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Products & Chemicals

What links chemicals and climate change?

Grangemouth petrochemical works

At first glance, the links between climate change and chemical pollution are not easy to see. But they are closer than some might expect, reports Gareth Simkins

Carbon reporting

Is regulation needed to prevent net zero greenwashing?

Offshore oil rigs flaring gas

The run-in to COP26 had businesses racing to commit to net zero but there are concerns many of the targets were rushed and fall far short of what’s needed to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees. David Burrows reports... Read more

Latest news


Energy secretary set to ‘classify natural gas as sustainable investment’

The government is planning to reclassify natural gas as 'environmentally sustainable', as part of the government’s ‘green taxonomy’ index being drawn up to guide investors, according to reports


Whitehall-backed taskforce consults on climate transition plans

The Transition Plan Taskforce is seeking input on how major companies should fulfil the government’s requirement to report how they will adapt to a low carbon economy

Environmental Law

‘Momentous’ ruling finds charities can align investments with climate goals

Charities are not bound simply to maximise return on their investments but may follow the goals of the Paris Agreement, even where this may create financial risk, the High Court has ruled


Johnson heralds ‘new lease of life’ for North Sea oil and gas

The government plans to deliver a 'new lease of life' for the North Sea energy fields, says the prime minister, as a new strategy reveals plans banking on nuclear power and 'the near-term reality' of low-carbon hydrogen to decarbonise the UK


Environmental Politics

What should a net zero policy test look like?

Treasury building

Organisations ranging from the Climate Change Committee to the Trades Union Congress have all called for the government to implement a ‘net zero test’. But how would it work, what would it achieve and why would it be necessary? Gareth Simkins reports


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

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


Can ‘critical’ carbon capture projects really work?

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

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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