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A new type of politics could help prevent climate disaster

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‘New alliances in the UK are being explored to reverse inequality and live within the Earth’s limits.’ Photograph: Deco / Alamy/Alamy

A UK cross-party initiative addresses the appetite and mechanics for the cooperation needed to help us live within Earth’s limits

September 10, 2016 — China and the US’s announcement that they will join the Paris climate accord comes at a time when the UK’s own climate and energy policies appear at best in disarray, and worst at odds.  Continue reading A new type of politics could help prevent climate disaster

Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK

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David Cameron could face significant opposition from his MPs over UK’s fifth carbon budget, under which emissions must fall by 57% below 1990 levels by 2032. Photograph: PA

Climate change is a problem that cannot wait, 20 backbenchers say in their statement to PM, urging him to accept cuts in greenhouse gas emissions

May 5, 2016 — Twenty Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to accept the steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions required by the UK’s ‘fifth carbon budget’. Continue reading Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK

Scotland urged to adopt more ambitious carbon emissions target

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An electricity pylon at Sherrifmuir near Dunblane, with the Braes of Doune windfarm in the background. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
UK Committee on Climate Change says Holyrood should aim to reduce greenhouse gases by 61% over next 14 years

March 16, 2016 — Scottish ministers should aim to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by a challenging but achievable 61% by 2030, an influential advisory committee has recommended.

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Climate change politics is blinding us to the devastating effects of dirty air

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A rickshaw puller on a polluted a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Barcro
Governments are failing to address the links between air pollution and global warming. Doing so would save countless lives globally

March 7, 2016 — It is the greatest environmental hazard of the age. Nothing focuses our concern for the future more, divides rich and poor, exercises science, business, politicians, old and young. It is an Continue reading Climate change politics is blinding us to the devastating effects of dirty air

Scrapping carbon capture support ‘threatens UK climate targets’

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A view of the cooling towers of the Drax coal-fired power station near Selby, northern England. Drax pulled out of a £1bn installation of carbon capture technology to cut emissions, citing the UK government’s reduction of subsidies for renewable energy. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
MPs warn that without CCS technology, it will be much more expensive to meet national and internationally agreed targets on reducing emissions

March 7, 2016 — The scrapping of government support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has put at risk the UK’s international commitments on tackling climate change, an influential group of MPs has found.

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