Tag: UK news

Study suggests North sea green energy will overtake oil and gas by 2030

More than half of offshore energy jobs could be in low carbon sectors, including wind and renewables The UK’s half-century legacy as a leading offshore oil and gas hub will be eclipsed by the North Sea’s fast-growing green energy industry within the next decade, according to new research. An academic study by the Robert Gordon […]

Climate crisis to put millions of British homes at risk of subsiding

Drier summers mean the ground in vulnerable areas will be more prone to shrink and crack, scientists say The climate crisis is very likely to put millions of homes at increased risk of subsidence, according to new data from the British Geological Survey (BGS). The hotter and drier summers being driven by global heating mean […]

Putting Extinction Rebellion activists on trial isn’t in the public interest, so let’s stop | Peter Hain

After the recent acquittal of climate activists by a crown court jury, it’s clear public sentiment is on their side In the face of resistance by juries, surely there is a strong case to halt all the pending trials of Extinction Rebellion activists? With nearly a thousand trials still waiting to be heard in the […]

Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Survey finds three-quarters of adults in Britain concerned about the impact of next health emergency Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency, according to a report from the Red Cross that says three-quarters of people in the UK are worried about the next potential pandemic. A survey […]

Climate activist arrested after gluing himself to Westminster Bridge

Hundreds took part in Extinction Rebellion ‘rebellion of one’ acts on Saturday to protest lack of action on climate emergency A man has been arrested after gluing himself to Westminster Bridge in London in protest at a lack of government action two years after parliament declared a climate emergency. Related: ‘I’ll continue to fight’: the […]

Green economy: MPs warn over lack of plan to manage fossil fuel tax loss

MPs say Treasury has not set out how tax system will help UK meet target to cut emissions The Treasury cannot explain how it will manage declines in tax revenues worth £37bn from fossil fuels as the UK shifts to a clean economy, MPs have warned. A report from the influential parliamentary public accounts committee […]

‘Citizens’ juries’ deliver climate crisis verdict to Westminster

Four expert-advised panels across UK agree cost of reaching net zero must not fall on low- and middle-income households Katie Lloyd signed up last year to join a cross-section of people in her area of south Wales to learn more about the climate crisis and agree ways to reduce carbon emissions. The impact of the […]

Endless pursuit of economic growth is destroying our planet | Letters

Caroline Lucas MP on how an obsession with GDP is driving the climate crisis, and Oliver B Steward on why it’s time for a green new deal There is a fundamental flaw in Boris Johnson’s approach to tackling climate change, and that’s the G-word – growth (UK to toughen targets on greenhouse gas emissions for […]

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite”, has warned. Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, […]

Banks should invest in nature to fight climate crisis, says Prince William

Duke tells IMF and World Bank event that investment in reforestation and cleaner oceans must be stepped up Banks can help to turn the tide in the battle against climate breakdown by investing more in nature, the Duke of Cambridge has said. Prince William told a joint International Monetary Fund and World Bank event on […]