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We take the science seriously in tackling climate change, says Minister

Climate change experts met in Cardiff this week to discuss Wales’s approach to managing climate change.

The event, hosted by the Welsh Government and sponsored by the Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies, brought together independent and internationally renowned scientists from the Met Office, the Climate Change Consortium of Wales and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Resource following the recent publication of a comprehensive assessment of global climate change by the UN.


Agreement on sharing of miscanthus genetic resources between Republic of Korea and UK

Aberystwyth University is set to sign agreements with Seoul National University to share miscanthus germplasm, based on principles of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to help boost bioenergy production and combat climate change.

East Asian indigenous genetic resources of miscanthus are useful for improving existing miscanthus bioenergy crops elsewhere in the world. Miscanthus may be used to create higher energy yields on lower grade lands which are less suitable for food production.

European energy policy makers recognise the importance of bioenergy crops in the future mix of renewables, and national policies are being developed to encourage their commercial deployment.


China 'bans' airlines from joining EU carbon scheme

Environment UK chinaAnalysts say there could be a protracted legal dispute, with the EU unlikely to give way.
China has "banned" all airlines in the country from joining the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

The authorities have also barred the airlines from increasing their fares or adding new charges for the scheme.

The ban comes just weeks after the China Air Transport Association said its members did not support the ETS.


Ministers admit pollution breach

bluThe government has admitted breaching European Union pollution legislation, during a High Court battle with environmental campaign group. Lawyers for Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman made the admission following action by ClientEarth.

But Judge Mr Justice Mitting said any enforcement action was a matter for the European Commission.

He refused to make any declaration, or to order Mrs Spelman to outline plans for cutting pollution levels.


Mega-Dam in Peru’s Amazonian rainforest halted by indigenous peoples’ opposition

In what is being internationally heralded as a victory for the world's indigenous peoples, Brazilian construction company, Odebrecht, has announced its withdrawal from the planned development of the Tambo-40 Hydroelectric Dam on the Tambo River in the Peruvian Amazon, due to the strong opposition by potentially affected indigenous communities.


Essex business is UK’s fastest growing in cleantech industry

cliClimate Energy Ltd, a Witham based carbon reduction agency, has been recognised as the UK’s Fastest Growing Large Cleantech company at the GP Bullhound Cleantech Connect Awards 2011.


Government urged to introduce energy intensive compensation package or risk UK investments - EEF

Analysis shows Carbon Price Floor to cost manufacturing £1.2 billion annually by 2020

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has published a compensation package of measures for energy intensive sectors that it believes government must introduce or, risk future investment and job creation in the UK.  


Environmental activists give London Mayoral candidates a 7am wake-up call

alicecleanairlondonAt 7am this morning eight women from environmental action group Climate Rush visited the homes of Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone – the Conservative and Labour London Mayoral candidates. Dressed in scrubs and wearing surgical masks the women invited the two candidates to commit to bringing London’s air quality within legal limits and to join a direct action protest planned for the evening of Wednesday 13th July.


Cameron falls short of his green promise

leafGreen campaigners praise David Cameron and his energy secretary, Chris Huhne, for setting bold new carbon emissions cuts. And so they should. The UK now has the toughest legally binding targets in the world, and with them the chance to be a leader in a job-rich green economic future. But that does not mean it has in place the policies to deliver.