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John Rentoul: Clegg has trust issues. Sound familiar?

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John Rentoul suggests government child poverty targets are arbitrary or unachievable, but they have been achieved by other European nations, so there is no reason we cannot achieve them, too ("The right to speak truth unto prejudice", 28 November).

Chris Huhne: Cancun needs realism, not blind hope

Progress towards an agreement to limit climate change is possible at talks in Mexico this week. But it will be slow

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As world leaders meet in Mexico, people in poor countries fear little will be done

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A radical shake-up of the UK's North Sea oil industry is expected next year.

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Organs and bones were illegally harvested from the bodies of dead nuclear industry workers at Sellafield without their consent over a period of 30 years, an inquiry found yesterday.

The Big Debate: What's the low-down on the 'Green Deal' and how will it help cut carbon?

One of your home’s basic functions is to keep you warm. Obviously. But British homes have a pretty poor track record of fulfilling that core role. As Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, pointed out recently, we use more energy to heat our homes than does Sweden, where it’s seven degrees colder in January.

Is this the housing standard of the future?

Energy secretary, Chris Huhne, noted in a speech to the Green Alliance recently that “a quarter of UK emissions come from the home.” Meanwhile, according to the Office for National Statistics, 60% of the UK’s local authorities experienced an increase in domestic emissions between 2007 and 2008, while only 40 percent experienced a decrease.

Lib Dem U-turn on nuclear energy sees Huhne announce eight new power stations

Eight new nuclear power stations are to be built in an effort to avert an energy crisis and hit targets for reducing carbon emissions, the Coalition Government announced yesterday.

Mary Ann Sieghart: A sprinkling of decency over politics

Douglas Alexander has been telling friends recently how wonderful it was to be working for someone who simply wouldn't allow negative briefing

John Rentoul: Clegg drives his voters away

As Lib Dem allegiance wanes, the remaining few loyalists are bonding with the Conservatives

Severn barrage tidal power plan axed

Cuts force Huhne to ditch controversial &#163;30bn scheme. Minister to embrace nuclear energy to keep lights on &ndash; and emissions low.

Huhne hints at public spending adjustments if economy worsens

The Government may yet scale back its planned public spending cuts if economic conditions worsen, a Cabinet minister suggested today.

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