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The Treasury growls as Nick Clegg pushes the green agendaGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
The Liberal Democrats want the green bank to be a proper bank. But Whitehall's powerbase is determined to frustrate them. The Treasury is the most powerful department in Whitehall, but it is busy making itself unpopular even by its own abrasive standards. Jeremy Heywood, the most judicious of civil servants, was recently heard to say that the government's attempt to create a new green bank had become a battle of "everybody against the Treasury".
EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plasticsReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said on Thursday.
UK forest sale plan scrapped after outcryReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The British government on Thursday scrapped its controversial plans to sell the bulk of England's publicly owned forests after intense public opposition.
Business needs a clear message on renewablesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
Business is key to a low-carbon future, but the government must show more clarity and consistency. Earlier this week, I was invited along to the Business and a Sustainable Environment conference in London to give my views on the government's green business policy. The question was "how is government engaging with business to deliver the transition to a low-carbon economy?" My answer was: "not very well".
U-turn is victory for people powerGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
The 38 Degrees campaign has been a success, not just for forests but because it proves that people power works. More than 500,000 of us are celebrating our part in the biggest campaign win since this government came to power last May. David Cameron seems to have completely dropped his plan to sell...
EU energy plan could cut CO2 by a quarter: draftReuters | 15 Feb 2011
Europe's new energy strategy could lead to a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of this decade and could ultimately cut fuel import bills roughly in half, a draft strategy paper shows.
What's on Defra's agenda?Guardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
Damian Carrington analyses the key issues on the agenda at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Caroline Spelman's speech at the National Farmers' Union annual conference on Tuesday is the first by a Conservative secretary of state for the environment in 14 years. In her...
Plans for Channel undersea nuclear reactorsGuardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
Ecologist: Plans for undersea nuclear reactors around the coast of France could see a boom in uptake of the technology - but serious questions about costs and waste remain unanswered. Since the oil shocks of the 1970's the French government has invested heavily in nuclear power. At that time, most of the electricity in France came from oil fired power stations, and the oil was imported mostly from the Middle East.
UK farmers' leader attacks government for lack of national food planGuardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
Without a substantial strategy, the UK risks a growing dependence on imports, Peter Kendall tells conference. Rising food prices, a growing population and increasing pressure on natural resources mean the UK is in urgent need of a food strategy, the leader of the biggest farming organisation said...
'Bonfire of the quangos' threatens climate change committeeGuardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
Public bodies bill flawed, say Greenpeace and WWF. The independent status of Britain's key climate change watchdog is under threat, environmental groups have warned, because it has been included on a list of quangos whose structure could be altered at the discretion of ministers. The committee on climate change (CCC) was established by the Climate Change Act 2008, the first piece of legislation of its kind in the world.
Take climate scientists to task, but avoid formulaic boffin-bashingGuardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2011
Unlike cinema, theatre has largely avoided climate change - but now we have three offerings on stage in London at once. The Tricycle Theatre's revival of Water and the National Theatre's Greenland were joined this week by The Heretic at the Royal Court. Juliet Stevenson plays Diane, a university...
Hopes of 30% cut in greenhouse emissions dashedGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
EU energy chief fears target would lead to a too-fast process of de-industrialisation as compared to current 20%. The UK government's plan to push Europe to deeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions has been dashed by the EU's energy chief. Günther Oettinger, the EU's energy commissioner, dealt a...
The Conservatives were the designated defenders of tradition.Guardian Unlimited | 08 Feb 2011
Attacks on woodland, the World Service and British heritage will leave voters outraged. Labour must not miss this chance. If there was one thing you could rely on in this fast-changing world, it was that the Conservative party would be conservative. Everything else might be upside down, but at least you could trust the Tories to defend those institutions that were timelessly and for ever British.
U-turns on forest and nature reserves sell-off?Guardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
The government has ruled out selling England's nature reserves and looks like it is heading for a climbdown on its forestry sale. Can you make a U-turn before you've started your car? That's the question following the apparent climb-down by the government on changing the ownership of the publicly owned National Nature Reserves. And when is the best time to make a U-turn, once you have set off?
Spinning in No 10? It's just not cricket ... | Simon HoggartGuardian Unlimited | 05 Feb 2011
Remembering the days when Clement Attlee was more interested in bowling than briefing? Isn't it a reflection of modern times that the prime minister's appointment of a spin doctor has attracted as much attention as any new cabinet minister might? Rightly so - Craig Oliver will probably be more...
EU states can ban GM crops for public order: draftReuters | 03 Feb 2011
European Union governments could ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops to maintain public order in the face of popular opposition to the technology, the bloc's executive said in a draft document.
Could Oliver Letwin break deadlock?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Feb 2011
Minister of state is proposing to set up the beleaguered bank 'off balance sheet', allowing it to trade in far bigger sums. One of David Cameron's closest cabinet colleagues is actively considering privatising the much-vaunted green investment bank (GIB) in order to allow it to trade in much bigger...