Obama law could rule out new US coal plants

The United States is putting forward laws to limit carbon pollution from new power plants which some are suggesting could effectively rule out new coal plants in the USA. Under proposals for the first Clean Air Act standard from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), any new coal and natural gas power plants will have […]

Small businesses have ‘most green employees’

Small and medium-sized businesses are creating more ‘green jobs’, according to a new EU survey. According to a Eurobarometer survey on ‘SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets’, green jobs are largely created in SMEs as opposed to large firms. In 2012, one in eight employees of small and medium-sized firms had a green job or […]

Mexico could join UK on climate laws

Mexico could follow the UK’s example and become the second country in the world to introduce national climate change laws. The environmental charity WWF is urging Mexico’s Congress to adopt the first version of the Mexican Climate Change Law at a vote expected to take place tomorrow. Some companies in the country’s steel and coal […]

Government ‘holds its nerve’ on sustainable planning reforms

Builders and big business are praising the Government for “holding its nerve” on new reforms of the planning system. Yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government brought out its new policy framework, which changes the way developers get permission for building projects. “Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption […]

CCS roadmap due over Easter

The Government’s roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage will be launched over Easter, Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced yesterday. Mr Davey told Parliament in a written statement he will also launch the £1billion programme meant to help the new technology become cost effective during the Commons’ recess. The Government will hope this can jump-start confidence […]

New Centre for Carbon Measurement opens

A new UK centre for research into carbon emissions and climate modelling opens today. The Centre for Carbon Measurement will be based at The National Physical Laboratory in London. The Centre will work on producing reliable climate data to help UK policy makers in areas such as meeting emissions reduction targets through clean energy generation, […]

BP wins permission for controversial oil well

BP will begin exploring an oil well at North Uist off the coast of the Shetland Islands after winning permission from DECC late yesterday. The British oil explorer, which was plunged into controversy after the blowout at its Gulf of Mexico well in 2010, said safety had been an “absolute priority” when it was submitting […]

Green group’s gloomy Budget predictions

Green charity Greenpeace is predicting a “hammer” blow for the environment in tomorrow’s Budget. The gloomy forecast from the campaign group warns planning reforms could “drop important provisions protecting local green space” and wants these reforms to be scrapped. John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace said: “The Chancellor appears determined to wield an ideological hammer […]

US economists urge Obama to push for global carbon tax

President Barack Obama should press for a global carbon tax, a Nobel Prize-winning Harvard economist has told ELN. Professor Eric S. Maskin from the Department of Economics at Harvard University suggested America should even adopt a carbon tax, like Europe has, to “set a good example” to the rest of the world. The comments come […]

X-Men star is water ambassador

X-Men star Famke Janssen is taking on a new role – not in a Hollywood film but as a Water Ambassador for an NGO, the Green Cross International. The Dutch-born actress, who has previously served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, will help promote awareness about water conservation around the world. Ms Janssen said: “Water […]