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Energy

Carbon capture and storage plants: What are they and where are they?

The Gorgon CCS project

Rather than being motivated purely by environmental and regulatory pressures, the world’s largest carbon capture facilities are dominated by those that use CO2 to produce more oil and gas. Here’s what you need to know... Read more

Energy

Can ‘critical’ carbon capture projects really work?

Kemper coal gasification and CCS project

Carbon capture and storage infrastructure has a patchy record internationally and two previous government funding rounds collapsed. Gareth Simkins examines the industry’s renewed prospects

Latest news

Adaptation

Strip DEFRA of climate adaptation role to ‘ensure more clout’, report recommends

DEFRA should be stripped of responsibility for policy on climate change adaptation, with the role handed to another central government department with more 'clout', a new report recommends

Environmental Politics

COP26 unit to be cut by a third, Alok Sharma tells peers

The Cabinet Office team working on the COP26 agenda is to be cut by approximately one third, Alok Sharma has told peers

Litigation

Net Zero Strategy comes under legal fire from climate campaigners

The validity of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy is being challenged by several groups of climate campaigners

Sustainability

EA rolls out new construction project carbon calculator

The Environment Agency (EA) is deploying a new carbon calculator tool across its construction portfolio to assist in meeting its goal of reaching net zero by 2030

Analysis

Environmental Politics

COP26’s first week: Pretty words, big money and angry activists

Policing around the COP26 venue has been heavy. Photograph: Environmental Justice Foundation

The opening few days of the critical Glasgow climate talks have been accompanied by pledges on finance, forests, cleantech and methane and national emission cuts, but there is growing resentment outside the gates, Gareth Simkins reports

Climate change

Is the road to net zero paved with good intentions?

Is the UK government’s long-awaited Net Zero Strategy a ‘credible mechanism to drive delivery’ or is it full of ‘major holes and optimistic assumptions’? David Burrows investigates

Energy

BECCS, DACCS and blue carbon: Everything you need to know about negative emissions technologies

MPs have announced an inquiry into how greenhouse gases can be absorbed and stored. Here’s what you need to know about capturing emissions from biomass combustion, filtering CO2 from the air and other rival ideas

Editor's Pick

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

The government has responded to the climate change criticisms of the CCC. Photograph: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images

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?

Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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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