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UK steps towards zero-carbon economy

Wednesday - The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical "green" future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

Fracking part of the deal, says UK minister

Tuesday - As she considers setting a date for the UK emissions to hit net-zero, UK energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry said fracking for new gas resources remained “pragmatic policy”.

Top climate scientist blasts fracking plans

Monday - One of the world’s leading climate scientists, James Hansen, has launched a scathing attack on the UK government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.

BBC to show first climate film since 2007

Monday - A 90-minute film with the working title Two Degrees will be shown on BBC television next March. It will be the first time BBC One has aired a primetime documentary dedicated to the topic of climate change since 2007.

Labour’s low-carbon plan is a good start

8 Oct 18 - The UK Labour Party’s plan for a low-carbon Britain breaks new ground and could offer a lifeline to a clean energy sector hit by the withdrawal of subsidies.

Financial watchdog chases big firms over climate risk

18 Sep 18 - Budget airline EasyJet and three other major companies have been reported to the UK’s Financial Reporting Council for failing to adequately report to shareholders on their climate change exposure.

THIS IS THE BBC: How to best report climate change news

10 Sep 18 - The BBC, one of the world’s largest and most respected news organisations, has issued formal guidance to its journalists on how to report climate change.

World's largest offshore windfarm opens

7 Sep 18 - The world’s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects.

Pension funds could face legal action over risk

16 Aug 18 - Some of the UK’s largest pension funds are in danger of legal action over the risks posed by climate change.

Landmark churches turn to renewable energy

6 Aug 18 - Some of the UK’s oldest and most prominent church buildings are making the switch to 100 per cent renewable energy.

Cross-party MPs urge May to go carbon free

3 Aug 18 - A cross-party group of British MPs has called on the government to create a net-zero emissions target before 2050.

How Penzance became the UK's first plastics-free town

26 Jul 18 - The Cornwall community of Penzance last December became the UK's first plastics-free town. Now, 330 towns aim to follow suit.

Large chunk of supermarket plastic not recyclable

25 Jul 18 - An investigation by a consumer body has found mixed results on the levels of recyclable plastic in the UK’s largest supermarkets.

Burning of waste set to overtake recycling in England

20 Jul 18 - England is on the brink of burning more of its rubbish in incinerators than it recycles for the first time, according to a new analysis.

UK can go low-carbon at no extra cost, say advisers

16 Jul 18 - The UK can have low-carbon electricity, heat and transport in 2050 at the same cost as today’s high-carbon energy system, according to infrastructure advisers.

Church of England wields divestment axe

11 Jul 18 - The Church of England will divest from all fossil fuel companies which are not taking steps to combat climate change.

London might have found a new job for lost rivers

10 Jul 18 - Campaigners are targeting London’s lost rivers, water courses that have been gradually buried over the centuries, as a source of fossil fuel-free heat.

UK moves on e-car charging in new homes

10 Jul 18 - New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.

Energy firm launches ‘vegan electricity tariff’

9 Jul 18 - A UK energy company has launched the world’s first vegan electricity tariff in a bid to highlight the use of animal products within the energy industry.

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