Government & Politics

Groups with 11m supporters call on David Cameron to lead at UN Climate Summit

The UK’s leading environmental and development groups have been joined by the IKEA Group, the National Trust, Unilever and the Women’s Institute in calling on David Cameron to speak out at the UN Climate Summit in New York. Read more »

With three people killed or seriously injured every day on London's streets, Assembly members ‘Come Together’ for pedestrian safety

London Assembly Members Richard Tracey, Valerie Shawcross, Darren Johnson and Tom Copley on Abbey Road © Rob Taylor for RJTmedia

On average, three people every day are killed or seriously injured whilst walking the streets of London. A staggering 25 per cent of fatalities take place on pedestrian crossings - an additional 19 per cent take place within 50 metres of one. Read more »

UK provides help for women to access clean energy

Access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future.

The Department for International Development is to help fund new research that will provide girls and women with clean sources of energy. Around 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion rely on firewood for cooking and heating. Every year at least 2 million people die from burning solid fuels indoors in unventilated kitchens, the majority women and children. Read more »

World population mapping helps combat poverty and poor health

WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps

A team of researchers led by the University of Southampton has launched an online project to map detailed population information from countries around the world. Read more »

A model for the UK? Germany invests 1.5% of GDP to reduce the impact of climate change

A new study released by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) provides the first comprehensive overview of how German businesses, households, and government finance renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more »

A 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets unachievable, warns cross-party Environmental Audit Committee

A Treasury-led 'dash for gas' could make the UK's carbon targets under the Climate Change Act unachievable, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee has warned in the report of its inquiry into the Autumn Statement 2012: Environmental Issues. Read more »

Aiming to save the output of 22 power stations, UK Government leads push for greater energy efficiency

A transformation in the way energy is used across the UK economy could help boost growth and jobs, and investing in energy efficiency could save up to 22 power stations-worth of energy by 2020, according to the Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy published on 12th November 2012. Read more »

State of the Environment Report for Wales published

Progress is being made in improving the environment in Wales, show new statistics published on Thursday 21st July 2011. Read more »

£15m in new grants to subsidise green heating at home

Householders across the country could get up to £1,250 of government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pum Read more »

Responsibility Deal offers smaller shops & restaurants opportunity to save money & recycle more

Family-run restaurants and independent shops will be able to save money and access better recycling under a new deal between Government and the waste industry, Environment Minister Lord Henley has Read more »

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