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Land, Ecology & Development

7 times climate emergency declarations have hit development plans

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... Read more

Environmental Politics

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

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... Read more

Latest news

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Government pledges new net zero governance arrangements

The government has pledged to “establish new governance arrangements to drive forward our efforts across the whole of government to deliver net zero, potentially including a new cabinet sub-committee on climate change”, once the UK has left the EU

Environmental Politics

Pow defends green track record in row over climate credentials

Junior environment minister Rebecca Pow has expressed her surprise at being ranked amongst the MPs least committed to acting against climate change by the Guardian newspaper

Sustainability

Sturgeon launches £3bn green investment scheme while BEIS seeks views on £315m industrial energy fund

Projects to help Scotland meet its goal of reaching net zero by 2045 can now apply to access a £3bn fund, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday

Environmental Politics

Infrastructure regulators need net zero powers, say government advisers

The UK will not reach its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless utility companies are given new powers to direct investment in sustainable infrastructure, according to the government’s infrastructure advisory body

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Climate emergency: Has your council declared one?

Climate emergency: Has your council declared one?

A growing number of local authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have declared climate emergencies. Click through to view an interactive map of declarations

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Transport emissions

Heathrow expansion: Inside the airport's plans to address air pollution

Heathrow plans to introduce a novel legal mechanism to prove that its third runway expansion plans can comply with environmental targets. Simon Pickstone reports

Editor's Pick

Climate change

Five challenges to going net zero

Five challenges to going net zero

We've taken a closer look at the main obstacles the UK faces as it prepares to achieve net zero carbon by 2050

Energy

What does ‘net-zero by 2050’ mean for big industry?

What does ‘net-zero by 2050’ mean for big industry?

The government’s climate change advisers say the lion’s share of greenhouse gas cuts can be achieved through existing technologies. Isabella Kaminski looks at what this means for heavy industry

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