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COP21: Paris climate talks to go ahead despite terrorist attacks

Despite Friday’s horrific attacks, Obama and other world leaders will attend talks in France, as Republicans in Congress continue to fight Obama’s climate plan.

Paris climate deal will not deliver global carbon price, says UN chief

UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, confirmed today that a climate deal to be delivered in Paris, later this year, will not include a global carbon price.

Solar industry puts forward emergency £1 solar rescue plan

The solar industry is putting forward an emergency rescue plan for British solar which will cost just £1 on bills in 2019 as an alternative to the Government’s proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff for the technology.

Shopping bag charge results in 650 million fewer bags in Scotland

The Scottish Government has confirmed that retailers across Scotland have witnessed a massive reduction in the number of single use carrier bags handed out since the five pence charge came into effect a year ago.

Solar SME firms set to close with hundreds of job losses

Hundreds more jobs will be lost at solar power companies if planned changes to government policy come into force in the new year, 25 small businesses have told the Guardian.

Navitus Bay developers abandon appeal option after planning defeat

Developers of the shelved Navitus Bay windfarm have confirmed they will not challenge the decision by Energy Ministers to reject planning permission for the £3.5 billion project.

COP21: France launches global diplomatic drive for climate deal

France has launched an unprecedented diplomatic drive to shepherd nations big and small towards a major climate change deal, ahead of a Paris summit next month that is the next major make-or-break moment for the movement against global warming.

Solar industry bosses attack Government over "obscene" subsidy cut

Some of Britain’s most powerful solar executives have accused the government of mounting an ideologically driven campaign against their industry which has driven it into crisis.

Southern Solar goes into liquidation

One of Britain’s leading solar entrepreneurs is set to announce that his business has gone into liquidation, in the third high-profile casualty for the sector this month.

Ecotricity calls for “level playing field” for energy subsidies

UK green energy company Ecotricity has today challenged the Government to scrap subsidies for nuclear power and fossil fuels to create a level playing field after it slashes support for renewable energy.

Trade associations attack Government policy on renewables

The seven trade associations that represent the UK’s renewable energy industry have published a joint statement criticising the Government’s action of withdrawing subsidy support.

Insurance CEOs call on Bank of England to take climate action

The leaders of 15 ClimateWise members have today written an open letter to the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

£14 billion of council pension funds invested in fossil fuels

UK local authorities have ploughed £14 billion of their pension funds into fossil fuel investments, according to new research released today.

Scotland hits record-high renewable energy levels but warns of cuts

A record amount of Scotland’s electricity was generated from renewables in the first half of 2015.

MEPs seek binding 30 per cent renewable energy target at Paris climate summit

The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted for its delegation to the COP21 climate talks in Paris to call for a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a 40 per cent energy efficiency target and a binding 30 per cent target for renewable energy.

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