causes gas plants to struggle. National Grid has fired up a coal-fired power station for the first time in 55 days after Britain’s record-breaking…

16 08 2020 | 10:07

UK weather: 36.4C recorded on hottest August day for 17 years.

Expert warns of health implications of climate emergency as Britons flock to beaches. As people flock to beaches and parks this weekend after the hottest August day in 17 years, a leading health…

16 08 2020 | 09:58

Is this the end for ‘king coal’ in Britain?

As the black stuff burnt in the UK plummets to a level not seen since the early steam age, we trace its long, deep history and the problems left in its wake. Britain achieved an unlikely status as a…

16 08 2020 | 09:40

UK temperatures pass 34C for six days in row for first time since 1961.

Heatwave continues to cause disruption as flooding and storm warnings issued. The UK has had its longest stretch of temperatures exceeding 34C since the 1960s, as warnings of thunderstorms and heavy…