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The UK’s largest Green Deal opportunity was unveiled today, as Leeds and 10 surrounding local authorities, including York, Bradford and Harrogate, announced they are to partner on a scheme that will enable more than 12,000 homes in the region become warmer and cheaper to run.
The route of high-speed rail across the north of England has been unveiled, with the Government stressing that the controversial project was "a vital engine for growth" that will benefit the whole nation from the moment the first trains run.
A Government scheme that has enabled some of Britain’s biggest cities to have more spending control in areas such as planning and transport is proving to be an effective driver for low carbon growth, according to a new report by the Green Alliance.
The deadly ash tree disease has been found in six further counties in England, Government officials said on Wednesday.
New schemes to green UK railways through electrification totaling £4.2 billion were unveiled today by the Government.
Forecasts of sunny weather continuing into the weekend are likely to cheer farmers concerned that after drought damage, they were facing a double whammy with the wettest April on record threatening a rise in pests and diseases.
Large parts of England are no longer in drought, after the wettest April since records began in 1910 and continuing rain this month.
Water companies reached for words like "irony" today to explain to 20 million customers why they should save water even as rivers overflowed, gardens were swamped and fields became lakes after a further inch of rain fell in some regions in the space of 12 hours, and 36 flood warnings remained in place.
Most of England is now in drought and the dry spell could last beyond Christmas, the Environment Agency will announce on Monday, as Government officials started planning for a long-term water shortage that could be disastrous for wildlife, the landscape and farming.
Despite enduring its driest 18 months for a century and first hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, the south Lincolnshire landscape shows few obvious signs of it.
The first emergency measures to support the drought-hit south of England were announced today in an attempt to preserve dwindling water supplies.
UK gear engineering and manufacturing company David Brown has been awarded a £1. 2 million grant from the Government to develop an innovative new gear system that promises to bring down the cost of offshore wind turbines by as much as five per cent.
More than 30 locations across the UK have put bids in to host the £3 billion Green Investment Bank (GIB) – a third more than the Government was anticipating.
The UK Met Office has issued a severe weather alert warning of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, which could trigger flooding.
Directors at one of the UK's leading renewable energy installers AVC Energy are refusing to comment on claims its entire workforce has been placed on notice of redundancy.