• Global Sea Ice Updates Suspended: NSIDC Confirms Problems With Satellite Data

    • Date: 14/04/16
    • Anthony Watts, Watts Up With That

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has suspended daily sea ice extent updates until further notice, due to issues with the satellite data used to produce these images. The vertically polarized 37 GHz channel (37V) of the Special Sensor Microwave Imager and Sounder (SSMIS) on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 satellite […]

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  • Britain’s £3 Billion Climate Policy Blunder Exposed

    • Date: 14/04/16
    • Reuters

    A British government scheme costing energy firms 3 billion pounds to help people save money on their bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions has not provided value for money, a parliamentary watchdog said. The report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), said “neither we nor the Department (of Energy and Climate Change) can determine the […]

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  • Green Britain May Re-Nationalise Uncompetitive Steel Industry

    • Date: 11/04/16
    • Jim Pickard and Michael Pooler, Financial Times

    Sajid Javid, the business secretary, opened up the possibility of a part-nationalisation of Port Talbot steelworks after offering to co-invest with a buyer “on commercial terms”. Mr Javid has previously ruled out full nationalisation of the business but his comments signal the potential for the government to take a stake in the industry, which has […]

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  • Britain’s High Energy Prices May Kill Port Talbot Rescue Plan

    • Date: 11/04/16
    • Kiran Stacey and Michael Pooler, Financial Times

    The issue of high energy prices is “the main hurdle in this whole equation” of how to save Port Talbot, Mr Gupta told the Financial Times. Port Talbot steel plant Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to rescue the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales by ripping out and replacing its blast furnaces would leave it twice as exposed to […]

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  • Another Green Mega-Flop: £2 Billion Wasted On ‘Failure Of Catastrophic Proportions’

    • Date: 11/04/16
    • Martin Delgado, The Mail on Sunday

    It was hailed as an environmentally friendly way of disposing of thousands of tons of household waste. But only nine years after a £2 billion private finance initiative (PFI) contract was signed, two of Britain’s biggest recycling plants are set to close, leaving more than 250 workers facing redundancy. The closure of the facilities in […]

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  • Gupta: No Future For UK Steel If Energy Prices Don’t Come Down

    • Date: 10/04/16
    • Alan Tovey, The Sunday Telegraph

    The man touted as the most likely saviour of Tata’s loss-making UK steel empire has threatened to walk away from a potential deal if the Government fails to meet his terms. Sanjeev Gupta, the only prospective buyer to come forward to take on Tata’s strip steel business, has said he is “not married” to a […]

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  • Lights Go Out On Solar Power After British Government Cuts Subsidies

    • Date: 09/04/16
    • Joe Mellor, The London Economic

    The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the government’s cuts to subsidies, according to new figures. A fall in solar power was expected following a 65% reduction in government incentives paid to householders, but the size of the drop-off will dismay green campaigners […]

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  • France Casts Fresh Doubt Over Britain’s Decarbonisation Agenda

    • Date: 08/04/16
    • Adam Sage, Paris | Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor | Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor

    French plans to build an £18 billion nuclear plant in Britain have been thrown into doubt after one of France’s most senior ministers raised concerns over costs and suggested that it should be delayed. <img class=”Media-img” src=”//www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/methode%2Ftimes%2Fprod%2Fweb%2Fbin%2F84f1f9fe-fd0b-11e5-bf70-d6488fda9ae5.jpg?crop=1440,810,0,75&resize=320,” alt=””>Final approval for Hinkley Point had been expected next month, but the French government may yet order the […]

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