Environment

Beachgoers in England and Wales have been warned to stay out of the water, not because of sharks but for something else beginning with ‘sh’. Pollution alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency after sewage was discharged on more than 50 beaches on Britain’s west, south and east coasts, including popular leisure spots. An interactive map of the polluted beaches...

Government and industry ‘wargames’ threat of energy blackouts

UK energy suppliers are preparing to “wargame” emergency plans to avert blackouts this winter with warnings that low gas supplies could see power stations shut off. Government officials and sources at two power stations say they have been asked to...

Fear of riots as energy bills predicted to be £4,266 in January

Almost half of Britons fear there will be riots if the government does not provide more help with the cost of living crisis as energy bills are forecast to...

Britain burns as fires rage on UK’s hottest ever day

Fire brigades have been battling fires on the UK’s hottest ever day as temperatures passed 40C for the first time in history. Scientists are warning Monday and Tuesday’s unprecedented temperatures...

Truss and Sunak pull out as TV debates prove too hot for Tories

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have withdrawn from the third Conservative leadership TV debate following concerns the clashes between rivals are damaging the party’s standing. Sky News has been forced...

Boris Johnson misses second COBRA heatwave meeting to ‘prepare Chequers party’

The prime minister will miss the second Cobra meeting about the Code Red heatwave because Boris Johnson is reportedly “preparing to party” at Chequers instead. Record breaking high temperatures – threatening thousands of deaths and...

Travel chaos – ministers have ‘scant’ understanding’ of industry, say airline bosses

Airline bosses have hit back at transport secretary Grant Shapps for blaming them for the travel chaos saying government ministers have “scant” understanding about how their industry actually works. Shapps has accused airlines of “seriously”...

Energy Security Strategy ignores ‘silver bullet’ and offers households no help now

The government’s long awaited Energy Security Strategy for the UK has finally been published – and immediately condemned for ignoring energy efficiencies and offering no help to deal with rising prices now. Despite energy efficiencies...

Shapps says ‘no’ to Labour’s call for fuel rationing plan

Labour has called for the government to take contingency measures in case fuel rationing is needed in the UK as Russia’s war in Ukraine deepens. Shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds said “there’s a lot of...

Protests against energy price hike while climate activists block oil terminals

Protests around the country have seen thousands march against record energy price rises while climate change activists target the country’s fossil fuel infrastructure. Protestors in Cardiff and Birmingham joined those in central London, marching on...