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Public shows renewables interest ahead of Community Energy Strategy unveiling

Campaign group 10:10 is calling on the government to match public enthusiasm for local renewable energy projects ahead of the publication of the Community Energy Strategy next week. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) called for evidence from community energy groups and intermediaries in the summer last...


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The pensions timebomb: 11m at risk of poverty in old age

A leading thinktank has warned the government that most Britons are not saving enough for their retirement, calling the issue a “pensions timebomb”. Policy Exchange claims that around 11 million people are saving six times less than they should for their retirements, and is calling on the government to...


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HS2: opponents to high-speed rail link defeated in Supreme Court

A legal bid to put the controversial HS2 high-speed rail plans under further scrutiny in government has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Objectors to the plans say that the government’s transport department had breached an EU directive, failing to properly carry out environmental impact assessments. Advocates for the...


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Npower publishes ‘misleading’ figures on energy costs

The energy regulator Ofgem has said that a report published by one of Britain’s largest energy companies contains “incorrect and misleading” data about the cost of transporting gas and electricity. Npower later corrected the figures, which initially said that network cost of energy would rise from £295 per customer...


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New book explores economic risks of melting Arctic

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has unveiled a new book that analyses the economic and military opportunities in the Arctic, as global warming brings large ice-free areas. Christian Le Mière and Jeffrey Mazo are the authors of Arctic Opening: Insecurity and Opportunity, which forms part of the...


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Sellafield site ‘unsafe for future nuclear storage’

The government has been accused of rigging the consultation process to select the site of a proposed nuclear waste storage facility in favour of a location that some geologists labelled as unsafe. Leading geologists told the Observer that they believed the government pushed for the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria...


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Government admits ‘inconsistencies’ in flood defence spending

The government has been forced to make an embarrassing climb-down over its claims that it is spending more on flood defences than ever before. On Thursday, the environment minister Dan Rogerson admitted that spending had fallen to £2.34 billion in the current spending review, compared with £2.37 billion in...


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Canada unveils mining transparency measures to ‘reduce corruption’

Mining associations and civil society groups in Canada have set up new payment transparency standards for the industry, which they say will enable citizens, governments and investors to ensure that revenues contribute to sustainable development. A one year-long consultation has resulted in the creation of a set of measures...


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Lords ask government to rethink lobbying bill

The government’s controversial lobbying bill was defeated in the House of Lords on Wednesday, as peers voted in favour of amendments relaxing some of the restrictions that charities say could effectively gag them. Peers from all parties backed a move, tabled by Lord Harries, to stop some staff costs...


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Only Labour can rebuild middle class, says Miliband

With just over a year until the 2015 general election, battle lines are being drawn by the major political parties. This week, Ed Miliband will set out his plans to make the economy work for the British middle class. At last year’s party conference, the Labour leader said how...


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Aiming for tar sands oil is greedy and destructive, Neil Young tells Canadian PM

Canadian musician Neil Young has criticised his home country’s dash for tar sands oil, and launched a fundraising tour to support the indigenous groups who are against it. Young said that Canada’s government was “completely out of control” when it came to the environment, as it gives absolute priority...


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Lobbying bill: further concessions needed, charities warn

The government could face defeat in the House of Lords on Wednesday if it doesn’t make further amendments to its controversial lobbying bill, campaigners have warned. The transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning and trade union administration bill, which is now reaching the end of its process through parliament, was...


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The Secret Environmentalist: all out for shale gas

“We’re going all out for shale gas”, the shiny man says. All out for a technology whose availability is unproven and undefined, its impacts unclear and its benefits debated. All out for a process whose safety depends upon rigorous monitoring of safety and the environmental performance of private interests...


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Energy giant Total to invest £30m in UK fracking

French fossil fuel giant Total is to become the first major oil company to invest in the UK’s shale gas industry, it announced on Monday. The investment will be welcomed by the government, who have sought to kick off a fracking boom comparable to that in the US by...


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Lobbying bill amended after ‘gagging’ concerns from charities

The government has backed down over a controversial bill that charities claimed would have effectively gagged them, and severely restricted their abilities to campaign on social issues. The transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning and trade union administration bill was put forward to restrict the lobbying of government ministers and...


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