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Powerful backers support a UK nuclear future

Thursday - Insulating homes and installing renewable energy are the cheapest answers to climate change. Yet powerful backers urge a UK nuclear future.

UK premier faces court over covid-19 recovery

Tuesday - Lawyers who stopped the expansion of Heathrow Airport because it would be bad for the climate are now turning their sights on Boris Johnson's covid-19 economic recovery plans.

Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis

9 Jul 20 - Something magical appeared at night over London and other parts of Britain last month: ripples of electric blue clouds shimmered in the twilight sky after sunset.

Nuclear plans flounder through muddy dispute

7 Jul 20 - Vast quantities of mud, which campaigners say might contain radioactive particles, are the latest problem to confront the UK’s nuclear plans for two new reactors under construction in the West of England.

Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse

3 Jul 20 - Air pollution is probably increasing the number and severity of covid-19 cases and could be important to managing the pandemic, experts say.

UK heading for the heat

2 Jul 20 - The likelihood of the UK experiencing deadly 40deg temperatures for the first time is “rapidly accelerating” due to the climate crisis, scientists have found.

Border villagers prepare to dethrone the duke

26 Jun 20 - The 2300 villagers of Langholm, a Scottish settlement a few miles north of the English border, hope to buy one of the UK’s most famous grouse moors, owned by one of the Britain's most-powerful hereditary landowners, the Duke of Buccleuch.


Construction begins on biggest liquid air battery

19 Jun 20 - Construction is beginning on the world’s largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants.

Unanswered questions dog new nuclear plans

Finland’s Olkiluoto station, and another in France, are both more than 10 years late.
Photo Credit: Kallerna, via Wikimedia Commons

15 Jun 20 - The French company EDF, a company in a hurry, wants permission to start building two more reactors in the United Kingdom, and it hopes to save money – by arranging for British taxpayers to pay the...

Car industry pushes for scrappage scheme

8 Jun 20 - The UK car industry has been in confidential talks with the government over a possible £1.5 billion scrappage scheme that it insists should encourage the purchase of diesel and petrol cars on an...

Startups invest $4bn in UK battery factory

21 May 20 - Two British startups have announced plans to invest as much as $4 billion in building the UK’s first large-scale battery factory, in a move that could prove a major boost to the country’s struggling...

UK plutonium stockpile is a costly headache

24 Apr 20 - For 70 years Britain has been dissolving spent nuclear fuel in acid, separating the plutonium and uranium it contains and stockpiling the plutonium in the hope of finding some peaceful use for it, to...

BoE under fire for deal with oil companies

20 Apr 20 - The Bank of England has been accused of failing to live up to its tough talk on the climate crisis after it revealed it would buy debt from oil companies as part of its coronavirus stimulus programme.

BOE eyes bank capital charge on polluting assets

13 Mar 20 - Britain’s first stress-test of the response of banks to climate change will help the Bank of England to determine if polluting assets should face “penalty” capital charges.

British Gas and VW unveil electric-vehicle deal

6 Mar 20 - British Gas has teamed up with Volkswagen to accelerate the rollout of its electric vehicles across UK roads by helping drivers to charge up at home at a lower price.

UK to introduce cleaner petrol

5 Mar 20 - The UK government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10 per cent ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

Farmers speak out on mental health

2 Mar 20 - Isolation and bad weather are compounding the strain from what UK farmers call the “anti-meat agenda”.

UK airports must shut to reach 2050 climate target

21 Feb 20 - All UK airports must close by 2050 for the country to reach its target of net zero climate emissions by then, scientists say.

Johnson promises urgent climate action

7 Feb 20 - Boris Johnson has promised “urgent action” on the climate crisis, taking personal leadership of this year’s UN climate talks after a blistering attack by the sacked former minister who was to lead...


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