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Theresa May must not sacrifice environmental laws after Brexit, warn leading climate groups

The Greener UK coalition – comprised of 13 advocacy groups – says Britain is already failing in its duty to protect the environment

Published on The Independent website on the 21st February 2017

 

Theresa May must not allow Britain’s environmental laws to be undermined during Brexit negotiations, a coalition of leading UK and international campaign groups, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and the National Trust, has said.

The group has published a manifesto calling on the Government to guarantee protections for the environment as part of its plans for leaving the EU.

They call on the Government to ensure that all existing EU laws are fully converted into domestic law in the UK.

Greener UK’s coalition of 13 advocacy groups warns that Britain is already failing in its duty to safeguard the environment and caution the Government not to allow a vacuum to emerge in the oversight and enforcement of environment legislation once it severs ties with Brussels.

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Ray Cobbett: Britain can go greener after Brexit

The Natterjack toad is under threat. Picture RSPB

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 30th December 2016

 

FRIENDS of the Earth is one of 13 environmental groups with a combined membership of eight million which has launched A Greener UK campaign to keep Britain among the greenest countries in the world.

Other bodies include the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, CPRE and RSPB.

A poll showed that 80 per cent of respondents backed the same or stronger environment protection after Brexit as currently provided under EU law.

As more and more green space is allocated for development our land, water, clean air and wildlife is coming under increasing stress.

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A green Christmas? 41% of electricity used on Xmas Day was renewable

A study shows that 41% of the power used in UK homes on Christmas Day came from wind, sun, hydro-power and biomass.

Published on the Sky News website on the 29th December 2016

 

Renewable sources provided 41% of electricity used in the UK on Christmas Day.

A study for energy company Drax by experts at Imperial College London shows a 25% increase from last year as wind, sun, hydro-power and biomass powered a green Christmas.

Wind power accounted for three quarters of the renewable energy used and supplied more than 30% of the total electricity generated on 25th December in the UK.

Figures from another source, the MyGridGB website, give an estimate for the share of green energy slightly higher at 43%.

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