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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.

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).

UK on track to hit renewable energy targets

The UK is on track to meet its renewable energy goals, with wind power substituting for gas and coal use and driving down greenhouse gas emissions, according to new analyses. However, the actions of the next Government are likely to be crucial in deciding whether the legally binding targets can be met.

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint pledge to tackle climate change

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity.

Ecotricity donates £250,000 to Labour Party

The renewable energy company Ecotricity is giving £250,000 to the Labour Party, and has accused the government of being deceitful on climate and energy policy.

UK and world can avoid dangerous climate change and still live well, new analysis shows

The world can enjoy higher standards of living and more travel, while drastically cutting emissions to avoid dangerous climate change – but only with sweeping changes to our infrastructure, the natural world and agriculture, a new analysis has found.

Residential solar PV sees first ‘growth-triggered’ Feed-in Tariff reduction

Feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV systems under 10 kilowatt (kw) in size will 'degress’ by 3.5 per cent from April 2015 thanks to capacity deployed in the last quarter of 2014 exceeding 100 megawatt (MW) for the first time.

Ecotricity and Good Energy ranked UK's best energy suppliers in Which? survey

Small energy companies have beaten the big six on customer service ratings for the fourth year in a row, according to consumer body Which?

Oxfam: rising inequality is "dangerous" and unsustainable

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, one per cent of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99 per cent.

Biomass boilers up to 20 per cent less efficient than expected, DECC study finds

Billions of pounds of public money is to be spent supporting 'green’ boilers, despite evidence from the Government’s own experts and industry that they will do little to help the UK meet its clean energy targets.

Climate change: report identifies for the first time unburnable fossil fuel reserves

Vast amounts of oil in the Middle East, coal in the US, Australia and China and many other fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground to prevent dangerous climate change, according to the first analysis to identify which existing reserves cannot be burned.

US and India to unveil joint deal to combat climate change

America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations.

Caroline Lucas: the Infrastructure Bill threatens our environment and ignores energy efficiency

What will £15 billion spent on roads do for air pollution? I’m tabling an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill because it’s time to start legislating for the common good, says Green Pary MP Caroline Lucas.

Government to release £100m more to Green Deal in tranches

Homeowners will be able to claim up to £5,600 from the Government towards home improvements such as a new boiler and cavity wall insulation from Wednesday 10 December – but the money may not be around for long.


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