• A Scottish Reality Check: Emissions Targets Unachievable

    • Date: 23/05/10

    The SNP government is on track to suffer an embarrassing defeat in the Scottish Parliament this week unless it toughens up its targets for cutting pollution. Labour, LibDems and the Greens are threatening to combine to throw out ministers’ latest plans to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by just 0.5% in 2011 and 1% in […]

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  • Chris Huhne: Drill, Baby, Drill

    • Date: 21/05/10

    New UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said he was open to ideas for encouraging more exploration drilling in the North Sea, on a visit to Aberdeen yesterday. Mr Huhne met oil and gas bosses in the city and visited the annual All-Energy Show. He said he was committed to maximising the potential of the UK […]

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  • Britain’s Power Conundrum

    • Date: 20/05/10

    David Cameron, Britain’s new prime minister, may have succeeded in bridging his country’s political power gap, but another looms that could very quickly short-circuit the Tory leader’s grip on national power, unless his coalition government gets real – and quickly – over energy and environment. For one thing, the sale of two-thirds of the nation’s […]

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  • The Green Party Is Over: Eco-Subsidies At Risk Of Spending Cuts

    • Date: 19/05/10

    The future of the British motor industry and renewable energy in the UK is at stake as the new Government combs over the billions committed by Labour to supporting UK companies. In March alone, in the run-up to the election, Lord Mandelson, the former Business Secretary, pumped £1.8 billion of taxpayers’ money into British industry. […]

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  • The Ash Cloud That Never Was: Inaccurate Met Office Forecast Causes Airport Chaos

    • Date: 18/05/10

    The airport chaos that hit tens of thousands of travellers yesterday was based on a faulty ash cloud prediction. Officials closed south-eastern airspace for ten hours following a Met Office alert about dangerous levels of ‘black’ ash. Yet when the forecasters took fresh soundings, and sent up a plane to check, they found their assessment […]

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  • Airlines Join Forces To Condemn Risk Modellers

    • Date: 17/05/10

    The model used to predict the spread of the volcanic ash was condemned as “outdated, inappropriate and imaginary” as the airlines criticised Monday’s closure of airports which led to the cancellation of more than 300 flights. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways, said the repeated imposition of no-fly zones had been a “gross […]

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  • Campaigners Believe Green Agenda Will Lose Out

    • Date: 16/05/10

    Fears that the UK’s fight against climate change will be lost in the confusion of the Liberal-Conservative coalition were underlined yesterday when divisions between the two parties were exposed over nuclear power, renewable energy, airport expansion and offshore oil drilling. It emerged that the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne – one of […]

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  • New Green Tax: British Holidaymakers Face Higher Plane Fares

    • Date: 15/05/10

    Holidaymakers are faced with the prospect of higher plane fares and fewer flights after the new coalition government confirmed it will scrap the existing Air Passenger Duty. The flight tax has come under fire over the past year for huge increases and its imperfect application which has seen passengers travelling to countries in the Caribbean […]

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