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The UK Goes Greyer

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Published on 3rd August 2015

In ten short weeks the new government is well ahead unpicking the last ten years of modest but steady progress on climate change. So far the tax break on clean cars has been abolished and changes made to the standards on zero carbon housing.

Subsidies for the cheapest forms of renewable energy have been scrapped while billions have been put aside for subsidising nuclear energy. And now the Green Deal which was meant to promote home energy efficiency and thus lower fuel bills has also been dumped. Planning laws are being amended almost continuously to make fracking easier following its democratic rejection in Lancashire and sensitive sites are no longer protected. To add to the list the government has decided to lift temporarily the EU ban on using neonicotinoids pesticides that kill bees and other pollinators.

More can be expected as the government demands extra savings from department responsible for the environment viewed by the likes of George Osborne as soft targets.

It was a leading Conservative who first warned that you did not achieve economic prosperity at the expense of the environment. Perhaps the new environment ministers, Liz Truss and Amber Rudd, should start by reading Mrs Thatcher’s speeches to the UN in the eighties.

France defends 'imperfect' fossil fuel sponsors for Paris climate summit

French climate official says sponsorship of UN climate conference by EDF, Air France, and other big carbon emitters was needed for financial reasons

Published on The Guardian website on 29th May 2015

Air France, along with EDF, Engie and other firms are partly sponsoring the COP21 Paris climate talks in December. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Air France, along with EDF, Engie and other firms are partly sponsoring the COP21 Paris climate talks in December. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Fossil fuel firms and big carbon emitters sponsoring the Paris climate summit in December are “a part of the problem” that delegates will address, but their patronage was unavoidable for financial reasons, senior French climate officials say.

About 20% of the €170m (£122m) cost of the Paris conference will come from firms such as EDF, Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez), Air France, Renault-Nissan and BNP Paribas, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius,said on Thursday.

Hisannouncement sparked outrage among NGOs, with Oxfam France denouncingthe move as greenwash and hypocrisy, saying that the summit would now “be financed by French champions of pollution”.

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Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year

Published on The Guardian website on 26th March 2015

The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show

UK’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by a big Photograph: Julie Edwards/Alamy

UK’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by a big Photograph: Julie Edwards/Alamy

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% 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.

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new record high, accounting for nearly a fifth of electricity.

It was the biggest fall in emissions since 1990. Over the last five years, following a sharp fall in 2009, emissions appeared to have reached a plateau, with slight rises in some years owing to increasing coal use. The price of coal has dropped on world markets, as shale gas has sapped demand in the US, leaving a glut.

Green campaigners welcomed the fall, but they warned that more must be done to reach targets.

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