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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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Put stickers on fuel pumps to teach motorists about climate change, says 350.org

A leading environmental campaign group has come up with a unique idea to create a cause and effect link between driving and climate change. US-based 350.org wants global warming stickers to be put on fuel pumps across California. Whilst many consumers accept that car emissions are polluting the environment,...


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20 questions with… Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Goldsmith is an environmentalist, philanthropist and a partner at sustainable investment business WHEB, which he co-founded in 2002. We want the world to be as blue and green tomorrow as it was yesterday. What’s your mission? My mission is...


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MPs question environment budget cuts amid UK floods

MPs have demanded to know how budget cuts to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are going to affect its ability to do its duties, including responding to emergencies such as flooding. In a new report, the environment committee says that although Defra is one of...


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The secret self-supply of Britain’s big six energy giants

It’s only the fourth day of 2014 but already the big six have hit the headlines again. This time they come accused by the Labour party of pushing up bills and profits by buying electricity at higher than market prices, often from their own generators. This follows charges of ‘green murder’...


scot storm by  Paul Anthony Harris @Paul_A_Harris via flickr

Energy companies could face fines for power cut delays

The amount of time energy companies took to restore power following storms over the festive period are to be questioned by the energy regulator Ofgem. Companies that are found to have taken too long could face a fine. Ian Marlee, senior partner at Ofgem, said that the response times...


christmas flood by Morgan Masters via flickr

UK braced for further ‘exceptional weather’

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has said that the UK is set to face further “exceptional weather”, with gale-force winds and heavy rain set to continue. Following a meeting of Cobra, the government’s crisis response committee, Paterson said that emergency agencies and power companies were on high alerts and were...


insulation by Bryn Pinzgauer via flickr

Green deal energy efficiency scheme continues to disappoint

Official statistics reveal that the take-up of measures through the government’s flagship energy efficiency initiative the green deal continues to be dwarfed by other schemes. The green deal was officially launched at the beginning of 2013 with the aim of tackling barriers to the take-up of energy efficiency measures....


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China to further ease one-child policy

Amid concerns of an ageing population China has further eased its one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if one parent is an only child, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua. When the new rules are implemented, arrangements will vary depending on the local demographic, allowing provincial authorities to...


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Government ‘examining possibility’ of building 50 nuclear power plants

The UK government is considering building as many as 50 new nuclear power plants, official documents have revealed. According to the Guardian, in a response submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) by one of its own advisory bodies, the department is examining the possibility of installing...


offshore wind By Rob Faulkner via Flickr

£450m Humber offshore wind turbine scheme given go-ahead

The government has approved plans for a 1.3km quay, along with facilities for building and assembling offshore wind turbines, in North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire. Work on the £450m plan will begin early next year after suffering delays. Peter Stephenson, founder and executive chairman of Able, the company behind the...


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