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Conservative's housing right to-buy pledge attacked for being unsustainable

The Conservatives have come under fire after David Cameron pledged to give people the chance of a "good life" by extending Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy scheme to 1.3 million families in housing association properties.

Greens pledge action on climate change and end to austerity in party manifesto

The Green party will launch its manifesto calling for a "peaceful political revolution" to end austerity.

Fossil fuel-divested investments growing faster than those in coal, oil and gas

Investors who have dumped holdings in fossil fuel companies have outperformed those that remain invested in coal, oil and gas over the past five years according to analysis by the world’s leading stock market index company.

Innovative 'hybrid flywheel' promises renewable energy storage revolution

Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could "revolutionise" the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks.

US pledges to cut carbon emissions by 28 per cent ahead of climate talks

The White House pledged to cut carbon pollution by up to 28 per cent on Tuesday, boosting the prospects for an international agreement on climate change at the end of the year.

UN Green Climate Fund can invest in fossil fuels

The UN fund to help developing countries fight climate change can be spent on coal-fired power plants – the most polluting form of electricity generation – under rules agreed at a board meeting.

UK carbon emissions fall by more than a 10th in 2014

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4 per cent last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to Government statistics released on Thursday.

Sir James Dyson donates £12m to train UK's future design engineers

A £12 million donation by Sir James Dyson to Imperial College London has been announced for the launch of a new Dyson school for engineering, which will open its doors later this year.

Wet wipes are major waste hazard on UK beaches

The number of wet wipes washing up on beaches in the UK increased by more than 50 per cent last year, say conservationists, who have urged people to stop flushing them down their toilets.

UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.

Global carbon emissions stay flat in 2014

A slowdown in China’s economic growth helped the world to a pause in the upward rise in greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to data released on Friday.

Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8 bn City Hall pension fund from fossil fuels

Boris Johnson has been told by the London Assembly to pull City Hall’s £4.8 billion pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on Wednesday on a motion in support of the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Good Energy backs trial of first renewable energy online marketplace

The UK’s first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace will be trialled later this year following a deal between green energy supplier Good Energy and tech start-up Open Utility.

Climate change march in London attracts more than 20,000 protestors

Thousands of climate change protesters gathered in central London on Saturday to urge strong action at the Paris climate conference in December.

Green technology must play key role in fight against climate change, says Sir David King

Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK’s top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.

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