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  1. February 27, 2014

    Lord Deben’s sharp words for Australia’s approach to climate change

    The Abbott government’s move to abandon the carbon tax and other climate measures has been contentious within Australia but...

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    February 11, 2014

    The facts behind flood spending

    The pathetic blame game being played by members of the UK cabinet has obscured details of funding for flood defences. The...

  1. February 10, 2014

    Q&A: Has government faced down flood tide?

    Has spending on flood defences gone down under the current government? Ministers insist not, but analysis by the independent...

  2. December 11, 2013

    Cost savings fear if greenhouse gas targets are scaled back

    Watering down the UK’s efforts to tackle global warming would risk wiping out at least £100bn in cost savings even if shale...

  3. October 3, 2013

    Osborne and Davey poised to clash over green energy targets

    A simmering row between the energy secretary and chancellor over green targets erupted on Thursday as the government’s...

  4. July 2, 2013

    Ed Davey warned against shift in climate change goals

    The UK climate advisory body has fired a shot across the government’s bows over greenhouse gas cuts as another row looms...

  5. May 23, 2013

    Climate committee urges UK commitment to green power until 2030

    The benefits of UK investment in renewable power that will add £100 a year to household energy bills are in jeopardy and...

  6. April 24, 2013

    Climate watchdog eyes tax reform

    Countries such as the UK that have relatively tough rules on cutting carbon dioxide emissions might have to start taxing...

  7. March 12, 2013

    Watchdog praises Scotland’s green record

    Scotland has narrowly missed its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target thanks to an exceptionally cold winter in...

  8. February 27, 2013

    Concerns raised over carbon energy target

    Investors in low-carbon energy will avoid the UK or delay their projects unless the government sets a 2030 target for...

  9. February 11, 2013

    Investors warned over unchanging groups

    Investors should think twice about putting money into especially dirty fossil fuel businesses and other companies at risk...

  10. February 8, 2013

    MPs push for decarbonisation target

    Ministers would have to introduce a contentious decarbonisation target for the power industry by April next year under an...

  11. January 30, 2013

    Plan to decarbonise Scots power

    The Scottish government has announced plans to decarbonise its electricity generation by 2030, putting pressure on the...

  12. January 7, 2013

    Former banker to run energy department

    A former investment banker has been chosen to run the energy department, despite originally missing out on the job to a...

  13. December 13, 2012

    Subsidies to add £100 to fuel bills

    Wind farm subsidies and other green policies will add as much as £100 a year to household energy bills by 2020, and...

  14. December 3, 2012

    Focus on gas plants angers green lobby

    The government is set to announce that gas-fired power could account for half of generation capacity by 2030 – a target that...

  15. Nick Butler

    November 30, 2012

    David Cameron takes a swipe in energy war

    What are we to make of the bizarre events in Whitehall where the prime minister has personally intervened to block the...

  16. November 29, 2012

    PM rejects climate expert for top job

    David Cameron has taken the unusual step of overruling the head of the civil service and quashed the appointment of climate...

  17. September 13, 2012

    Climate target reignites coalition row

    A simmering coalition row over energy policy has burst back into the open as the energy secretary confirmed he was ready to...

  18. July 19, 2012

    Reality tests coalition’s energy reforms

    Within months of taking office in the UK’s first post-war coalition government, the Liberal Democrats’ then energy...

  19. July 10, 2012

    Call for extra £20m flood defences

    As towns across the UK mop up flood damage after what the Met Office says was the wettest June on record, experts warn worse...

  20. June 29, 2012

    Watchdog concerned over carbon targets

    A sharp fall in greenhouse gas emissions last year had more to do with the weather and the weak economy than wind farms or...

  21. March 27, 2012

    Lambert and Gummer head green list

    Sir Richard Lambert, former head of the CBI employers’ group, and John Gummer, the Major government’s environment secretary,...

  22. December 30, 2011

    Campaigners see no need for new runways

    Britain can deal with a steep rise in aviation demand in the coming decades without building any new airports or runways,...

  23. December 14, 2011

    Household energy bills to rise by £100 a year

    Consumers can expect their household energy bills to increase by £100 a year over the current decade to support...

  24. November 2, 2011

    Carbon watchdog warns on shipping

    Shipping’s share of UK carbon emissions could rise from about 2.5 per cent to as high as 25 per cent by 2050 without...

  25. June 30, 2011

    Panel says UK risks missing carbon targets

    The UK has failed to cut greenhouse gas emissions across a range of areas and would risk missing its first set of carbon...

  26. May 16, 2011

    Dubious claims on costs of nuclear

    From Mr Christian Kjaer. Sir, It is misleading of Steve Radley of EEF to claim that “most renewable energy technologies are...

  27. May 15, 2011

    Deal expected to reduce carbon emissions

    Ministers will this week announce a headline agreement to cut carbon emissions by the mid-2020s in a move that will alarm...

  28. May 11, 2011

    Renewables plan needs rethinking

    From Mr Steve Radley. Sir, For business, the debate at cabinet level on how the UK can reduce emissions without damaging the...

  29. May 10, 2011

    Huhne pressed to drop climate targets

    A row between government ministers is threatening to derail the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change, officials and...

  30. May 9, 2011

    Climate panel calls for two more reactors

    Two more nuclear reactors than envisaged initially might be needed within 20 years if carbon reduction targets are to be met...

  31. December 7, 2010

    Nuclear plants’ subsidies attacked

    New nuclear power plants should not receive government subsidies because they are financially viable without funding from...

  32. November 17, 2010

    Huhne sets out energy market reforms

    Sweeping reforms to the UK’s energy market will make it easier for nuclear power generators to build plants, under plans set...

  33. October 20, 2010

    Relief at scale of green economy cuts

    Money for renewable energy will go to ports infrastructure that wind turbine manufacturers want George Osborne wore a green...

  34. October 11, 2010

    CSR threatens good intentions for carbon capture and storage

    From Mr Matthew Spencer and others. Sir, The UK needs strong leadership to drive investment in our future and create...

  35. September 23, 2010

    Carbon scheme is ‘overcomplex’

    Harnessing the elements: the giant wind farm that opened off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent on Thursday will supply more than...

  36. September 16, 2010

    Call for infrastructure overhaul

    Vital infrastructure including roads, water supplies and the power grid must be overhauled as a matter of urgency if the UK...

  37. September 10, 2010

    Warning on target for green energy

    Drastic new measures will be needed if the UK is to meet its target of generating 15 per cent of its energy from renewable...

  38. July 19, 2010

    UK lagging behind on energy investment

    The UK’s spending on the development of new energy technologies is lagging behind that of other rich countries and risks...

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