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VW emissions scandal: academics reveal findings of UK’s first study of diesel engine emissions

A team at The University of Manchester is testing a diesel Volkswagen engine to try to get an accurate picture of how polluting it actually is.

Energy efficiency of Samsung TVs in question as 'test cheating' row continues

Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.

Shell set to start drilling for oil in the Arctic

Shell is set to restart its controversial hunt for Arctic oil, three years after the company’s last ill-fated venture north.

Most London boroughs fail EU pollution target

All but two of London’s boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

New UK air pollution plan must be drawn up urgently, rules Supreme Court

The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Government must formulate new plans on cutting air pollution as a matter of urgency.

UK flouting EU energy efficiency laws, campaigners say

Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy.

Big Six are cause of Green Deal failure, Greg Barker says

The Big Six energy companies undermined the Government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former Climate Minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

New regulations to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes

Landlords will be banned from renting out England and Wales’ draughtiest homes from 2018 in a bid to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

Carbon bubble: firms should have to disclose investments in fossil fuels, says Davey

Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has said companies should be required to disclose their investments in fossil fuels, bringing firmly into the mainstream the idea that climate risk will affect the value of such holdings.

EU green label regulations could lead to inefficient vacuum cleaners, manufacturers warn

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force.

Diesel vehicles may be charged in London

Drivers in London with vehicles fuelled by diesel will be charged an additional fee similar to the existing £11.50 congestion charge, if proposals by the mayor Boris Johnson are accepted.

Complaints about domestic biomass "disappointing"

The number of complaints about biomass boiler installations is running at around one in five the rate of systems applying for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – the Government’s main incentive to get people to switch to renewable heating systems – figures obtained by GreenWise reveal.

Government ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ policy "in tatters", says industry

Businesses working to reduce household energy bills and carbon emissions in buildings have reacted angrily to new details released by Government on its controversial 'Allowable Solutions', claiming its zero carbon homes policy is now "in tatters".

Neonicotinoids: Syngenta seeks "emergency" exemption on EU-banned insecticide

Almost one-third of all oilseed rape in the UK could be treated with a banned insecticide if the government grants an "emergency" exemption to the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta, it has emerged.

Queen's speech: zero carbon homes plans "worst row-backs on green policy"

The green building and renewable energy sectors have reacted angrily to new legislation introduced today in the Queen's Speech that effectively waters-down a previous pledge that all new homes will need to be zero carbon by 2016.

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VW emissions scandal: academics reveal findings of UK’s first study of diesel engine emissions
The University of Manchester is conducting the first study into the how pollutants from diesel engines react in the real world
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