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Climate change, energy policy, and the need for a ‘Just Transition’ to a more sustainable economy.

#COP21: Cameron divests from our future

01 Dec 2015, by in Environment

Here in Paris there is a sense of disbelief that David Cameron has scrapped a £1 billion green infrastructure investment in the shape of the UK’s programme for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Projects at White Rose, Yorkshire, and Peterhead, Scotland, were set to be the star turn at a major event here at the UN climate…

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Chancellor devastates carbon capture industry with £1 billion funding cut #SpendingReview

25 Nov 2015, by in Environment

Without informing Parliament today, the Chancellor broke has cut the entire £1 billion funding for the UK’s Carbon Capture and Storage programme, leaving the power and industrial sectors in a state of shock. CCS was a Tory Manifesto commitment: “We will protect our planet for our children…committing £1 billion for carbon capture and storage.” The…

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Greenprint for a low carbon industrial strategy

16 Nov 2015, by in Environment

The “perfect storm” hitting the steel industry has cost up to 10,000 jobs in the North East alone, directly or as consequence of steel plant closures. The Chancellor’s Spending Review on 25 November is likely to make matters worse, with expected staffing and research budgets cut by 25% to 40% at the unprotected business department in…

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OECD wants “cool policies” to tackle climate change and stimulate growth

10 Nov 2015, by in Environment

With evidence that for the first time, global temperature increases are now halfway towards the threshold of dangerous climate change, the OECD has called for government-led investment strategies and stronger regulatory frameworks to tackle climate change. Its effects “may otherwise not be manageable, even catastrophic.” Yet the Conservative government is criticised today by the Environmental…

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Timely call for stewards at Peoples’ March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

04 Nov 2015, by in Environment

The brilliant team organising the national climate demonstration in London on 29/11 has issued an urgent appeal for more stewards here, just as the UN warns that government pledges ahead of the Paris Treaty negotiations cannot prevent dangerous climate change. As unions prepare to support the national demonstration, the Cameron government, cutting to the heart…

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