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Forestry Commission: Facing the chopGuardian Unlimited | 28 Jan 2011
The government is determined that the state ceases to run forests directly - an approach shaped by ideology. Britain's forests are not yet out of the woods, despite yesterday's seductively reassuring consultation paper on their future. This asks the public whether it agrees with a series of banal...
Woodland sell-off plans - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 27 Jan 2011
Britains woodlands are precious for millions of people, a source not only of great curiosity but also great fulfilment. They offer important habitats to much loved wildlife, as well as enjoyment and beauty to families up and down the country. Its no surprise that there has been an upswell of...
Ministers reveal list of 142 court closuresEpolitix.com | 14 Dec 2010
The government will close 93 magistrates' courts and 49 county courts in England and Wales, the Commons has heard. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly made a statement to MPs on the planned shake-up of the courts service in England and Wales. Only 15 courts included in the government's consultation are due to be saved. The minister said he was "determined" to develop a proper court service" and for £22m of capital to be reinvested to "improve and modernise courts in the future".
BP CEO defends BP safety record under MP grillingReuters | 15 Sep 2010
BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward defended the oil giant's safety culture under a grilling from British members of parliament as UK regulators released dozens of documents questioning the company's record.
Scotland to align green energy laws with EnglandReuters | 08 Sep 2010
The Scottish government launched two public consultations on Wednesday aimed at bringing its small-scale green project planning and renewable rewards laws in line with those in the rest of the United Kingdom.
The greenest government ever? Only if the Treasury can be tamed | Michael JacobsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Sep 2010
The silence from Osborne and Cable is ominous. The next few weeks are crucial to keep the low-carbon economy on track. This would be "the greenest government ever", David Cameron declared in May - easy words in the first flush of office. The difficult thing is making them true. In the next few weeks the coalition will confront a series of decisions that will tell us if the heady rhetoric of spring is to be fulfilled – or regretted.
Green measures in the Lib Dem manifestoGuardian Unlimited | 14 Apr 2010
The green measures set out the Lib Dem manifesto are the most progressive and radical of all the major parties - but will the party ever get the chance to put them into action?
Brown needs green emphasisGreen Consumer Guide | 28 Sep 2006
Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has urged Chancellor Gordon Brown to put more urgency behind green issues, following his speech at the Labour Party Conference this week.
Campbell confronts prospect of defeat on green tax switchGuardian Unlimited | 20 Sep 2006
Sir Menzies Campbell was on the brink of defeat today on tax policies designed to appeal to middle England, as a rebellion gathered strength to insist the party keep its commitment to a 50p tax rate on those earning more than £150,000 a year.
WWF-UK: Shell's Sakhalin II environmental oil permit cancelledWWF-UK | 20 Sep 2006
The Russian government has cancelled an environmental permit for Shell's $20 billion oil and gas project in the far east of Russia. This has the potential to suspend the construction of the project until the permit is satisfied.
UK and China continue green aimsGreen Consumer Guide | 20 Sep 2006
The UK-China climate change working group was launched this week, with an agreement by Environment Secretary David Miliband and the Chinese Minister for National Development and Reform Commission Ma Kai.
Putting climate on the agenda at party conferencesFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 14 Sep 2006
A unique collaboration will see some of Britain's most respected scientists join the country's political and business leaders at this year's party conferences to push for urgent action on climate change.
Brazil and UK to develop ethanol project in AfricaReuters | 06 Sep 2006
Brazil, the world's largest ethanol exporter, and Britain want to develop the production of ethanol from sugar cane in southern Africa, officials from both governments said on Tuesday.
Blair promotes energy audits for householdsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Aug 2006
British households may be given state-subsidised individual carbon audits on their homes to encourage them to cut their own contribution to global warming, Tony Blair will say.
Tropical fish trade threatens to devastate reefsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Aug 2006
Leading marine biologists have called for a crackdown on the trade in tropical fish, which is threatening to destroy the world's already endangered coral reefs.
Unsustainable offices highlightedGreen Consumer Guide | 08 Aug 2006
UK businesses are losing millions of pounds each year through badly-designed, environmentally unfriendly office buildings, according to a new study by international architects Gensler.
Lebanon calls for oil spill helpGreen Consumer Guide | 08 Aug 2006
A major oil spill off the coast of Lebanon will be contained by the European Unions civil protection mechanism, following a request from the war-torn countrys authorities.
Wind farm study reveals seabird dataGreen Consumer Guide | 02 Aug 2006
A new aerial study of seabird populations in locations with offshore wind farms has revealed large numbers and high diversity in areas that had previously been understood.