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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.

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.

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.

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.


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