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1m more smart meters which hinder switching could be rolled out

1m more smart meters which hinder switching could be rolled out

Government extends deadline for installation of older model despite interoperability issuesMore than 1m extra first generation smart meters will be fitted in homes because the government has extended
The plastic-free stores showing the big brands how to do it

The plastic-free stores showing the big brands how to do it

Retailers at the vanguard of Britain’s zero-waste movement say business is booming, so why are major supermarkets not doing more to cut plastic waste?Read more: Nearly 1m tonnes every year:
EU declares war on plastic waste

EU declares war on plastic waste

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to
UK retailers see rise in sales of reusable coffee cups

UK retailers see rise in sales of reusable coffee cups

Home and kitchenware shops report growth in sales of portable mugs as government hints at a tax on disposable cupsSales of reusable coffee cups are soaring in the UK, retailers are reporting, as the
Reduce waste, recycle more, and stop the burning | Letters

Reduce waste, recycle more, and stop the burning | Letters

Jenny Jones says the UK must respond proactively to news that China has banned imports of millions of tons of plastic wasteThis could be the year we start burning more of our waste than recycling it
UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

Government unveils phase-out plan, with one of eight remaining power stations to stop generating electricity this yearOne of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease
Why are our wardrobes full of unworn clothes? Because most purchases are not rational

Why are our wardrobes full of unworn clothes? Because most purchases are not rational

We often buy dresses for the people we’d like to be, and hold on to things because they remind us of good times. But a new survey has revealed that UK shoppers own £10bn worth of clothes they do not
Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Advanced plans by Dutch power grid aims to build power hub possibly at Dogger Bank whose scale would dwarf current offshore sites Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an
China's 'sponge cities' are turning streets green to combat flooding

China's 'sponge cities' are turning streets green to combat flooding

Replacing concrete pavements with wetlands, green rooftops and rain gardens means stormwater is absorbed back into the land, making water work for the city instead of against itA small part of
Norway leads way on electric cars: 'it’s part of a green taxation shift'

Norway leads way on electric cars: 'it’s part of a green taxation shift'

Nearly a third of all new cars sold in the country this year will be plug-in models and experts expect that share to skyrocketWhile tourists explore Oslo’s history in the grounds of the centuries-old
Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

Plan to make landlords improve draughtiest homes and boost energy efficiency for hundreds of thousands of tenants lies in tatters, say criticsTenants face missing out on energy bill savings after the
China waste clampdown could create UK cardboard recycling chaos, say industry experts

China waste clampdown could create UK cardboard recycling chaos, say industry experts

New Chinese restrictions on imported waste could see millions of tonnes of cardboard being sent back, as the UK struggles to prepare for rapid rule changesImminent restrictions by the Chinese on
Treasury backs electric cars but makes limited moves on diesel

Treasury backs electric cars but makes limited moves on diesel

Funds set aside for national charging network and tech research, but lack of scrappage scheme disappointsElectric cars have received a funding boost with the government earmarking £340m for a national
Switching to organic farming could cut greenhouse gas emissions, study shows

Switching to organic farming could cut greenhouse gas emissions, study shows

Study also finds that converting conventionally farmed land would not overly harm crop yields or require huge amounts of additional land to feed rising populationsConverting land from conventional
Share your photos and stories of how you are avoiding plastic

Share your photos and stories of how you are avoiding plastic

With a growing number of UK food and drink outlets ditching drinking straws and plastic bottles, we’d like to hear your tips for reducing plastic consumption Pret A Manger announced in October the
One step beyond organic or free-range: Dutch farmer’s chickens lay carbon-neutral eggs

One step beyond organic or free-range: Dutch farmer’s chickens lay carbon-neutral eggs

Poultry owner claims his new approach has the highest welfare standards and lowest cost to environmentThere’s the much-criticised battery hen egg, and then the pricier organic and free-range
With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

Readers share their thoughts on electricity generation, cars, cycling, trains and garden citiesGeorge Monbiot makes some useful points in his article bemoaning the influence of the lobbying power of
The eco guide to animal welfare

The eco guide to animal welfare

Britain is an international leader in animal welfare and now, fortunately, the message is beginning to spread – importantly to ChinaAnimal welfare is one of the UK’s most successful exports. When the
Pay-per-mile road tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson economics prize

Pay-per-mile road tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson economics prize

Prizewinner Gergely Raccuja, 27, aims to scrap vehicle tax and fuel duty to help fund all road repairs with more eco-friendly scheme collected by insurersA graduate transport planner has won a
The great British make off: how a new materialism can give us back control | Ruth Potts

The great British make off: how a new materialism can give us back control | Ruth Potts

A true march of the makers will turn the tables on our abusive consumer culture and deliver the richer relationship with ‘stuff’ that our economy is crying out forMaterialism has become synonymous