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Food security threatened by extreme flooding, farmers warn

Tuesday - The flooding and extreme weather linked to climate change will undermine UK food production unless farmers get more help, according to the National Farmers Union.

UK Government faces High Court challenge over ‘inadequate’ climate protection plans

Tuesday - The case has been brought by an activist who lost his house to coastal erosion, a disability campaigner and Friends of the Earth.

UK emissions in 2023 fell to lowest level since 1879

13 Mar 24 - The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 5.7% in 2023 to their lowest level since 1879, according to new Carbon Brief analysis.

Rewilding Ireland: ‘Undoing the damage’ from a history of deforestation

4 Mar 24 - Eoghan Daltun has spent the past 14 years successfully rewilding 29 hectares (73 acres) of farmland on the Beara Peninsula in southwestern Ireland.

UK quits treaty that lets oil firms sue government

26 Feb 24 - The UK has withdrawn from an international treaty that lets fossil-fuel companies sue governments pursuing climate policies for billions in compensation for lost profits.

Rishi Sunak hits back at criticism of fleeting COP28 visit

5 Dec 23 - UK prime minister rejects suggestion half-day stay shows lack of ‘seriousness.’ Rishi Sunak defended his decision to only attend COP28 for a half a day, saying it would be wrong to “measure our impact here by hours spent.”

Green growth or degrowth: what is the right way to tackle climate change?

27 Nov 23 - Nearly all the world’s governments and vast numbers of its people are convinced that addressing human-induced climate change is essential if healthy societies are to survive.

UK manufacturers call for EU-aligned carbon border tax

14 Nov 23 - A new poll of UK businesses has found that almost three-quarters would support the introduction of a carbon border adjustment mechanism that mirrors the one coming into force across Europe.

UK watering down net zero policies 'will lead to rising deaths from global heating'

10 Nov 23 - The ‘watering down’ of net zero policies ‘will ensure that the number of deaths due to the impact of global heating on the UK population will keep on rising’, says climate scientist Bill McGuire.

Greta Thunberg at protest demanding oil chiefs pull their money out of politics

18 Oct 23 - Arrests have been made as protesters disrupted a conference at the InterContinental Hotel in central London where oil company CEOs are meeting.

Emissions from UK residents and businesses rose by 2% in 2022, figures suggest

11 Oct 23 - Residence-based emissions stood at 512 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2022 , according to Office for National Statistics provisional data.

Attacks on net zero at UK Conservative Party conference alarm green-leaning MPs

9 Oct 23 - Green credentials used to be considered a vote-winner but rhetoric around net zero has changed.

UK industry risks falling foul of EU’s new carbon tax

4 Oct 23 - British businesses selling into the European Union are unprepared for the bloc’s new carbon tax and run the risk of penalties if they are not compliant, a leading advisory firm has warned.

Shell CEO under pressure from within on renewables shift

29 Sep 23 - Shell's CEO Wael Sawan has come under pressure over his strategy from within the energy company after two employees issued a rare open letter urging him not to scale back investments in renewable...

UK greenlights North Sea oil and gas field amid climate scrutiny

28 Sep 23 - The UK has given the green-light to Rosebank, the country’s biggest untapped oil field, amid increasing scrutiny of the country’s climate credentials.

British Prime Minister likely to face legal challenges over net zero U-turn

25 Sep 23 - Rishi Sunak is likely to face a series of legal challenges aimed at thwarting his plans to U-turn on net zero policies amid further international condemnation of the proposals.

UK launches climate change programme targeting over 4 million Nigerians

8 Aug 23 - The United Kingdom has announced the launch of its programme, Propcom+, supporting climate and growth by addressing environmental, social, and economic challenges in Nigeria’s food and land-use...

UK's North Sea move shows tensions between energy security, climate

3 Aug 23 - The United Kingdom now finds itself at the epicenter of global tensions between energy security and lofty climate goals, which are playing out ahead of the COP28 conference in Dubai.

Britain commits to hundreds of North Sea oil and gas licences

1 Aug 23 - Britain commits to granting hundreds of licences for North Sea oil and gas extraction, drawing criticism from environmental campaigners.

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