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31 05 2020 | 08:46

UK approval for biggest gas power station in Europe ruled legal.

High court rejects challenge after ministers overruled climate objections of planning officials. The UK government’s approval of a large new gas-fired power plant has been ruled legal by the high…

25 05 2020 | 09:00

Bristol reveals plans to pedestrianise historic centre in Covid-19 revamp.

Mayor sees pandemic as chance to change travel habits and revitalise city. A scheme to turn part of Bristol’s historic centre into a pedestrian-only zone within months has been set out as part of…

24 05 2020 | 09:13

Renewables Surpass Coal in Both the U.S. and U.K. in Historic Firsts.

April 2020 was the first month ever that renewables generated more electricity than thermal coal in the United States every single day, while across the Atlantic, the United Kingdom's rapid…

21 05 2020 | 11:47

Climate Assembly UK concludes in world transformed by coronavirus

Health crisis pushed emissions down public agenda – but there’s growing appetite for global reset. When 110 people gathered at a hotel in Birmingham in January for the UK’s first citizens’ assembly…

21 05 2020 | 11:45

'Car-Free Zones' Launching in London.

Following in the footsteps of leaders in Milan and New York City who are heeding global calls to #BuildBackBetter from the coronavirus pandemic, London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday 

18 05 2020 | 12:08

UK takeaway food waste rises during coronavirus lockdown.

Survey shows food waste generated has risen from £111 to £148 per restaurant per week. Food waste generated by UK restaurants dishing up takeaways during the lockdown has risen as a result of…

15 05 2020 | 08:05

Analysts point to green recovery as route to ‘Shovel-worthy decade”.

From prominent international economists to an (almost as prominent?) Canadian think tank, there’s a widening consensus that green investment in projects that are “shovel-worthy” as well as “shovel-…

11 05 2020 | 07:51

Vattenfall secures new deal to provide low carbon heating to London homes.

Vattenfall Heat UK has secured the right to capture heat from Cory Riverside Energy’s energy from waste facility at Belvedere, developing a heat network that could supply local households. The new…

11 05 2020 | 07:45

UK's coronavirus recovery should have green focus, Johnson urged.

Climate advisers call for work and training in low-carbon heating, water efficiency and flood-protection Restarting the economy and getting people back to work after the coronavirus lockdown should…

07 05 2020 | 08:20

UK coronavirus deaths more than double official figure, according to FT study

FT estimate has been updated to reflect latest mortality trends. The coronavirus pandemic has already caused as many as 41,000 deaths in the UK, according to a Financial Times analysis of the latest…

02 05 2020 | 07:46

April 2020 provisionally sunniest on record for UK.

Although many of us have seen a marked change in the weather today the provisional early statistics show that for the UK as a whole it has been the sunniest April on record (figures dating back to…

02 05 2020 | 07:39

Pollutionwatch: why has particle pollution increased under lockdown?

Air pollution from traffic has dropped but particles also come from gas heating and agriculture. News reports have focused on reductions in air pollution from traffic during the lockdown, but…

02 05 2020 | 07:17

Could Microsoft’s climate crisis ‘moonshot’ plan really work?

The tech giant’s pledge to go carbon negative by 2030 leans heavily on nascent technology such as machines that suck carbon out of the air. Microsoft drew widespread praise in January this year…

02 05 2020 | 07:00

Why Britain’s 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are an eco disaster.

With only one in 400 cups recycled, and even those barely ‘green’, the hunt is on for an alternative. Britain gets through 2.5 billion of them every year, and the number is set to increase. But…

29 04 2020 | 09:34

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

This year is on course to be the world’s hottest since measurements began, according to meteorologists, who estimate there is a 50% to 75% chance that 2020 will break the record set four years ago.…

27 04 2020 | 06:19

CCC to amend 2020 work programme in light of coronavirus.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has announced plans to amend its advisory reports and offer advice to ministers on building a climate resilient coronavirus recovery in line with the UK’s 2050…

25 04 2020 | 12:55

Gas Goes Green: Networks unveil plan to deliver world's first zero carbon gas grid.

Major new project aims to help ready UK gas grid for hydrogen and biogas switchover The UK's gas network operators have set themselves the ambitious target of delivering the world's first zero…

25 04 2020 | 12:40

Environmental charities fear huge nature and climate cost from coronavirus crisis.

Green groups come together to warn that welcome financial support from government is failing to go far enough A group of leading UK nature, science and conservation organisations have today warned…

19 04 2020 | 07:32

How COVID-19 could ruin weather forecasts and climate records.

As climate- and ecological-monitoring projects go dark, data that stretch back for decades will soon contain coronavirus-associated gaps. Twice per year, Ed Dever’s group at Oregon State University…

13 04 2020 | 07:34

‘We won’t slow down’ on climate: EU reacts to COP26 postponement.

The European Commission “took note” of the UK’s announcement to postpone this year’s UN climate summit but stressed its “strong commitment” to the global climate agenda, as nations grapple with the…