UK greenhouse gas emissions: fast progress but not yet enough to meet future targets

The UK has made fast progress on tackling climate change by cutting carbon emissions, but is set to miss long-term targets.

How many plastic straws do we use?

In recent years estimates have ranged from around 4 billion to 40 billion in the UK or in England alone. All of these figures carry a high degree of uncertainty.

Do Conservative councils recycle more than Labour ones?

The best available data shows that Conservative councils recycle more of their waste than Labour.

Does the government subsidise grouse shooting?

Grouse moorland is eligible for agricultural subsidy, though the sport of grouse shooting isn’t itself subsidised.

Overblown: Wind turbines don’t take more energy to build than they will ever produce

A post claiming wind turbines can never produce as much energy as was taken to build them is based on a selective quotation and is incorrect.

No, we are not experiencing “global cooling”

18 of the 19 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

This week's Question Time was in Bishop's Stortford. The panel discussed the government’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, climate change and the police tactic of knocking suspected criminals off mopeds during a ...

Is fracking causing earthquakes?

Fracking is causing lots of micro-earthquakes, most of which are at a level that can’t be felt. In the UK there are thousands of such earthquakes each year.

Are 100 companies causing 71% of carbon emissions?

You might have seen this claim on social media, but what does it actually mean?

Are there plans to build on the Green Belt?

Local authorities plan to build around 460,000 homes on the Green Belt over 15 years. That could cover 0.9% of the Green Belt.

The UK is not on track to meet its carbon emissions targets for the next 15 years

That’s according to a report by the Committee on Climate Change published in June 2018.

What does leaving the EU mean for energy and climate change?

Leaving the EU will have implications for the UK's emissions, renewable energy and air pollution targets, as well as its relationship with the single market for energy.

What does leaving the EU mean for the environment?

We look at what the impact of leaving the EU will be on the environment in the UK.

UK carbon emissions are falling

The drop in UK carbon dioxide emissions was the largest since comparable records began.

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