Environment

UK floods
Boris Johnson's no-show response to the recent UK floods has come in for a barrage of criticism from all sides including Nigel Farrage and Jeremy Corbyn. But his business minister, Nadhim Zahawi, told Sky News that the Prime Minister wanted to avoid a media jamboree and instead focus on putting together an aid package for affected communities: "What's better? It's...

‘Bomb cyclone’ Storm Dennis – record flood warnings, death and destruction

The UK is being lashed by Storm Dennis whose heavy rain and strong winds is leaving a trail of destruction across swathes of the country, closing roads and railways lines with a record number of flood warnings in place. The Met Office has issued its most severe red weather warning in Wales where a man’s body has been recovered from...

China offers to build HS2 in just 5 years for tens of billions less

The UK government is in discussions with a Chinese company who have offered to build England’s HS2 rail link for “tens of billions” less than the forecast £106 billion...

£106bn HS2 gets ‘green signal’ – PM promises £5bn for buses and bikes

The prime minister has given England’s controversial high speed rail link the “green signal” despite widespread concerns from environmentalists and politicians about the £106 billion HS2 project. Boris Johnson told...

Britain braced for destruction, damage and threat to life as Storm Ciara approaches

The Met Office has issued a “danger to life” amber weather warning for parts of the UK with Storm Ciara barrelling towards Britain and set to batter the country...

Ex-minister’s scathing attack on PM who ‘can’t be trusted’ on climate...

The prime minister has come under a scathing attack by a former energy minister and president of the COP 26 UN climate summit who said Boris Johnson admits “he doesn’t really get” climate change and can't be trusted on the issue. Claire Perry O’Neill – who was sacked from her COP26 role last week by the government – made the...

‘Victory for passengers’ as Northern rail renationalised; Javid gives HS2 boost

The mayors of Manchester and Liverpool have hailed the government’s decision to renationalise the failing Northern rail franchise as a “victory for passengers” while calling for major investment to fix the north’s railways. HS2 is a major element of this outlay and backers of the high-speed rail project have been boosted with reports that Chancellor Sajid Javid supports the highly...

UK’s ‘No to coal’ (but ‘Yes’ to oil and gas) and...

The prime minister has told African leaders there will not be “single penny more” of UK taxpayers’ money spent on coal mining or coal powered energy stations. Boris Johnson also said an overhaul to the immigration system post-Brexit will “put people before passports” and ability before country of origin, in a bid to attract talented Africans to the UK, which...

Patel defends putting XR on terror list as poll calls for...

Home secretary Priti Patel has defended the listing of Extinction Rebellion (XR) as an extremist ideology by anti-terrorism police on the same day a new poll shows overwhelming public support for radical changes to make the UK carbon neutral by 2030. The non-violent climate activist group XR was listed as an extremist ideology alongside jihadist and neo-Nazi groups in a...

Prince William’s prize to save the planet

Prince William has launched a multimillion pound environmental prize to inspire people and businesses to find solutions to try and save the planet  from catastrophe. The Queen’s grandson said the world is “at a tipping point” and facing a “stark choice” of continuing to destroy the Earth or find viable solutions. Announcing the prize on Twitter, the Duke of Cambridge said:...