The government recently awarded 159 new fracking licenses just days after a bill was pushed through commons that amounted to a direct about turn on Amber Rudd’s earlier promise to wholly forbid fracking under national parks and sites of special scientific interest in the UK.
Osram, Ikea and Philips, among others, have all been caught exploiting loopholes in European energy efficiency test for their lightbulbs, misleading customers in the process.
Following hot on the heels of former Environmental Agency chair Lord Smith’s report that offered conditional endorsement for shale gas production, MPs have voted for legislation allowing fracking under national parks in the UK.
Lord Chris Smith, who previously chaired the Environment Agency, has recently released a report on the UK shale gas taskforce, claiming that the government would be mistaken to continue its unilateral support of fracking without also promoting green energy.
The secretary for energy and climate change, Amber Rudd, has said that the country is “absolutely committed” to the COP21 agreement. She went on to say that she will be “making sure that we deliver on it”.
After two weeks of talks and negotiations in Paris, the combined effort of 196 countries working together towards a shared goal has culminated in written agreement. But how far will it go towards reaching the ultimate aim of cutting down emissions world-wide?
Barrack Obama has described the agreement reached at the COP21 summit as “the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”. He went on to say that he believes that the Paris deal marks the “turning point” towards a future of no carbon emissions.