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Energy White Paper: 19 things you need to know

Energy White Paper: 19 things you need to know

Today’s Energy White Paper sets the direction of travel for energy policy as the sector decarbonises over the next three decades. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

Brexit countdown: 9 loose ends that need tying up

Brexit countdown: 9 loose ends that need tying up

With less than a month to go before the end of the transition period, the government still has a number of loose ends to tie up, including policy decisions, regulations and operational challenges. Here’s what you need to know... Read more

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Policy

‘Fits perfectly with net zero’: Tory MPs urge council to press ahead with controversial coal mine

More than 40 Conservative MPs are calling for the UK's first new deep coal mine in decades to be given the go-ahead, claiming senior Labour politicians had 'waded into what should be a local and apolitical planning issue for Cumbria'

Transport emissions

Plans for new air freight hub quashed by High Court

Planning permission to develop a Second World War Airbase in Kent into an air freight hub has been quashed partly on grounds that the government failed to explain why it set aside climate impacts flagged by the examining authority in its decision on the application

Environmental Law

Shapps ‘countermanded review of £27bn road expansion plan’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps dismissed his civil servants’ advice to review plans for a huge expansion in road building in light of net zero, according to reports

Energy

Scientists urge Boris Johnson to intervene over coal mine

A team of 13 international climate and energy experts have written to prime minister Boris Johnson urging him to halt the development of Britain’s first deep coal mine in decades

Analysis

Regulation

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

Brexit Hub Regulation

Where is the UK’s emissions trading scheme?

The UK will drop out of the EU’s emissions trading scheme at the end of the year and details of a UK replacement are scant. The clock is ticking, reports David Burrows

Campaigning

Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Gail Bradbrook on growing criticism, eco-fascism and net zero by 2025

Two years on from Extinction Rebellion’s formation, there are rumours of splits, rival factions and, as public goodwill wanes, signs the government could classify XR as an organised crime group. With XR seemingly at a crossroads, Gail Bradbrook, the group’s co-founder, talks to ENDS about where it goes next

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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