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Coal

Tracking Britain's coal-free run: record run ends at 67 days without coal

Tracking Britain's coal-free run: record run ends at 67 days without coal

Updated daily: Britain's record coal-free run is over after 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes, following a coal unit running tests after essential maintenance. This had been the longest run without coal for Britain since 1882... Read more

Industrial emissions

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

Shell has set out a high-level plan for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, hot on the heels of BP’s pledge to go net zero, but green groups remain unconvinced. ENDS take a look at the big firms making big promises... Read more

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Land, Ecology & Development

Goldsmith says peat bog burning ban still on the cards

Lord Goldsmith has denied rumours that legislation proscribing the burning of upland moors – common practice for grouse shooting estates – has been shelved

Environmental Politics

Sharma fails to commit to emissions reduction pledge

Business secretary Alok Sharma has been unable to say whether the government will put forward its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement by the end of the year as called for by the Committee on Climate Change

Climate change

UK Climate Assembly verdict: 7 things the government must do to hit net zero

The government will need to take action including taxing frequent flyers, planting more trees and improving public transport if the UK is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to the final report from the Climate Assembly

Environmental Politics

‘Well off track’: Cabinet Office should lead on net zero, says think tank

The UK government is ‘yet to confront’ the scale of the net zero challenge and stronger leadership from the prime minister is needed if the UK is to achieve its commitment to virtually eradicate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a report from think tank the Institute of Government has found

Analysis

Environmental Politics

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

The government advisors’ seventh annual report, published this week, offered some strongly-worded criticism of the government’s flagship green plans, including the environment and agriculture bills. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s key demands

Environmental Politics

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

The international climate conference achieved little this year, with carbon markets decisions deferred to the 2020 summit in Glasgow. Isabella Kaminski looks at what stymied the critical talks

Climate change

Net zero: 6 breakthrough technologies for heavy industry

Decarbonising heavy industry presents a major challenge to reaching net-zero emissions. But new solutions are on the horizon. ENDS looks at six emerging technologies

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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