Green bankers can restore City's reputationGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Such traders can help Britain earn its way in a competitive global economy while supporting the realisation of a greener and more sustainable future. After the events that led to the credit crunch and our current fiscal situation, the last thing people want is more bankers. But what if they were...
The wetter the better for daddy longlegs -- and birdsScienceDaily.com | 06 Apr 2011
Keeping moorland soils wet could prove vital in conserving some of Britain's important upland breeding bird species -- by protecting the humble daddy longlegs, according to new research. In spring, thousands of adult crane-flies (daddy longlegs) emerge from the peat soils of UK mountains and moorland, providing a vital food source for breeding birds, such as Golden Plover, and their chicks.
Government's own solar project scrappedGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
The government has cancelled its own flagship solar energy project because the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) proposed cuts to solar feed-in tariff incentives will make the scheme unviable. That is the charge from "stakeholders" who contributed to a Whitehall project to assess the...
Sales of organic products in UK fall by 5.9%Guardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Sales of organic food, drink and textiles fall as producers battle against the downturn in demand, say Soil Association. Sales of organic products have fallen by 5.9% in the UK over the past year as producers continued to battle against the downturn in consumer demand and challenging trading...
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010Reuters | 31 Mar 2011
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation, largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data from the government showed on Thursday.
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
The mystery of the 1993 global warming TV ad - The GuardianGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
You know how it is. You're searching rather aimlessly online when you get distracted by something else entirely only never to return to the thing you were originally searching for. This is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago when searching on ...
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
UK slips down global rankingsGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
The UK is rapidly losing the race to be the global powerhouse of the green economy, while other countries streak ahead in low-carbon technology investment and development, according to rankings published on Tuesday. Last year, the UK slumped from being third in the world in terms of investment in green growth, to only 13th place, according to a report by the respected US Pew Environment Group.
Will the Gulf Stream slow down?Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift - which are part of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation – bring warm water, and with it warm air, from the tropical Atlantic to northern Europe. This helps keep the UK several degrees warmer than it would otherwise be. Although this system is unlikely to pack up entirely, the IPCC deems a slowdown of it "very likely" over the next century.
Weatherwatch: why the December freeze killed so many shrubs and treesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
A large number of shrubs and trees, some large and mature, appear to have died this winter. These losses are far greater than are usually seen even in Britain's coldest weather and will be a surprise to many gardeners. It seems the December cold snap is responsible. Research during the last century...
Green measures: Carbon price goes up to fund renewablesThe Independent | 24 Mar 2011
Two long-awaited steps towards Britain becoming a low-carbon economy were announced by Mr Osborne: the creation of a Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the establishment of a "floor price" for carbon.
Green measures at a glanceGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
From the green investment bank to a carbon floor price - here are the environmental announcements made by the chancellor. Green investment bank. George Osborne confirmed, as the Guardian indicated last week, that the bank will be able to borrow money and raise capital rather than just be a finite...
Osborne's plans are disaster for the environmentGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Green bank is the government's biggest budget test. The "greenest government ever" has delivered the blackest budget in living memory. It provides a roaring incentive to use more oil, just as we might be heading towards an oil crisis. It has given the green light to the aviation industry to keep expanding, despite the government's promise to limit its impact. It has made a mockery of green investment.
Japan nuclear crisis puts UK public off new power stationsGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
Support for new nuclear in UK falls by 12% following near-meltdown at Fukushima in Japan, Friends of the Earth finds Support for nuclear power in the UK has dropped by twelve percent following the near-meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to a national opinion poll conducted since the earthquake near Japan that triggered a devastating tsunami.
No 'offsets' says climate committeeThe Independent | 22 Mar 2011
The UK should meet targets to reduce greenhouse gases up to 2017 by action at home and not by buying "offsets", the Government's climate committee said today.
Spring is here, say UK nature watchersGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
Spring has arrived - and much earlier than last year, according to sightings of nature recorded by the public. The Woodland Trust, which runs the Nature's Calendar project that allows the public to report signs of the seasons across the country, said this year was following the recent trend for...
The key green announcements to watch forGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
It's make or break time for some of the coalition's biggest environmental policies including the totemic green investment bank. Plus: a possible windfall for nuclear power "If I become chancellor, the Treasury will become a green ally, not a foe." Those were the brave words spoken by George Osborne in opposition, before he'd met the stony-faced officials. Now he has to deliver.
Is 'Climate Week' inspirational or hypocritical?Guardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
A business-backed week of low-carbon events and awards will celebrate practical action on climate change. But does the sponsorship by RBS taint the event? What to make of Climate Week, which began today? On the positive side, there are thousands of activities taking place around the UK, from an...