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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.

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.

Speak Up for the Love Of: UK’s biggest ever lobby on climate change descends on London

Beekeepers, surfers, nuns and children were among thousands of people who lined up outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to speak to their MP about climate change.

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.

G7 commit to decarbornise global economy "in the course of this century"

The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced.

Fracking: Labour leader contestant Andy Burnham in favour of moratorium

A moratorium on fracking should be imposed until stronger scientific evidence can show it is safe to drill for shale gas, Andy Burnham, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, is to say.

Scotland calls for consultation over onshore wind subsidies

The Scottish Energy Minister has called for an "adult discussion" with the UK government over the future of wind farm subsidies, after writing to Amber Rudd to express his concern that Scotland is being shut out of discussions.

RenewableUK warns DECC of legal action over early onshore wind subsidy cut

The UK renewable energy industry has warned the Government’s new Climate Secretary that she will face a legal challenge if she oversees the "wilful destruction" of the industry by retrospectively curtailing subsidies.

Energy giants call for adoption of "widespread carbon pricing"

Chiefs of global energy companies including BP, Shell, Total and Eni have called on world leaders to recognise the role natural gas can play in a low carbon economy and urged to adopt a carbon pricing scheme in all countries ahead of UN talks in Paris.

Climate change: businesses must understand what is at stake, says French environment minister

Developing countries are "waiting to see" what rich nations will offer them in global warming talks, the French minister of environment has said, ahead of crunch negotiations to be hosted in Paris later this year.

Energy industry calls for climate deal in Paris that supports low carbon investment

World governments must sign a clear new agreement on greenhouse gas emissions at a crunch conference in Paris this December, leaders of the world’s energy industry have urged.


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China makes carbon reduction pledge ahead of Paris climate talks
China said it would increase the share of non-fossil fuels as part of its primary energy consumption to about 20 per cent by 2030
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