Stirrings on green politics

During the 1980s and 1990s, Conservative governments had a mixed record on the environment - but they notched up several major achievements. Margaret Thatcher was one of the first world leaders to take the threat of global warming seriously. Other landmarks included the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Environment Agency and the poacher-gamekeeper split in water and waste affairs - along with the first tentative steps to green the tax system.

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