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Christiana Figueres’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution

International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say

The STA is calling for £95m in subsidies over the next three years

£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing

A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.

Staff at Mark Group Ltd, which was founded in Leicester in 1974, were told the news yesterday afternoon

Solar-panel installer goes into administration, costing 1,000 jobs

The Mark Group blames recent government policy announcements for scuppering its turnaround plan.

The US is expected to offer emissions cuts of 26% to 28% by 2025 relative to 2005 levels

US set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty

The US will pledge to cut carbon pollution by up to 28%, doubling the pace of current emissions cuts, under a global agreement on climate change to be finalised in Paris at the end of the year.

The paper industry has expressed shock and sadness at the news of the closure of the Aylesford Newsprint mill

Aylesford Newsprint goes into administration

Aylesford Newsprint, a paper manufacturer which specialises in recycling paper for reuse as newsprint, has gone into administration.

The US was on track to be the world's biggest producer of oil in 2015

Activists say Obama action on methane emissions 'misses 90% of pollution'

Barack Obama has defied a Republican Congress to move ahead on his climate agenda on Wednesday, cracking down on methane emissions from America's oil and natural gas boom.

Current CO2 levels are 2.74% higher than 2013 and 5.96% higher than 2012

US energy review results clash with Obama's Climate Summit speech

Despite an increase of 4% in the production of renewable energy over the past 18 months, new figures have revealed a marked increase in fossil fuel consumption across the US.

Eric Pickles urges councils to back weekly waste collections

Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.

Green sky thinking: Six truly amazing renewable ideas

From the weird to the wonderful, the space age to the bizarre, green innovators are coming up with amazing inventions to create a more sustainable future.

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful...

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker gave the keynote speech at the Eco Technology Show today (26 June)

Greg Barker: 'Greenest Government ever' is delivering on its promise

The Energy Minister has hit back at claims that the coalition Government has failed to deliver on its promise to be 'the greenest ever', insisting that David Cameron's administration is actually 'delivering like no other' on climate change.

Officials have confirmed that a set of solar panels on the roof of the White House is now operational

White House solar panels power up

Barack Obama unveils new solar expansion plans as officials confirm White House panels are now operational.

Atmospheric CO2 levels reach 'highest in human history'

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere have reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history, according to the latest data.

The steel industry has agreed to extend its energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020

Industrial sectors sign up to 2020 energy efficiency targets

The UK's energy intensive industries have agreed to commit to extending energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020 as part of the voluntary Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme.

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Anger as oil chief appointed to climate committee

Wide condemnation has been expressed at the appointment of climate change sceptic and oil company director Peter Lilley to the House of Commons energy and climate change select committee.

Sterecycle enters administration as trading suffers

Waste treatment and renewable energy provider Sterecycle has gone into administration following a "significant downturn" in trading results.

Enpure enters administration due to credit woes

Water and waste process engineering firm Enpure has gone into administration following a challenging period of trading which has seen the company experience significant creditor pressure.

Nationwide has developed a bespoke version of the Carbon Trust's Empower online energy efficiency tool

Nationwide's energy efficiency tool aims to change behaviour of 15,000 staff

Building society Nationwide has developed a bespoke version of the Carbon Trust's online energy efficiency tool to help its 15,000 employees make better environmental decisions and consequently save on energy costs.

The loan provided to TGDFC will help protect consumers upgrading their homes under the Green Deal

Government boost to Green Deal will help protect consumers

A £7m loan secured by The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFG) will encourage businesses to become Green Deal certified and protect consumers, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Firemen at Loddon's premises following a huge blaze last year

Fire-hit battery recycler Loddon goes into administration

Battery reprocessor Loddon Recycling whose Hampshire base was hit by a major fire last summer has gone into administration after 40 years of trading.

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