Tag: Ethical and green living

Keep funding green homes to meet emissions target, say businesses

CBI, Energy UK and others tell chancellor cutting scheme will risk target of net zero emissions by 2050 Business groups are urging the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to keep funding home insulation and other low-carbon measures under the green homes grant, which is under threat from cuts. They warned that moves to reduce the amount of […]

Norway’s electric car drive belies national reliance on fossil fuels

Two-thirds of sales at end of 2020 were battery electric vehicles despite dependence on oil and gas drilling Norway became the first country to sell more electric cars than petrol, hybrid and diesel engines put together last year, new data shows, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for two-thirds of sales in the final months […]

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Committee urges that companies must meet green standards to qualify for Covid-19 corporate bailouts Ministers are bracing themselves for a powerful new rebuke from the government’s own advisers over the nation’s inadequate response to the climate crisis. In its annual progress report, to be published on Thursday, the Committee on Climate Change will lambast continuing […]

Carbon emissions fall as electricity producers move away from coal

Global emissions down by 2% amid mild winter and reduced use of coal-fired power plants Carbon emissions from the global electricity system fell by 2% last year, the biggest drop in almost 30 years, as countries began to turn their backs on coal-fired power plants. A new report on the world’s electricity generation revealed the […]

Ofgem sets out nine-point plan to prioritise climate crisis

Regulator aims to support investment in low-carbon technology while protecting households from price rises Britain’s energy regulator has said it will change how it governs the industry to help meet the government’s climate targets, after coming under fire for failing to prioritise the climate emergency. The regulator published a wide-ranging climate action plan on Monday, […]

US Congress commits to act on climate crisis, despite Donald Trump

Nancy Pelosi tells UN conference in Madrid that commitment is ‘iron-clad’ The US will take action on greenhouse gases and engage with other countries on the climate emergency despite Donald Trump’s rejection of international cooperation, a delegation from the US Congress has told the UN climate conference in Madrid. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the […]

Unimpressed by airlines’ carbon offsetting | Letters

Patrick Cosgrove and Dr Stephen Wozniak respond to news that airlines are offering customers the option of offsetting the carbon emissions of their flights Announcements by airlines that they will offset their carbon emissions (Can carbon offsets tackle airlines’ emissions problem?, 19 November) misleads passengers into thinking that they are doing something to stop the […]

Coldplay: one vital step for sorting out their carbon footprint | Rebecca Nicholson

Chris Martin says they’re not going to tour their new album until they find a sustainable way to do it Coldplay fans are bereft at the prospect of being unable to see the band’s new double album Everyday Life performed out in the wild, after Chris Martin told the BBC that they would not be […]

Why it’s payback time on climate change | Letters

The generation that has benefited most from fossil fuels must start paying the price, argues Daniel Scharf The principle of restorative justice (Glasgow University to pay £20m in slavery reparations, 24 August) also applies to the issue of climate change. I am of a generation that has profited hugely (knowingly or not) from the careless […]