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Scotland vows to boost wave energy industry, in wake of Pelamis going into administration

Pelamis wave energy converter in construction

New government-backed body aims to accelerate development of fledgling market

24 Nov 2014

EU votes to end scourge of plastic bags

Cooperative compostable carrier bag

Scottish supermarkets report fall of up to 90 per cent in bag use, as EU votes through landmark legislation to tackle plastic waste

21 Nov 2014

Miliband: EU Brexit would torch UK's climate change credibility

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband urges green businesses and campaigners to push politicians for bolder climate action

21 Nov 2014

Green Deal enjoys much-needed boost as plans top 7,000

But industry warns increase in Green Deal demand is failing to make up for collapse in ECO market

20 Nov 2014

Smart meter rollout faces fresh delays

Capita says communications system unlikley to be ready for launch until late 2016 instead of next year

20 Nov 2014

UK pledges £720m to climate change fund for poor countries

Energy secretary Ed Davey warns against 'little Englander' approach as donation to UN's Green Climate Fund announced

20 Nov 2014

Senate effort to approve Keystone XL falls one vote short

Bill just fails to secure the 60 votes it needed to pass, but second Senate push could be made in the New Year

19 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

Peers mull measures to tackle food waste mountain through supermarket donations

Following call to end buy one get one free offer, House of Lords Committee weighs up new push to make it easier for supermarkets to redistribute unsold produce

19 Nov 2014

One in five new homes could dodge zero carbon standards, builders warn

Government proposals to exempt developments of 10 homes or fewer from regulations will result in higher energy bills, industry says

18 Nov 2014

President Obama prepares fresh wave of domestic climate action

Vice President Biden to meet with governors, mayors, and tribal leaders to discuss building more climate resilient communities

18 Nov 2014

Threat of Obama veto hangs over Keystone XL pipeline

Controversial bill supporting project will be debated in the Senate after winning House approval, but President is expected to veto it

17 Nov 2014

G20 promises 'strong and effective' climate action, following 'trench warfare' with Australia

World leaders insist on G20 reaffirmation of support for climate action and the phasing out of fossil fuels, in face of opposition from Australian Prime Minister

17 Nov 2014

'Green tape' can boost growth, study finds

Grantham Institute report says environmental regulations can drive economic growth by encouraging business innovation

14 Nov 2014

Mayor Boris appoints Greg Barker as chair of London Sustainable Development Commission

Former Energy and Climate Change minister to chair capital's green advisory body with brief to boost London's low carbon industries

13 Nov 2014

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