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Shell’s grounded oil rig due to inadequate plans

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell could face penalties over a drilling rig running aground off Alaska in 2012 after the US Coast Guard has said the company’s plans for the operation were “not adequate”. The Kulluk had been working in the Beaufort Sea, off the Alaska North Slope. It...


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Labour promises to repeal ‘gagging law’

The shadow leader of the House of Commons has pledged that Labour would repeal the controversial lobbying bill, which she says restricts freedom of speech in the UK. The lobbying bill was dubbed the “gagging law” by opponents when it was introduced last year. Critics claim that it will...


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Government sets out plans for ‘solar hubs’

The government has set out plans to turn factories, supermarkets and car parks into ‘solar hubs’ in its new Solar Strategy. In a report, the government describes the potential benefits solar power can bring to the UK economy. The government said it wants to move the emphasis for growth...


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Triodos expands renewable portfolio with potato packaging plant project

Triodos Renewables has agreed a deal with Greenvale, the UK’s leading supplier of fresh potatoes, to build a 1.5MW wind power project at Floods Ferry in Cambridgeshire. The 110 metre turbine will be developed by Wind Direct, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year....


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NHS could save up to £150m through energy efficiency measures

The NHS could cut its energy costs by 20% through energy efficiency measures, according to a new report from the Green Investment Bank (GIB). The report has been published as the organisation announces its fourth investment in the NHS. The GIB began operating in 2012 and is capitalised with...


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Fossil fuel industry can be ‘part of solution’ to climate change, says UN climate chief

The UN’s climate chief has urged the oil and gas industry to clean up its act and lead the transition to a low-carbon future, or risk their vast underground fossil fuel reserves becoming stranded assets. Speaking to an audience of fossil fuel executives at the International Petroleum Industry Environmental...


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World Bank head warns of conflict and social unrest due to climate change

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, has warned that conflict and social unrest could escalate if the world fails to create a plan to address climate change and its impacts. Kim’s comments follow the publication of the United Nation’s latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,...


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Consumers ‘want more’ from energy suppliers

Customers want more from energy companies, a new survey has revealed. Consumers believe suppliers are too focussed on profits, unclear about their finances and are not listening to customers. The survey conducted by ComRes, on behalf of independent energy supplier Green Energy UK, found that whilst many consumers continue...


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Badger cull will not be rolled out – but will continue in pilot areas

The government has confirmed that the badger cull, which aimed to reduce the threat of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, will not be rolled out nationwide. However, the cull will continue in the two pilot areas – Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull has faced strong opposition from environmental groups and...


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Pollution alarm to pull back on Friday

Forecasters have said that clean air from the Atlantic will tackle down pollution from Friday onwards, as London ambulance report a 14% rise in 999 calls due to respiratory problems. The high levels of pollution that have hit parts of England since Tuesday are expected to drop by the...


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We must divest from fossil fuels ‘as quickly as possible’, say health experts

Leading academics have called on healthcare companies and other institutions to ditch their investments in high-carbon energy sources, saying this is incompatible with protecting human health. The campaign has launched on the basis that dirty energy contributes to climate change, which is already affecting the wellbeing of millions of...


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Storm-damaged Dawlish train line to reopen tomorrow

The Dawlish train line, which was severely damaged during the storms that struck the UK in February, will reopen on April 4, it has been announced. The line, the single service connecting West Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the UK, was closed when extreme weather caused its...


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Leading organisations call for energy efficiency standard in private rented sector

A coalition of than 30 leading organisations have called on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector (PRS). It had previously been expected that regulation would be laid out in parliament in late 2013 or early 2014, but a public consultation is...


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English grasslands suffering ‘catastrophic decline’

England’s wildlife-rich grasslands are in a state of “catastrophic decline” and the government must do more to protect them, conservationists have said. The Wildlife Trusts have collected data from around the country that they say reveal devastating losses of the valuable habitats – that vary from meadows to roadside...


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Arctic sea ice peak falls to fifth lowest level on record

Scientists have found that the maximum extent of sea ice in the Arctic is lowering, with the melting season lasting five more days and the rate of decline continuing. Research by NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has revealed that the peak level of Arctic...


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