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Rented homes and energy efficiency: A sad tale of intention and action

Alan Whitehead MP

Labour's Alan Whitehead warns rules to improve the efficiency of rented accomodation include a worrying loophole that will leave many tenants living in cold and draughty homes

08 Sep 2014

Poll: Public opposes push to frack national parks

fracking shale gas site

The scale of public disquiet over shale gas developments has again been highlighted, as a Guardian poll reveals widespread opposition to fracking in national parks

05 Sep 2014

Court stand-off over illegal Indian coal projects

Piles of coal

Indian government urges Supreme Court not to cancel all coal licences following landmark corruption ruling

02 Sep 2014

See you in court: How James Thornton is battling for environmental justice

BusinessGreen Leader of the Year James Thornton explains why ClientEarth is about much more than just litigation

02 Sep 2014

New vacuum cleaner rules don't suck, CCC insists

Committee on Climate Change says banning high-powered machines will result in significant carbon savings without loss of performance

01 Sep 2014

Chile prepares carbon tax legislation

South American country poised to approve plans for $5 a tonne carbon tax as part of new climate legislation package

28 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Reports: Indian Supreme Court rules coal mining licences illegal

BBC reports that all mining licences awarded to coal firms between 1993 and 2010 have been deemed illegal

26 Aug 2014

Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry

Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

26 Aug 2014

Is the EU sucking the power out of our vacuum cleaner market?

New Ecodesign efficiency rules have faced opposition from UKIP and Dyson, but what impact will they really have on the industry?

26 Aug 2014

Scottish government rejects 114MW wind farm

Glenmorie wind farm denied planning permission amid landscape concerns

22 Aug 2014

UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

20 Aug 2014

Australian renewable energy target changes 'amount to economic vandalism'

'How does this fit with the PM's often-stated position that Australia is open for business?', energy company boss asks

18 Aug 2014

Government under fire over "misleading" fracking consultation

Greenpeace calls on DECC to re-run consultation on controversial plans to relax fracking trespass rules, as Scottish government objects to proposed changes

15 Aug 2014

Green energy co-ops blocked by government regulator

Financial Conduct Authority accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community projects

15 Aug 2014

Simmons & Simmons leaps at green opportunities

As one of the driving forces behind the UK's community energy sector and a leading player in environmental law, you can see how Simmons & Simmons seized the title of green law firm of the year

14 Aug 2014

The growing pains of small energy suppliers

Ed Davey has been accused of "dodging green taxes" by switching to a smaller supplier, but what will happen as these challenger companies start to join the mainstream?

08 Aug 2014

European Commission accused of burying green regulations

EurActiv reports that proposed legislation to tackle pesticides and illegal logging have been blocked by the outgoing leadership of the European Commission

06 Aug 2014

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