Category Archives: Environment

Government axes climate change department

From BBC News: The government has axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) in a major departmental shake-up. The brief will be folded into an expanded Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Greg Clark. Ed Miliband, … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Politics | Leave a comment

Rival London mayoral candidates address Heathrow runway protest:

From BBC News: Rival mayoral candidates have united to condemn plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. They addressed a protest in Parliament Square, central London, attended by more than 1,000 people. Conservative contender for City Hall, Zac Goldsmith, … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Politics | Leave a comment

Environment Agency pension fund invests in industries the agency regulates

From The Independent: The Environment Agency (EA) has been accused of having a “clear conflict of interest” after an Independent on Sunday investigation found the UK regulator’s pension fund invests millions in controversial industries which it then regulates. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Money, Politics, Uncategorised | Leave a comment

European Commission approves new Hinkley nuclear plant

From BBC News: A new £16bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset is to go ahead after it received final approval from European Union regulators. The European Commission said Britain had agreed to “modify significantly” the financing for … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Politics | Leave a comment

‘Hobbit home’ awaits Pembrokeshire council demolish vote

From BBC News: The owners of an eco-friendly ‘hobbit-style’ home are waiting to find out whether it will be torn down after it was built without planning permission. Pembrokeshire councillors will decide later whether the roundhouse can stay on land … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Society, Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Scottish government approves 1,800 MW offshore wind farms

From The Daily Record: The Scottish government has approved plans for two new offshore wind farm developments in the outer Moray Firth which will see thousands of new jobs created. Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing said the adjacent offshore wind farm … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Forth valley gas drilling inquiry begins in Falkirk

From BBC News: The inquiry into the proposal is expected to last for about three weeks A public inquiry into controversial proposals to drill for gas in the Forth valley begins in Falkirk later. Dart Energy has outlined plans to … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Government to spend £600-800m opening M4 hard shoulder

From BBC News: Plans to increase capacity on the M4 have been announced by the government. The scheme will see variable speed limits and the hard shoulder converted to a traffic lane for 31 miles between the A312 at Heathrow … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Transport | Leave a comment

Environment secretary refuses to support ban on bee killing pesticides

In a meeting between the UK environment secretary Owen Paterson and members of campaign group 38 Degrees last week, Mr Paterson refused to back down on his opposition to the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which research has shown as the … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Politics, Science | Leave a comment

“groundbreaking” climate scientist killed on bicycle

BBC News: Dr Giles had travelled to the Arctic and the Antarctic to study sea ice A cyclist killed in a crash in central London was a talented scientist and lecturer doing research on global warming, her employer has said. … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Society, Transport | Leave a comment