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Ban bee-harming pesticides, MPs say

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Environmental Audit Committee also questions role of industry in funding research into impact of pesticides

28 Jul 2014

Could carbon constraints spell the end for 'King Coal'?

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Standards & Poor's report suggests environmental regulations, cleaner alternatives, and falling prices are cranking up the risks faced by coal investors

28 Jul 2014

Green policy takes two steps forward, one step back

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The green economy is making great progress and new carbon targets promise a further boost, but constant policy setbacks are not helping

25 Jul 2014

Government closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund following surge in demand

Overwhelming demand for incentives from £120m fund forces government to bring an immediate end to popular scheme

25 Jul 2014

Mayor Boris 'set to miss' host of green goals

London Assembly report finds London is off-track on emissions targets with retrofiting workplaces and decentralised energy the biggest worries

25 Jul 2014

The coalition's green gains may not be done just yet

UK Green Building Council's John Alker argues there are a number of crucial green policies in the pipeline where the coalition could yet deliver some late victories

25 Jul 2014

Solar revenues set to double worldwide by 2020, analysts say

Frost & Sullivan predicts revenues will hit $137bn by the end of the decade as long as governments implement stable policies

25 Jul 2014

Green Deal Finance Company surges past £1m a week milestone

Latest figures show applications for Green Deal plans have risen 166 per cent since the start of the year

25 Jul 2014

MPs demand action to end 'throwaway society'

Environmental Audit Committee report slams government over 'lack of leadership' and calls for bold new policies to usher in circular economy

24 Jul 2014

UK outlines latest nuclear waste storage plans

Government to begin two year search for a site to host a Geological Disposal Facility

24 Jul 2014

Europe stuck with coal unless UK takes action, campaigners warn

Sandbag Report calls on legislators in Brussels and Westminster to change tack as coal emissions continue to rise

24 Jul 2014

Solar and wind power to compete for £50m under new subsidy regime

Government confirms £205m annual budget for Contracts for Difference auctions

24 Jul 2014

Drax biomass plans bolstered as new calculator highlights emissions-saving potential

Government-backed report concludes that sustainable biomass can cut carbon emissions, but fears remain that some projects could lead to higher emissions

24 Jul 2014

Voters want more renewables to tackle energy insecurity

Poll for RenewableUK finds almost half of respondents say investing in green energy is a 'top priority’ irrespective of voting intention

24 Jul 2014

Online retailers accused of failing to explain energy performance of products

Major new survey reveals how internet shoppers could be missing key energy efficiency information when buying white goods

24 Jul 2014

The business case for green energy tariffs keeps getting stronger

Good Energy's Juliet Davenport argues that green energy tariffs are helping to stabilise energy costs, improve security, and cut emissions

24 Jul 2014

EU green lights key mechanisms in UK clean energy market overhaul

Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market mechanism secure state aid approval, as critics warn reforms throw a lifeline to dirty coal power

23 Jul 2014

Breaking: EU Commission proposes energy efficiency goal for 2030

30 per cent target designed to curb emissions and boost energy security amid Ukraine crisis

23 Jul 2014

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