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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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#AutumnStatement 2014: No budget for a green economy

03 Dec 2014, by in Environment

This was no budget for a green economy. There’s no notion of how the Chancellor’s infrastructure plans or business incentives would contribute to green growth, nor how to avoid any of the downside risks of these plans. Environmental levies look increasingly like a straight revenue raiser. Osborne focussed instead on high carbon ticket items including…

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Austerity will continue to hit frontline flood defences

03 Dec 2014, by in Environment

One thing at least is clear from the Autumn Statement: austerity measures will continue to undermine our national response to climate change, notably our frontline flood defences. No new money is involved in the multi-year capital programme for flood defence work, as the Committee on Climate Change confirms. The independent advisory body has warned that…

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Questions for coalition on flood defence promises

02 Dec 2014, by in Environment

Increased spending on flood defences and exploratory talks for the first lagoon power project with potential to provide 8% of the UK’s energy have been trailed as key to the government’s infrastructure plans. But already the Oppostion is arguing that this is not new money – at the beginning of this parliament David Cameron cut…

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