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Justice Department to set up oil spill probe task forceReuters | 07 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said on Monday that it will create a single task force to oversee all aspects of its criminal investigation into last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Climate Week is trying to galvanise the green movement - but it is splitting itGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
The backing of Cameron, Clegg and Kofi Annan isn't enough, say Climate Week's critics, it is blinkered - and RBS-sponsored Climate Week is coming. If that means nothing to you, how do you fancy a "supercharged national occasion that offers an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change"? Still not clear? Well, the plan, Climate Week founder Kevin Steele tells me, is "all about pointing people to real low-carbon actions that are already happening.
Energy efficiency- 'a win for all'Epolitix.com | 01 Mar 2011
Ahead of a Carbon Connect report launch in Parliament, Lord Teverson discusses how government and business can collaborate in promoting energy efficiency.
Is the UK's 'vision' weak?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
The government's plan to put sustainable development 'at the heart of all it does' fails to convince. With little fanfare, and minimal formatting, the UK government has released its plan for "Mainstreaming sustainable development" in government. My instant impression is of lukewarm words and little...
Internet 'astroturfing' on the riseGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
The tobacco industry does it, the US Air Force clearly wants to ... astroturfing - the use of sophisticated software to drown out real people on web forums – is on the rise. How do we stop it?Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by...
Letters: When the rot set in at the Forestry CommissionGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2011
I've worked in the commercial forestry sector for more than 30 years, and I welcome John Vidal's contribution to the current debate (England's forests are not out of the woods yet, 19 February). A more vibrant Forestry Commission (FC) is essential to the UK's forest industry; and yes, its commercial woodlands can and should finance amenity woodlands for public benefit. But how?
Tougher EU climate goal could boost GDP: studyReuters | 21 Feb 2011
A tougher European Union goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions could create jobs and boost economic growth by 2020, rather than slow it down as many EU governments fear, a study said on Monday.
Co-operative Group commits to ambitious ethical operating planGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
Co-op aims to cut carbon emissions by 35%, increase Fairtrade product lines and invest £1bn in green energy. The Co-operative Group is launching an ethical operating plan that it hopes will set a benchmark for corporate responsibility on carbon reduction, fair trade and community involvement. The group, which employs 120,000 staff, also plans to increase its membership from 6 million to 20 million and double its support for green energy to £1bn.
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".
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".
How bike hire users can cut emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Serco's fleet of vehicles used to tow trailers of bikes have been involved in road accidents and create emissionsJust when Transport for London (TfL) thought the bike hire scheme provided an answer to London's carbon emissions problem, they found a snag - bikes cannot be provided without producing emissions. TfL uses Serco contractors to move hire bicycles around London, so there are enough in each dock to meet demand, while ensuring there is space for users to drop theirs off.
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Plans scrapped after furious backlash and Ed Miliband jibing about PM changing the Conservative emblem to a tree. David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government's biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of...
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...
The dirty history of corporate spyingGuardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
Hiring private detectives to conduct surveillance and infiltration operations against environmental groups is, sadly, nothing new. Private spying by large corporations into the affairs of environmental groups, as revealed by the Guardian, is nothing new in the US. Last November, as Mother Jones reported, Greenpeace went into federal district court in Washington, seeking an injunction against Dow Chemical Company and Sasol North America for meddling in its internal affairs.
World Bank warns of soaring food price dangersGuardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
A spike in global food prices has pushed millions more into poverty since last summer, said World Bank president Robert Zoellick. The World Bank has given a stark warning of the impact of the rising cost of food, saying an estimated 44 million people had been pushed into poverty since last summer by soaring commodity prices. Robert Zoellick, the Bank's president, said food prices had risen by almost 30% in the past year and were within striking distance of the record levels reached during 2008.
'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.