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Greens celebrate as Caroline Lucas cleared over fracking protest

Caroline Lucas is an MP for the Green Party

Green MP vows to continue campaign to bring an end to fracking in the UK

17 Apr 2014

European Parliament votes to slash plastic bag waste

marks and spencer carrier bag

MEPs back new laws to crack down on plastic bags, despite opposition from Conservative MEPs

17 Apr 2014

Reports: China poised to beef up national Environmental Protection Law

Boat in China

Reuters' reports suggest reforms to national environmental law will provide officials with sweeping new powers to tackle polluters

16 Apr 2014

Green trucks, green cars, and green canals all set for EU boost

European Parliament backs a raft of reforms designed to cut emissions and fuel use across the transport sector

16 Apr 2014

Coalition beefs up Garden Cities plan

New prospectus and funding aims to help local communities move forward with garden city proposals

15 Apr 2014

Green firms urge Lib Dems to retain local energy saving rules

Sustainable Energy Association and Association for the Conservation of Energy write to MPs over fears that local authority powers will be ditched

15 Apr 2014

Treasury claim that fuel duty freeze benefits economy ignores climate and air pollution impacts

Treasury study admits economic modelling "is not intended to capture the impact of a reduction in fuel duty through externalities" such as congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions

14 Apr 2014

Poll: Public prefers wind to fracking as a next door neighbour

Survey finds 62 per cent of people would choose wind farms rather than fracking in their area

14 Apr 2014

Defra: Cutting green tape will save businesses £1.5bn

Government set to reduce environmental legislation by 80 per cent in volume following controversial Red Tape Challenge

11 Apr 2014

Government finds "no value for money" in keeping coal pits open

Closure of two UK Coal deep pits leaves "no long-term future for the production of coal resources in the UK", experts say

10 Apr 2014

New EU state aid reforms promise shake-up for decarbonisation efforts

Wide-ranging reforms aim to accelerate transition towards market-based support for renewable energy projects

09 Apr 2014

Labour launches effort to block watering down of building standards

Labour seeks cross-party support for amendment designed to halt temporary watering down of green building standards

09 Apr 2014

Wind farms can reduce house prices by up to 12 per cent, says LSE

Findings contrast with earlier study – and will fan homeowners' demands for compensation when wind farms are approved

09 Apr 2014

Breaking: Government launches Renewable Heat Incentive for homeowners

Hotly anticipated domestic RHI expected to kick start "revolution" in green heat market

09 Apr 2014

Unilever boss reveals company already being impacted by climate change

Paul Polman warns that "left unchecked, climate change has the potential to become a significant barrier to our growth strategy, and that of just about every other company"

09 Apr 2014

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