Wednesday 23rd April 2014                 Change text size:

vincent nichols by Fr James Bradley via Flickr

Welfare system failing, say Church of England bishops

The Church of England has made one of its biggest political interventions in recent decades, openly criticising the prime minister for presiding over cuts to the welfare system that it says have pushed hundreds of thousands into poverty. In an open letter to the Daily Mirror, bishops from the...


Photo- EscoPhoto via Flickr

‘Bitter disappointment’ as government rules out biogas feed-in tariff review

Despite energy minister Greg Barker stating he had asked officials to consult on the feed-in tariff subsidy for biogas by letter in November 2013, the government has now confirmed it would not conduct the review. Biogas is produced by anaerobic digestion, which is a collection of natural processes in...


Photo: Ben Sutherland via Flickr

Nominations open for prestigious renewable energy awards at Savoy Hotel

The Renewable Energy Association (REA), the largest trade association for the renewables industry with around 1,000 members, has opened nominations for the ninth annual British Renewable Energy Awards. Taking place at the Savoy Hotel in London on June 12, the event celebrates the success of renewable energy businesses over...


germany wind By Peter Heilmann via Flickr

Wind power saves Ireland €1bn in fossil fuel imports over five years

Recent figures suggest that renewable energy helped Ireland to save €1 billion (£820m) in fossil fuel imports, as well as 12m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, over the past five years. A report by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) says that wind farms across the country...


tax By Calgary Reviews via Flickr

New Fair Tax Mark highlights responsible businesses

The world’s first Fair Tax Mark has been launched in a bid to address the issue of responsible tax. Businesses that have been accredited by the new mark have demonstrated that they are transparent about the tax they pay. The mark indicates that a company is making a “genuine...


The Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014

It is time to update our transport system to one that is fit for the 21st century. Please welcome, The Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. The pace at which transport has evolved since the invention of the wheel is remarkable. The introduction of Henry Ford’s mass production model for car...


Photo: nicksarebi via Flickr

UK weather: 86 flood warnings still in place across southern and central England

The Environment Agency has confirmed that a total of 86 flood warnings, two of them severe, remain across southern and central England, as the extreme weather begins to settle. It added that river levels along the Thames, which rose to its highest level since 1883 last week, will remain...


Jonathan Lidbeck via flickr

California faces the worst drought on record while ‘exporting water’ to China

California is experiencing its worst drought in a century, which is putting at risk the survival of many species and damaging the economy. Experts have warned that the lack of rainfall has already dried 95% of wetlands in California, causing the death or migration of many animal and bird...


pylon fog

Business energy supplier switching up by a third

The number of business customers switching their energy supplier is up by a third, according to figures released by a price comparison service on Tuesday. Make it Cheaper, which provides information to businesses who want to save money by switching energy suppliers, says that the increase in businesses intending...


mary robinson by World Economic Forum

Fossil fuel divestment ‘builds capacity and resilience’, says Mary Robinson

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has said the fossil fuel divestment campaign is a “shining example” of what must be done in the fight against climate change. Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and a former UN high commissioner for human rights, also set up the Mary Robinson...


5857192202_92891fde1b

Campaign groups call for halt to transatlantic trade deal

Campaign groups have claimed that a transatlantic trade deal between the EU and the US will impact on democracy and give corporations more power over a range of issues such as climate change and the environment. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a proposal to create a trade free area covering...


Ian Kirk via fickr

Common UK butterflies ‘thrived’ after warm summer in 2013

A survey of common UK butterfly species has found that many have thrived as a result of the sunny and warm 2013 summer – after a worrying decline was observed in 2012. According to the latest Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS), led by conservation groups Butterfly Conservation, the British...


foilman via flickr

Insurance industry ‘must not drag its feet’ in helping flood victims

The insurance industry has insisted that the situation “is under control” after facing criticism and calls for faster service to people affected by the UK flooding crisis. On Tuesday, government ministers met with insurers to discuss how those living in flooded homes were being helped. Representatives from 60% of...


Flood somerset - nicksarebi via Flickr

Flooding poses risk to UK economy and could worsen with climate change

The UK has been ranked among the countries where flooding poses the greatest risk to their economic output, according to new research. The findings come after heavy rain and high winds battered the country, resulting in flooding – particularly in the south. The Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, produced by...


mr lobos via flickr

Scientists call for urgent environmental regulations for deep sea mining

Experts have said that national governments should urgently change the way minerals are extracted from seabeds, in order to do it responsibly and avoid the destruction of marine ecosystems. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, a group of scientists said that the deep...


Latest poll

In the last 12 months, on average, I have individually given to charity...

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...