Published on the BBC News website on the 16th September 2014
correspondent, BBC News
MPs are critical of the government for failing to protect biodiversity
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs has said.
The Environmental Audit Committee dished out a “red card” on these three concerns after examining efforts made since 2010.
The MPs said on a further seven green issues ministers deserved a “yellow card” denoting unsatisfactory progress.
The government said it strongly disagreed with the findings.
After coming to power in 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron stated he was committed to leading the “greenest government ever”.
A year later, a natural environment White Paper had the ambition of being “the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited”.
Continue reading Red card on environment for ‘greenest government ever’
Alexander Temerko has reassured green campaigners he has no plans to dig up the South Downs
Published in the Portsmouth News on 3rd September 2014
A RUSSIAN oligarch has moved to reassure green campaigners he has no plans to dig up the South Downs to pipe electricity to the UK.
Alexander Temerko (pictured) had asked the National Grid to connect an electricity pipeline from his power station in France to the substation at Lovedean.
As the head of a consortium of investors, he wants to bring enough electricity to the south to power 1.4m homes.
But he claims the National Grid told him the Lovedean unit is close to capacity and his only option is to connect to a substation in Surrey, which would mean laying cables through the South Downs.
Reports of this led environmentalists to fear for the future of the stunning landscape.
Continue reading Power cables not threat to South Downs
In a recent report published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, it has been criticised by Green MP, Caroline Lucas, for the number of redactions it contains. It’s perfectly obvious that the report includes references to the impact of fracking the government would prefer we don’t read-hence the redactions. It’s worth reading through and learning for example the negative impact on house prices where fracking has happened in the US. The low yield scenario suggests that the amount of fracked gas is barely 1% of current UK demand.
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