• Carbon Laws Threatening UK Energy Security, CBI Says

    • Date: 28/04/10

    British power stations may be forced to close early under proposed changes to European Union emissions laws, threatening the nation’s energy security, according to an industry lobby group. As many as 14 electricity plants, representing as much as a quarter of the country’s generating capacity, may need to install new equipment to curb emissions by […]

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  • EU Emissions Trading Cash To Fund New Coal Plants

    • Date: 27/04/10

    European countries will be able to use money from a key EU scheme for reducing climate-changing carbon emissions to build new coal-fired power stations, documents leaked to The Independent suggest. Billions of pounds in revenues from the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) – under which power plants have to buy “permits to pollute” so they […]

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  • False Alarm Over Volcanic ‘Ash Cloud’

    • Date: 26/04/10

    Britain’s airspace was closed under false pretences, with satellite images revealing there was no doomsday volcanic ash cloud over the entire country. Skies fell quiet for six days, leaving as many as 500,000 Britons stranded overseas and costing airlines hundreds of millions of pounds. Estimates put the number of Britons still stuck abroad at 30,000. […]

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  • ‘Green’ BBC Spends £5 Million Flying Staff Around Britain

    • Date: 26/04/10

    The BBC has spent almost £5million on flying its directors, staff and guests around Britain, it has been revealed. Despite the corporation’s pledge to be more environmentally friendly, the licence-fee payer has funded almost 100 short-haul flights a day for BBC staff – a massive 68,000 plane trips over the past two years. And BBC […]

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  • Most UK Farmers Unaffected By Climate Change

    • Date: 23/04/10

    An increasing number of British farmers say they are unaffected by climate change, a survey found on Friday. British public belief in climate change in general has sagged in the aftermath of disclosure of errors made by a U.N. climate panel report. Some 62 percent of a poll of 414 farmers said they were unaffected […]

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  • Biofuels Cause Four Times More Carbon Emissions

    • Date: 22/04/10

    Green fuels made from soy beans cause four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol, according to a European report into biofuels. The European Union, including the UK, has set a goal of obtaining 10 per cent of its road fuels from renewable sources by 2020. But a new report commissioned in Brussels found […]

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  • UK Government ‘Too Cautious’ Over Ash Cloud, Minister Admits

    • Date: 21/04/10

    The Transport Secretary today admitted that the Government had been “too cautious” in its decision to keep British airspace closed for six days, as criticism of the blanket flying ban increased. Speaking on BBC radio Lord Adonis said: “I think it’s fair to say that we have been too cautious. ‘We’ being the international safety […]

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  • Flawed Computer Models, Poor Decision-Making Cost Airlines $1.7 Billion

    • Date: 21/04/10

    Global airlines have lost about $1.7bn (£1.1bn) of revenue as a result of the disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcanic eruption, a body has said. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that at its height, the “crisis” hit almost a third of global flights. It also estimated that 1.2 million passengers a day were […]

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