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New York state to ban fracking over 'red flags' to public health

Shale gas site picture by DECC

Decision comes after two-year study spearheaded by health commissioner into the effects of fracking on the state’s air and water raises ‘serious questions’

18 Dec 2014

Make London's ultra-low emission zone stricter, says car industry


SMMT calls for petrol cars to meet same standards as diesels when scheme comes into force in 2020

17 Dec 2014

Juncker Commission delays rather than ditches waste and air quality packages


European Commission insists revised circular economy and pollution plans will be more ambitious than those on the table

16 Dec 2014

Lib Dems must stand up to Tories over EU's pollution and waste laws, say green groups

Dan Rogerson accused of 'weasel words', after he fails to demand air quality and circular economy packages are retained

16 Dec 2014

Updated: UK 'silent' over Brussels' plans to ditch pollution and waste laws

Leaked document show Commission President wants to 'clear decks' so time and energy can be invested in proposals that will have biggest impact on jobs and growth

16 Dec 2014

EU must not bin waste and air quality rules, industry warns

Businesses and NGOs unite in call for Environment Secretary Liz Truss to persuade EU Commission to retain circular economy package

12 Dec 2014

Cities launch yardstick to measure greenhouse gas emissions

C40 and WRI link up to unveil new standard, as EU is urged to boost efforts to curb transport emissions

09 Dec 2014

Green groups hit back at BusinessEurope over attack on environmental ‘red tape'

Coalition of civil society groups voices opposition to industry lobby group's 'worrying deregulatory tendency'

08 Dec 2014

MPs call for Low Emission Zones across UK to tackle 'killer' air pollution

Committee also calls for less favourable tax regime for diesel vehicles and says new schools and hospitals must be built away from 'hotspots'

08 Dec 2014

Mayor's Office promises £330m green bus spree will prove ‘game-changing' for air quality

Plans unveiled for 2,400 more hybrid buses on London's roads by 2020, as well as new measures to deliver greener taxis

05 Dec 2014

EPA intensifies US smog crack down

Obama administration continues green push with new proposals to strengthen air quality standards through the Clean Air Act

28 Nov 2014

BusinessEurope accused of 'callous' attack on environmental policies

Europe's biggest corporate lobby group reveals latest demands include plan to water down EU green policy

26 Nov 2014

How UK industrial pollution cost EU £69bn over five years

New report highlights impact of air pollution from energy sector and manufacturing on the EU economy

26 Nov 2014

Updated: EU Court tells UK to clean up toxic air pollution

Court of Justice says UK government must comply with law over NO2 pollution and meet legal limits by 2015

19 Nov 2014

UK faces EU judgement day over air pollution failures

European Court of Justice set to rule on ongoing battle between UK government and ClientEarth over NO2 limits

19 Nov 2014

Green groups and businesses urge Juncker to save pollution and waste policies

NGOs and EU industry waste management companies write to Commission president calling on him to back green growth

17 Nov 2014

Juncker accused of seeking to roll back green growth agenda

Liberal MEPs say new Commission President wants to ditch plans for tighter air quality and waste policies

14 Nov 2014

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

Fall of 1-2 per cent in amount of coal burned offers ‘window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, Greenpeace energy analysts say

23 Oct 2014

Why we need an equivalent of the Climate Change Committee for air pollution

Matthew Farrow of the Environmental Industries Commission argues it is time for the government to introduce a Committee on Air Quality

22 Oct 2014

Why London is leading the world's cities on tackling air pollution and climate change

Matthew Pencharz, Boris Johnson's senior advisor for environment and energy, outlines London's achievements at the C40 Cities Summit

24 Sep 2014

Maria Eagle: "We need a new deal with the water companies and Labour will deliver it"

Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary conference speech - in full

23 Sep 2014

London's 'first' all-electric chauffeur service charges up

Invitation-only Gliide says its all-Tesla fleet will save customers 50 per cent compared with black cabs

19 Sep 2014

UK Environmental Scorecard - At a glance

A summary of the Environmental Audit Committee's damning verdict on the state of the UK's environmental health

16 Sep 2014

UK environment policies get the red card from MPs

New environmental scorecard finds unsatisfactory progress in all 10 areas examined, with concerns over flooding, air quality, and biodiversity

16 Sep 2014

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