From the TUC


£1billion a year essential for new flood defences

20 Jan 2015, by in Environment

£1billion a year must be spent on flood defences over the next decade to cope with the rising threat of flooding, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and campaigners like Friends of the Earth. In a new initiative, they argue for an end to building new homes in flood-risk areas, to prevent communities…

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Time for energy democracy

13 Jan 2015, by in Environment

How much more coal, oil and gas including shale gas can we continue to burn and still have a 50:50 chance of keeping the rise in global average temperatures below 2 degrees C? The Coalition’s Infrastructure Bill would make it legally binding on government to “Maximise the economic recovery of UK Petroleum.” But even at…

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MEPs fight to save Europe’s air quality, women’s rights and recycling plans

19 Dec 2014, by in Environment

Europe’s “fresh start” under the Juncker Presidency has already run into opposition from MEPs. A draft document leaked to the press last week shows that key EU environmental proposals on clean air, waste and recycling (the so-called ‘circular economy’), and stronger protection for pregnant workers had been ‘discontinued’. This week the European Commission publicly adopted…

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TUC Green Christmas newsletter – some bright, some sobering news

18 Dec 2014, by in Environment

Seasonally daft and seasonally sobering news from the TUC’s latest Greenworkplaces newsletter. First up is Prospect’s new A-Z Guide to a Sustainable Christmas, a light hearted look at Christmas through a sustainability lens…..and with a fair amount of poetic licence. It’s full of useful advice on reducing seasonal waste (or “waist”) and energy consumption. Just…

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Lima blog #6: Unions must influence country commitments

15 Dec 2014, by in Environment

In solidarity and shared purpose, the international trade union delegation and its Peruvian hosts worked their socks off inside the Lima climate conference.  Outside it, the Peoples Summit enriched the city centre, and 20,000 marched on the UN for climate justice. But the conference itself largely turned its back on civil society, with governments failing…

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UK Shale Gas: A trade union view

12 Dec 2014, by in Environment

The Spectator magazine recently held an energy event called The UK Domestic Energy Landscape: Fixing Britain’s Energy Market, hosted at the offices of the law firm Eversheds. Carbon Brief reported that it “was best summed up” by one of their partners Marcus Trinick who said: “There is no such thing as objective truth in energy…

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