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Plan to cut US power plant carbon emissions by 32 per cent unveiled by Obama administration

The White House insisted on Sunday it was on strong legal footing as it unveiled details of ambitious carbon-reduction plans that are likely to be fiercely opposed by coal-burning Republican states.

Conservative Government's green policy changes slammed by environment groups

Environment and conservation groups representing millions of people have written to David Cameron to register their "major concern" at the cancellation or weakening of 10 green polices since he was re-elected.

Climate change threatens to wipe £2.7tn off value of private investments

Private investors stand to lose $4.2 trillion (£2.7 trillion) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100 even if global warming is held at plus 2C, a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has warned.

Cardiff University opens first 'energy positive' house in Britain

Britain’s first low cost 'energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.

Most London boroughs fail EU pollution target

All but two of London’s boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

China makes carbon reduction pledge ahead of Paris climate talks

China will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 60-65 per cent from 2005 levels under a plan submitted to the United Nations ahead of crucial climate change talks in Paris later this year.

Circular economy could be worth £29bn to UK economy

Embracing a circular economy in the UK could boost GDP by £29 billion over the next decade, according to research from Imperial College London.

Dutch government climate policy ruled illegal under human rights law

A court in the Hague has declared the Dutch government’s climate policy illegal and ordered it to cut its emissions by at least 25 per cent within five years, in a landmark ruling.

Climate change: Insurance industry must play "strong role" in shaping sustainable future, says UN

As a major source of long-term investment the insurance industry must play a "strong role" in shaping a more sustainable future, according to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

Pope Francis' historic encyclical calls for action on climate change

Pope Francis has finally released his much-expected encyclical on the environment and climate change, with unprecedented warnings over the use of resources, climate, poverty and sustainable consumption.

Onshore wind subsidies to end from April 2016

The Government has confirmed it will end subsidies for onshore wind energy in April 2016, a year earlier than planned.

Swansea Tidal Lagoon under scrutiny over £300m contract to Chinese firm

A £300 million contract with a Chinese company to build a sea wall for the Government’s flagship renewable energy project at Swansea Bay has been called into question amid allegations that it may have been awarded improperly.

Two-thirds of UK workers care about energy efficiency, YouGov poll finds

Research has found that 68 per cent of UK workers take extra care to help make their work place more energy efficient – with 22 per cent saying they care a great deal

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon given Government greenlight

The Government has given planning consent for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

Environmentalist Zac Goldsmith states intention to run for Mayor of London

Conservative MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has revealed he plans to enter the race to become the next Mayor of London. However, in a unique move he will give his constituents the final say on whether or not he will bid to become Boris Johnson’s successor.

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