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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.

GPs to prescribe fuel poor with green home retrofit solutions in £3m scheme

The UK Government is preparing a national programme for doctors to prescribe boilers, insulation and double glazing to fuel-poor patients suffering from diseases exacerbated by cold homes.

Plans for first full-scale tidal lagoon between Cardiff and Newport unveiled

A tidal lagoon being planned between Cardiff and Newport will be powerful enough to produce green electricity for every home in Wales for the next 120 years, it was announced today.

Solar loses out in first £315m renewable energy subsidy ‘auction’

More than two dozen renewable energy projects, together capable of delivering more than two gigawatts of green electricity, are to be awarded hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies in the first Government auction under its new competitive support mechanism called 'Contracts for Difference’ (CfD).

Big Six are cause of Green Deal failure, Greg Barker says

The Big Six energy companies undermined the Government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former Climate Minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

Sales of organic food and drinks rise four per cent

Sales of organic food and drink products have bounced back, rising by four per cent last year at a time of tumbling food prices and spending.

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