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Election 2017: What the manifestos say on energy and climate change

Published on the website on the 16th of May 2017


On the 8th of June, the UK will head to the polls for the third time in as many years. In an election dominated by Brexit, Carbon Brief will be tracking the climate change and energy content of parties’ manifestos, as they are launched.

First out of the blocks was the Green Party, with a dedicated seven-page environment manifesto published on the 11th of May. The Labour Party saw a draft of its plans leaked on the same day. Its official manifesto launch came on the 16th of May, as did Plaid Cymru’s “Action Plan 2017“.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto was published on the 17th of May, with the Conservatives following on the 18th of May.

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For and against: Should UK Oil and Gas drill for oil near Rowlands Castle?

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 19th May 2017

Story by Tamara Siddiqui


IT’S BEEN the subject of debate for nine months, but what are the arguments for and against UK Oil and Gas’ proposal to drill for oil near Rowlands Castle?

TAMARA SIDDIQUI spoke to the company and those campaigning against it to find out.

Councillors, interested bodies, campaigners, charities and residents – all have had their say about Ukog’s plans to drill for oil at Markwells Wood, situated in the South Downs National Park near Rowlands Castle.

The company temporarily withrew its application for the project earlier this month, but plans to re-submit later this year.

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Recycling rates are falling – we must act


EMPTIES Ray Cobbett, right is worried about falling recycling rates


Published in the Portsmouth News on the 16th May 2017

By Ray Cobbett, from Havant and East Hampshire Friends of the Earth.

He urges people to think about the environment before casting their vote in the general election.

RECYCLING is more important than ever.

The most recent figures from the government show that, after a period of flatlining, average recycling rates have started to go down from almost 45 per cent in 2014 to 43.9 per cent in 2015.

Hampshire authorities continue to struggle to meet even the national average with the best of them, Eastleigh, achieving almost 41 per cent.

At the other end of the scale Portsmouth manages a paltry 22.7 per cent slightly below Gosport’s 23.5 per cent.

But some authorities, like South Oxfordshire and Surrey Heath, are up in the mid-sixties, so it can be done.

The EU had set a target for the UK at 50 per cent by 2020 but that was before Brexit so the outlook is now less clear.

Contributory factors for the decline include lower commodity prices for plastics, steel and pulp plus deep cuts to local authority funding affecting staff whose role was to promote the benefits of recycling.

Hampshire County Council claims it sends less household waste to landfill than most other authorities.

But it omits to mention how much of the waste stream is diverted into the county’s hungry incinerators, including spoiled batches of green material that could otherwise have been recycled.

Incineration is now described in more user-friendly language as ‘energy from waste’ but ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ is better.

The case for recycling remains stronger than ever as it helps to conserve the world’s dwindling stocks of raw materials, saves energy, reduces emissions and creates new jobs.

It’s also a process everybody can contribute to and thus play an active part in protecting the planet for future generations.

Hopefully, the government elected on the 8th of June will take recycling more seriously than the one it replaces.