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Councils could be paid to consider storing nuclear waste

The government has launched a new long-term plan to deal permanently with the country’s radioactive waste, including paying councils up to £1 million each year for five years just for considering storing the waste in their area. The plans follow a consultation on improving the process of finding a...


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Success for green deal as vouchers worth £43m are issued in just six weeks

A green deal initiative relaunched by the UK government in June this year has seen an impressive response, with vouchers worth more than £43 million issued in the first six weeks to help people make their homes more energy efficient. The scheme will run for one year and already 7,925...


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Environmental regulation to slow demand for coal, says report

A new report warns investors that the coal industry could suffer a slump in demand in the medium term as governments seek to cut carbon emissions and focus on cleaner sources of energy. The report – Carbon Constraints Cast A Shadow Over The Future Of The Coal Industry –...


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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: MPs slam UK government over increased Russian arms sales

MPs have accused the UK government over double standards as figures reveal UK arms sales have skyrocketed to Russia, while Britain criticises French military exports to Moscow. Political rhetoric between EU nations has increased recently, as common ground is yet to be found over whether Russia should be held...


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UK government launches plan to tackle fuel poverty

In an attempt to tackle the wide bearing issue of fuel poverty, the government has announced legislature to upgrade coldest homes to lower energy bills for the UK’s poorest. Low income households will now receive support to improve heat insulation. Within practicality, the government will improve as many houses...


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Royal Mail shares slump after decline in parcel revenues

Recently privatised Royal Mail has seen a serious fall in share prices after renewed fears of declining parcel delivery revenues resurface. Privatised last year in October, Royal Mail now faces a 4% decline in share pricing, at 447p per share, compared to 455p when it began trading as a...


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Pensioners to receive free and impartial guidance, government says

The government has confirmed that independent organisations, rather than pension schemes and providers, will provide the guaranteed guidance for all retirees announced in this year’s budget. The changes are part of plans to give pensioners more flexibility whilst encouraging people to save and think about the long term. In...


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Government commits to fourth carbon budget in boost for renewable energy investors

The UK government has announced today that its fourth carbon budget – which sets emission reduction targets in the mid 2020s – will remain unchanged despite pressure to the weaken the measures. The UK has in place a number of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building towards the...


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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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£10m fund to reduce energy demand announced

The government has announced a fund with a budget of £20 million to help organisations and businesses in the UK reduce their carbon footprint. In a talk at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) energy conference yesterday, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey announced details of a £10...


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Boost for clean energy as Sussex offshore wind farm gets go-ahead

The UK government has announced consent for a 175 turbine offshore wind farm about 13km off the coast of Sussex. The Rampion wind farm is expected to create over 750 jobs and marks a significant contribution to the renewable energy market, with the site having the potential to generate...


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Politicians risking much-needed renewable energy investment, says CBI

Populist politics and short-term thinking are risking crucial investment in energy and threatening our ability to reach climate change targets, the UK’s leading business lobby group has warned. On Thursday, the CBI will publish a new poll of over 550 business leaders and 2,300 households that reveals growing concern...


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Plastic bag use in England rises for fourth year running

Campaigners say the government should have acted sooner to stop the increase on plastic bag use with figures showing UK supermarkets gave out 8.3 billion bags in 2013. Wrap is a not for profit company set up to encourage resource efficiency in the UK. They published data on Tuesday,...


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Carney: Bank of England taking steps to avoid ‘mortgage risks’ and increased ‘indebtedness’

The Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has expressed steps the bank will take in order to prevent another mortgage crisis. Giving evidence to the treasury select committee, Carney said in some cases high ratio mortgages were necessary, especially for first time buyers, who’s wages were developing. He...


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