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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.
Successive bands of heavy and slow moving rain could lead to flooding in the coming days across parts of central, southern and south west England and south east Wales.
Electric and hybrid vehicle charging company POD Point is offering free home and workplace charging units to electric and hybrid vehicle owners in three English regions.
New schemes to green UK railways through electrification totaling £4.2 billion were unveiled today by the Government.
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for parts of England and Wales today, as forecasters predict one month’s worth of rain is set to fall in one day.
A small solar installation firm based in the West Midlands is set to rapidly expand after securing £5 million of Government funding to supports its plans for a solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant in the UK.
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.
The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is holding a summit today to try and work out measures to prevent a drought in England this summer.
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 an amber Severe Weather Warning today as it forecasts a week-long polar blast of sub-zero temperatures.
The UK Met Office has issued a severe weather alert warning of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, which could trigger flooding.
The Met Office has this afternoon stepped up the number of severe weather warnings for later this week as a huge snow storm and hurricane-strength winds threaten to cause severe disruption.