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Tackling climate change could address economic and social challenges, says report

Addressing climate change could deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, according to a report from thinktank IPPR. Whilst tackling climate change is an important goal in its own right, the report argues it could solve some of the economic and social challenges the UK faces. The report notes...


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Poll: three quarters of MPs don’t understand how money is made

Some 80% of MPs lack basic understanding of where the UK’s money comes from, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by the reform campaign group Positive Money, found that 71% of MPs believe that only the government has the power to create money. A further 9% said...


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UK energy bills rising faster than most of the developed world

Household energy bills are rising faster in the UK than in most other countries in the developed world, according to new research. Between 2010 and 2013, electricity prices rose by 23.5% while gas prices soared by 33.8%, according to new analysis by the House of Commons Library.  Though electricity...


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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...


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Climate change is the biggest threat to Great Barrier Reef

Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef and is already having an impact on the unique ecosystem, according to the Australian Government’s Outlook Report 2014. The outlook is published every five years. It is designed to show what progress has been made and which...


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Scottish government lays out green benefits of independence

The Scottish government has set out how the country would benefit environmentally if it were to become an independent country, ahead of Scots taking to the polls on September 18 to decide if they want to remain part of the UK. The paper – Scotland’s Future and the Environment...


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Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy device unveiled

Ahead of its installation in Welsh waters, a tidal energy device developed in Cardiff was unveiled on Thursday. The device will help Wales produce clean and predictable energy in order to meet its low-carbon energy generation goals. Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to...


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Shares in Drax fall 8% following subsidy appeal

Drax group has lost its legal battle with the government over one of its projects’ eligibility for subsidy scheme Contract for Difference (CfD), resulting in the firms shares falling by more than 8%. The Court of Appeal ruled the government could exclude one of Drax’s coal-to-biomass conversions from the...


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Critics warn pension shake up could lead to £3.86bn tax trap for pensioners

New research has found that forthcoming pension freedoms could come with tax implications that mean savers have to pay a lot more than expected. In what is being called a potential “mis-selling scandal”, experts are worried pensioners could enter the higher tax bracket if they take out their money...


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Government needs to up support for green start-ups, say MPs

The government is “punching below its weight” when it comes to supporting businesses operating in the green economy, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a new report, MPs are critical of the government’s progress in working with low carbon start-ups and entrepreneurs. A 2010 report from...


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Subsidy loophole to be closed for dirty fossil fuels

The UK government has announced it will close a legal loophole that could have given billions of pounds to old coal power plants. However, the news has reopened the debate over why subsidies for fossil fuels are continuing to undermine carbon reduction policies. The loophole was found in the...


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Almost two-thirds of European households concerned about rising energy bills

Rising energy bills is the biggest concern among European homeowners, a survey from the Kingfisher Group, which includes retailers such as B&Q and Screwfix, has revealed. The findings come as an inquiry into the UK energy market is launched and figures show fuel poverty is on the rise. Some...


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IMF calls for ‘smarter’ taxes for polluting fossil fuel industry

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for policymakers to implement a “smarter” energy tax system that takes into account the damage fossil fuels do to the environment. In a new book, the organisation sets out to address what policymakers can do to strike the right balance between the...


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Renewable energy accounted for 15% of UK electricity in 2013

According to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy contributed 15% towards the national grid last year, a rise of 30% overall. The report shows a steady increase, with a 3.6% rise since 2012 – primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms....


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Geoengineering could make climate change’s impacts worse

A professor from Washington University, Seattle, has warned that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could have unknown consequences in decades to come and has said there needs to be a debate on the ethical issues around the practice. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Stephen Gardiner said that geoengineering was currently...


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