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  • 5,000 join climate change protest
    5,000 join climate change protest Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    More than 5,000 protesters gathered outside Parliament in London calling on the Government to take tougher action on climate change. More »

  • Memo to John Major: If you want to know why the SNP are winning, just look in …
    Memo to John Major: If you want to know why the SNP are winning, just look in … Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    So what are we to make of John Major suddenly crawling out of the woodwork to have a good old rant about these ghastly, uppity Jocks who dare to presume that their votes in May should have some kind of impact on how their country is run? The first thing to say is that I'm genuinely stunned to learn that he apparently doesn't spend each and every day thanking his lucky stars that Scotland is a nation of almost saintly patience and restraint. As prime minister in 1992, he fought a general election north of the border on a platform of maintaining direct rule from London – and not only was he defeated, he was utterly humiliated. Quality of votes matter more than quantity if you're a Tory leader fighting elections in Scotland – or at least we must assume that's the case, because it's very hard to see any other way in which victory for the party's preferred constitutional model could have been claimed on the basis of securing just 26% of the vote, and 11 out of 72 parliamentary seats. More »

  • Voter anger 'like Thatcher days'
    Voter anger 'like Thatcher days' Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    David Cameron's Government is stoking up the kind of anger among voters not seen since Margaret Thatcher's days, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said. More »

  • Bells toll for Europe's largest gas field Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    By Toby Sterling WESTERWIJTWERD, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutch church bells that for centuries have tolled to warn of floods across the low-lying countryside are sounding the alarm for a new threat: earthquakes linked to Europe's largest natural gas field. "Money can buy a lot of things, but a building like this cannot be replaced," said Jur Bekooy, a civil engineer with the Groningen Old Churches Association, pointing to cracks in the ceiling and walls of the 13th-century Maria Church in the village of Westerwijtwerd. It accused the government and the field's operators, Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil Corp , of ignoring the threat of earthquakes linked to the massive Groningen gas field for years. There are now questions about the future exploitation of the field that lies under the northern province of Groningen, with implications that reach well beyond its significance for Dutch state coffers. More »

  • UK government pledges more powers for Wales as devolution debate rumbles on
    UK government pledges more powers for Wales as devolution debate rumbles on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain set out plans on Friday to give Wales greater powers, including to issue bonds and control fracking licences, in a further step to dismantle its centralised system of government. With just over two months until a national election, the issue of devolution to the United Kingdom's constituent parts has risen to the fore after a last-ditch promise to hand more powers to Scotland helped swing a close referendum in September. "We are delivering on devolution in every part of the UK," Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday. Wales, like Scotland and Northern Ireland, elects representatives for its own regional body as well as for the Westminster parliament. More »

  • Insight: U.S. shale oil's crash diet likely to bring forward output dip Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Anna Driver and Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shale oil producers are throttling back so quickly on drilling that U.S. crude output could fall sooner than expected, within months, executives say as they slash costs to cope with tumbling crude prices and compete with Persian Gulf rivals. The wells that drove the U.S. energy boom of the last decade rapidly deplete, so overall output will fall unless new holes are constantly bored and oil extracted via hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. "The thing that has surprised me ... is that companies large and small, financially strong, financially weak have really cut capital spending much quicker than I have seen before," said Bruce Vincent, who retired as CEO of Swift Energy Co this month after 40 years in the industry. More »

  • Dividend cut for Centrica investors
    Dividend cut for Centrica investors Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    British Gas owner Centrica has clobbered shareholders with an "urgent" dividend cut to shore up its finances as profits fell by more than a third. More »

  • Peer rejects green costs claim
    Peer rejects green costs claim Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The claim that green measures have pushed up energy bills is a "fraudulent argument", a senior Tory peer has said. More »

  • Fracking 'boosts hummingbirds'
    Fracking 'boosts hummingbirds' Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Fracking is controversial but likely to have at least one real fan - the black-chinned hummingbird. More »

  • GE to use new India manufacturing facility as export hub
    GE to use new India manufacturing facility as export hub Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    By Aman Shah CHAKAN, India (Reuters) - General Electric Co will use its new manufacturing facility in India, which was formally inaugurated on Saturday, as an export hub, with plans to send half of its output to the conglomerate's global factories. The 67-acre plant in Chakan, near the western city of Pune, is GE's first multi-purpose manufacturing facility in India, which will produce a range of products that will include aviation, rail and diesel engines. It will also be a major part of GE's plan to win increased domestic orders, the U.S. company said at inauguration, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The GE plant dovetails with the government's push to turn the country into a manufacturing hub with its "Make in India" initiative. More »

  • Argentina's Kirchner gains nothing from prosecutor's death: FM
    Argentina's Kirchner gains nothing from prosecutor's death: FM Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner and her top diplomat did not benefit from the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused them of covering up a probe into the country's worst terror strike, the diplomat told The Washington Post. More »

  • Why is Bez from the Happy Mondays spending a week in bed?
    Why is Bez from the Happy Mondays spending a week in bed? Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The former Happy Mondays star is pulling a John and Yoko as a political protest. More »

  • Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric'
    Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric' Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Stand Up Be Counted contributors are challenging politicians to break from their usual lines as they take part in the Sky News Facebook #AskTheLeaders event. Student James Cantwell, who is in the audience, said: "It's fantastic they're coming to us but we can't have the 'same old same old' rhetoric. Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) is a Sky News initiative where 16 to 25-year-olds can speak out and share ideas. It is working with Facebook to give younger people the chance to grill those in charge of the major parties, both in person and online. More »

  • Scottish moratorium, planning delay dent Cameron's shale gas ambitions
    Scottish moratorium, planning delay dent Cameron's shale gas ambitions Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Cameron has said he will go "all out for shale" to help stem a decline in North Sea oil and gas output, but environmental concerns about the use of the fracking technology used to unleash gas trapped in rocks have turned sentiment more negative. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources - enough to cover all of Britain's gas needs for more than 30 years - imposed a moratorium on planning permits until it examines the health impact and other consequences of extraction. "I am announcing today a moratorium on the granting of planning consents for all unconventional oil and gas developments, including fracking," Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish Parliament. More »

  • Moratorium on fracking in Scotland
    Moratorium on fracking in Scotland Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The controversy over fracking in the UK has deepened as Scotland imposed a ban on giving the green light to new schemes amid ongoing public opposition to the process. More »

  • Britain debates fracking as opposition mounts
    Britain debates fracking as opposition mounts Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Britain is planning to begin shale gas extraction despite growing popular opposition, with local officials in northern England stuck in a dilemma on whether to authorise the first fracking operations. More »

  • Solar project completed in village
    Solar project completed in village Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Residents from a village which was at the centre of huge anti-fracking protests have seen the completion of their first community-owned solar panel project. More »

  • Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals
    Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A council has delayed its decision on the future of fracking in Lancashire, as demonstrators from around the UK gathered in the county to oppose the process. It is the first time that Cuadrilla, an exploration company, has applied to develop new fracking sites since being blamed for creating earth tremors in Blackpool three years ago. The Preese Hall site remains the only place in the UK where modern fracking techniques have been used so far. Cuadrilla has applied to Lancashire County Council for permission to frack two sites in a rural area between Preston and Blackpool. More »

  • Council urged to reject frack bids
    Council urged to reject frack bids Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Campaigners have called for permission for two new fracking sites in Lancashire to be refused, ahead of a meeting by county councillors to consider the plans. More »

  • Parliament bid to block fracking in Britain fails
    Parliament bid to block fracking in Britain fails Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A group of MPs failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government agreed to tougher regulation and a ban on fracking in national parks. More »

  • Fracking ban in national parks
    Fracking ban in national parks Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Ministers have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks and accepted Labour proposals for tougher regulation but blocked backbench calls for a moratorium on shale gas extraction. More »

  • Fracking u-turn 'recognises risks'
    Fracking u-turn 'recognises risks' Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Government concessions on fracking show the "monolithic consensus" on the issue is crumbling, Greenpeace has claimed. More »