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General election: What’s on the green agenda?

General election: What’s on the green agenda?

With the general election campaign now gearing up, the UK’s main parties are already unveiling eye-catching pledges to capitalise on the surge in public concern around climate change and... Read more

Climate change

Fact checker: Will Drax's gas conversion blow the UK’s carbon budget?

Replacing Drax’s two remaining coal units with four natural gas turbines “is asking the public to face a carbon budget blowout”, according to ClientEarth

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Environmental Politics

General election: Boris Johnson promises ‘green revolution’

The Conservative Party has pledged it will invest £500m in electric car charging infrastructure, boost offshore wind capacity by a further 10GW in ten years and provide more funding to decarbonise heavy industry

Planning & land use

Council rejects Ox-Cam expressway plan on climate grounds

A county council has withdrawn its support for a major road project on climate change grounds and called for a new railway line instead

Land, Ecology & Development

Construction sector issues ‘call to arms’ over net zero

A major UK building industry group has urged the government to set up a multi-billion pound investment programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and draw up green procurement rules to encourage low-carbon construction

Environmental Politics

XR challenges government climate change adviser over net zero ambitions

The UK should work towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions sooner than 2050, Extinction Rebellion told senior figures from the Committee on Climate Change in a live debate this week

Analysis

Sustainability

The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

Land, Ecology & Development

7 times climate emergency declarations have hit development plans

Climate emergency declarations by local councils, the Welsh government and parliament have been used as both a reason to refuse and accept planning applications. ENDS looks at some of the impacts the declarations have had so far

Environmental Politics

Interview: Climate adviser Chris Stark on Boris, Greta, and reaching net zero

The government has pledged to put a net zero UK emissions target in law following advice from the Committee on Climate Change. Chris Stark, chief executive of the advisory body, is optimistic that the goal can be achieved

Editor's Pick

10 ways the government must step up on climate adaptation, according to its own advisers

10 ways the government must step up on climate adaptation, according to its own advisers

The Committee on Climate Change has criticised the government over its failure to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, recommending it step up action on land and water management. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s concerns and Whitehall’s response

Environmental Politics

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

The government wants to lead the world on climate action and attract younger voters, but competing forces within the party will not make the transition a simple one. Simon Pickstone reports

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