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IPCC report: slashing carbon emissions is affordable for world economy

Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.

IPCC report: GHG emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century

Greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly twice as fast over the past decade as in the previous 30 years, bringing the world closer to warming that will bring dramatic and dangerous changes to the climate, according to a leaked draft of a United Nations' report.

Conservative plan to cap onshore wind farms will lead to higher energy bills

A Conservative party plan to limit the number of onshore wind farms would drive up household energy bills, according to the UK's most eminent engineers.

Renewable Heat Incentive for homes opens

Homes across the UK will now be able to be claim hundreds of pounds for the heat they generate from renewable technologies such as biomass boilers and solar hot water systems under the long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

IPCC report: now is not the time to abandon green policies to win votes

Scientists are gathering in Berlin this week ahead of the publication of a report by the IPCC on how best to address the emissions that drive global warming. Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, argues that given the dire situation the world faces from climate change, now is not the time to be abandoning green policies in order to win votes.

Leading businesses call for global green policy to keep “trillion tonnes of carbon” underground

More than 70 international companies, including leading energy and fossil fuel companies, are today calling on Governments around the world to help them take action to prevent more than a trillion tonnes of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.

IPCC report: burning biomass and storing carbon could be fix for climate change

An upcoming UN report suggests that unproven technologies to suck carbon out of the air might be a fix for climate change, according to a leaked draft obtained by the Guardian.

No more onshore wind farms from 2020, Conservatives to pledge

The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year's general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become "self-defeating".

Renewable industry slams Tories over attack on wind farm leaks

David Cameron has been told to "step in right now" to put a stop to leaks from within his party suggesting he is considering new curbs on onshore wind farms as a Tory pledge at the next election.

Cameron plan to restrict onshore wind farms blocked by Clegg

Nick Clegg has blocked a proposal by David Cameron to restrict the construction of onshore wind farms, a Liberal Democrat source has said.

IPCC report: impacts of climate change already being felt across the globe

A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.

UK emissions drop nearly two per cent

UK greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly two per cent last year, as less coal and gas was burned to generate electricity.

Green Deal delivers “worst month on record”

The Government was urged this week to "throw a lifeline" to its beleaguered Green Deal, as latest figures revealed its flagship energy efficiency scheme had recorded just 33 plans in the month of February.

Chancellor announces £7 billion of green tax cuts for manufacturers

George Osborne today announced a multi-billion pound package of green tax cuts that he said would help UK businesses – and manufacturers in particular – cut their energy costs and ensure they remained competitive with the rest of the world.

Budget 2014: £340m to repair flood defences and potholes

The chancellor has pledged £340 million towards repairing and rebuilding UK infrastructure ravaged by the winter floods and storms, announcing a £200 million fund to fix potholes and £140 million for flood defences.


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