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Climate march in Marrakech during COP22, 13 November 2016 climate change

Musings from Marrakech: Reflections on the COP22 climate negotiations






Compared to last year’s COP21 in Paris, the work that needed to be hammered out in Marrakech was never going to be the most glamorous, but as we again break global records for the hottest year on record, it is especially significant. And it delivered more of a roller-coaster course than expected. From celebrating the […]

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Sign for the new BEIS Department © gov.uk

Could BEIS be the vehicle the low carbon economy has been waiting for?






Climate change took centre stage in the controversy surrounding the formation of Theresa May’s government this July. One day into her premiership, it was announced that DECC would be merged with BIS, to form BEIS. Politicians and campaigners were quick to point out that, in the acronym acrobatics of the new Prime Minister’s departmental restructure, […]

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Brexit need not mean the end of the UK’s strong environmental rules says WWF legal adviser Debbie Tripley






The European Union has contributed a lot to environmental policies in the UK, such as the EU Birds and Habitats directives, which saw the rare bittern brought back from the brink of extinction in the UK, and which have protected a range of wildlife sites up and down our country and across Europe. Now that […]

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Fields, wind turbines and solar panels © Global Warming Images / David Lawson / WWF-UK Brexit

Keeping climate policy alive after Brexit






“Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum” Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Climate change is a political issue. It is such a big problem that we cannot tackle it without ambitious legislation from global governments to reduce our emissions. Of course, we encourage individuals […]

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A low carbon energy system won’t build itself






If the UK is to meet its climate change targets at least cost, the Government’s stated intention, then the power sector must be largely decarbonised by 2030. The Energy Bill had its Second Reading in Parliament last week. This again put the spotlight on Government support for the renewable sector, given the battle between the […]

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