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United Kingdom: Ed Miliband: ‘Britain is sleepwalking to a climate crisis’

Guardian: We are on the 3.30pm train from Birmingham to London and it feels like a race against time. Outside, the fields are flooded and the rain is lashing down. More bad weather is heading in fast from the west. Two days before, on Wednesday, Virgin Trains called a temporary, early-evening halt to services in and out of Euston and passengers are worried it may do so again. Aside from a nagging anxiety about getting home, Ed Miliband is having a decent day. Earlier, he dropped in on south Manchester,...

United Kingdom: David Cameron has fumbled the flooding crisis – voters’ verdict

Guardian: More than twice as many people think David Cameron has mishandled the flooding crisis as think he has responded well, according to the latest Opinium/Observer poll. The survey will also alarm the Tories – Labour has increased its lead by two points to 9% and Ed Miliband's personal ratings have improved markedly to a level close to those of the PM. Some 51% of people say Cameron responded badly to the floods, with 28% of these saying he reacted "very badly" and 23% "quite badly". Some 23% say...

United Kingdom: Liberal Democrats blast environmental damage caused by fracking

Guardian: Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats have poured scorn on George Osborne's push for a shale gas revolution in the UK, saying the process of fracking has caused extensive environmental damage and water pollution in the US. The comments, in official policy papers, come as a new Opinium/Observer poll shows strong public opposition to fracking, with resistance particularly strong among women. Asked if they would like to see various alternative types of energy projects in their area, 60% of people said...

Business bosses attack George Osborne’s policy of ‘dash for gas’

Guardian: George Osborne was increasingly isolated over energy policy last night, after the head of the CBI said that too much reliance on gas as a future source of energy would leave consumers and businesses dangerously exposed to further sharp price rises on global markets. After a week in which two of Britain's biggest energy suppliers shocked customers by announcing increases of up to 9% on gas and electricity bills from next month, business leaders are warning that the chancellor's enthusiasm for a...