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UK or Russian coal – that’s the question

04 Aug 2014, by in Environment

For all the focus on shale gas fracking and North Sea oil, coal is the UK’s forgotten fuel. The “carbon footprint” of coal in transit from Russia and Colombia is nearly 300 times that of locally sourced, UK-mined coal. Greenpeace says the UK spends nearly a billion pounds each year importing coal from Russia, with…

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Fracking puts climate change at risk, objectors argue

29 Jul 2014, by in Environment

Most of the 2,419 organisations and individuals responding to the government’s statutory consultation on its nationwide fracking plan  objected to it. “A substantial majority were against the licensing plan being adopted because of concerns over environmental effects,” the report says. Effects on public health, landscape, biodiversity, water resources, water contamination, climate change, traffic generation and…

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Fracking from a new hymn sheet?

28 Jul 2014, by in Environment

The focus groups have been hard at it, nuancing messages for the latest shale gas announcements. Gone is the bullish Prime Ministerial “We’re going all out for shale.” Now, we frack beauty spots “in exceptional circumstances.” Last year, Michael Fallon, then energy minister, said fracking “could test the thickness of rectory walls” in middle England.…

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Extreme lobbying propels extreme weather

24 Jul 2014, by in Environment

“The most significant early impacts of climate change are likely to be increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather,” the government was warned this month. How we manage climate risks will have a lasting impacts on well being and the economy. Yet in Brussels, extreme lobbying by the shale gas industry has blocked…

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Greening the workplace is core union business

14 Jul 2014, by in Environment

Greening the workplace is core union business. That’s the key lesson from the TUC’s 10th annual green reps conference on 11 July 2014 in London. We attracted more than 120 green union reps from right across the workplace spectrum; published a new report, The Union effect, measuring our progress on greening the workplace; and welcomed…

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Labour hits on essential role of carbon capture

09 Jul 2014, by in Economics

There are great opportunities for countries that develop the leading green technologies of tomorrow. So Labour has rightly hit on innovation policy for carbon capture and storage technology in its new CCS position paper. If Labour delivers, CCS will mean cheaper energy and a return to growth in industrial regions like the Tees Valley and…

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Carbon capture: White Rose takes yellow jersey

08 Jul 2014, by in Environment

The European Commission’s decision to award €300m to the White Rose carbon capture project in Yorkshire is great news for jobs and industrial investment in Yorkshire and the Humber. White Rose provides the anchor for capturing up to 17million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year from power and industry sources in the region, setting…

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Eco-innovation? No wonder we are out of the World Cup

02 Jul 2014, by in Environment

The absence of a “green growth” story in the Adonis report makes it seem, to an environmentalist, strangely out of time in an otherwise keen prescription to strengthen regional growth and fill significant gaps in finance for business, new technology and infrastructure. Adonis convincingly argues that the lack of coherent national innovation and industrial strategies…

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Good week for the green economy

27 Jun 2014, by in Environment

We learned this week that a record 20% of our energy was generated from renewables in the windy first quarter of 2104. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) said it created 3,500 jobs in wind and biomass projects last year. A new homes energy efficiency campaigned was launched at a packed meeting in the House of…

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US study links fracking to water contamination

19 Jun 2014, by in Environment

A quick internet search contradicts a claim by the energy Minister that, “There are no examples from the United States of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater, because as you will appreciate the fracturing takes place very much deeper than any groundwater levels.” Among several published academic studies, one shows concentrations of methane, propane and ethane in…

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