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St Mary-le-Bow, London, 1757, by artist Thomas Bowles.

Analysis: UK emissions fall 3.4% in 2022 as coal use drops to lowest level since 1757

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3.4% in 2022, according to new Carbon Brief analysis, ending a post-Covid rebound.  Emissions fro... Read More

Emissions | Mar 6. 2023.
Tree planting at Haweswater, Lake District, UK

Greenhouse gas removal: How could it help the UK reach net-zero by 2050?

A mix of scientists, economists and government advisers met in London last week to discuss how removing greenhouse gases from air could help the UK h... Read More

UK policy | May 17. 2022.
London cityscape with Big Ben and Westminster Bridge at sunset

In-depth Q&A: The UK’s net-zero strategy

The UK government has published its long-awaited net-zero strategy setting out how it plans to meet the country’s legally binding climate goals out... Read More

UK policy | Oct 21. 2021.

CCC: UK will miss climate goals by ‘huge margin’ without new policies

The UK government has once again failed to come forward with sufficient policies to meet the ambition of its climate goals, according to the Climate ... Read More

UK policy | Jun 24. 2021.
Sunrise at British Steel Limited steelworks, Scunthorpe Lincolnshire

In-depth Q&A: How the UK plans to cut industrial emissions by two-thirds

Factories and industrial hubs across the UK should cut their emissions by two-thirds over the next 15 years under the government’s new plan for low... Read More

UK policy | Mar 19. 2021.
View of the British Isles from space

Analysis: UK is now halfway to meeting its ‘net-zero emissions’ target

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 51% below 1990 levels, according to new Carbon Brief analysis. This means the UK is now halfway to m... Read More

UK emissions | Mar 18. 2021.
Queue of ambulances at the accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire

Guest post: Calculating the carbon footprint of the NHS in England

In 2017, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change warned that the impact of climate change on human health is now so severe that it should b... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 18. 2021.

In-depth Q&A: How does the UK’s ‘energy white paper’ aim to tackle climate change?

After months of delays, the UK government has launched a white paper setting out the government’s agenda for the energy sector and its role in tack... Read More

UK policy | Dec 16. 2020.

CCC: UK must cut emissions ‘78% by 2035’ to be on course for net-zero goal

The UK needs to cut its emissions by 78% below 1990 levels over the next 15 years, according to the latest advice from the Climate Change Committee (... Read More

UK policy | Dec 9. 2020.
Four massive cooling towers at the Ferrybridge C coal fired power station are destroyed in a controlled explosion. Ferrybridge, near Leeds, UK. 13 October 2019. Credit: Ian Wray / Alamy Stock Photo

Analysis: Great Britain hits coal-free electricity record amid coronavirus lockdown

Update 11 May 2020: The record coal-free stretch has now passed one month and counting. Great Britain has run for a new record of 18 days, six hou... Read More

UK emissions | Apr 28. 2020.
Sunlight streaming through the trees at Dinas Forest, timber plantation, Ponterwyd, Ceredigion Wales UK

In-depth Q&A: How will tree planting help the UK meet its climate goals?

The UK has just three decades to reach net-zero emissions and tree planting has emerged as a prominent part of the government’s plan to get there. ... Read More

Explainers | Mar 18. 2020.
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