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New housing on the Cambridge Clay Farm Development in Trumpington.

Guest post: Fixing the gaps in England’s ‘biodiversity net-gain’ policy

England will soon introduce one of the world’s most ambitious biodiversity policies in “Biodiversity Net Gain”.  This policy effectivel... Read More

UK policy | Oct 25. 2023.
Close up of newly imported Chinese electric cars, awaiting UK distribution.

Factcheck: 21 misleading myths about electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) significantly cut lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions in almost all circumstances and are the key technology for decarbonising... Read More

UK policy | Oct 24. 2023.
Andrew Mitchell, UK development minister at 10 Downing Street, London.

Analysis: UK ‘adds’ £450m to its climate-finance spending by changing definition

The UK has “added” around £450m to its climate-aid spending in developing countries by changing how it defines “climate finance”, according ... Read More

UK policy | Oct 23. 2023.
The City of London.

Revealed: Tenth of UK’s climate-aid spending goes via private consultancies

More than one-tenth of UK foreign aid spent on climate-related projects since 2010 has been channelled through consultancies, a new Carbon Brief inve... Read More

UK policy | Oct 13. 2023.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaking at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. Image ID: 2H4HKWB.

Analysis: How the UK has fallen 40% behind on its £11.6bn climate-finance pledge

The UK has fallen nearly 40% behind on its pledge to rapidly scale up climate finance for developing countries, according to Carbon Brief analysis. ... Read More

UK policy | Oct 11. 2023.
Men plant mangrove seedlings in Kendari, Indonesia on 18 February 2021. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Analysis: How the UK has spent its foreign aid on climate change since 2011

Since 2011, the UK has spent at least £12.63bn on 490 climate-related projects in developing countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. A new invest... Read More

UK policy | Oct 11. 2023.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech on net-zero commitments at 10 Downing Street on 20 September 2023.

In-depth Q&A: What do Rishi Sunak’s U-turns mean for UK climate policy?

In a shock announcement, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak revealed earlier this week plans to abandon or delay core parts of his government’s climate ... Read More

UK policy | Sep 22. 2023.
Reverse sign in London street.

Analysis: UK government’s climate U-turns put legally binding targets in jeopardy

A series of U-turns in climate policy announced by prime minister Rishi Sunak could put the UK’s legally binding emissions targets in jeopardy, Car... Read More

UK policy | Sep 20. 2023.
The London Array offshore wind farm.

Analysis: UK renewables still cheaper than gas, despite auction setback for offshore wind

A UK government auction has secured just 3.7 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable capacity – only a third of the total last year – and failed to contr... Read More

UK policy | Sep 8. 2023.

Q&A: What does the UK’s new biomass strategy mean for net-zero?

Last week, the UK government released its long-awaited biomass strategy, which lays out the steps it intends to take to develop a sustainable, well-r... Read More

UK policy | Aug 18. 2023.
Grant Shapps and Rishi Sunak arrive for a weekly cabinet meeting in Downing Street on 7 January 2020.

CCC: Chance of UK meeting climate pledges has ‘worsened’ since last year

Hopes of the UK government meeting its domestic and international climate targets have “worsened” over the past year, according to the Climate Ch... Read More

UK policy | Jun 28. 2023.
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