Nick Hurd

UK Climate Diplomacy Staff Cut Again as Post-Brexit Links to Trump and US Deniers Strengthen

With Donald Trump set to become the President of the United States, the international climate change political scenery has shifted.

The president-elect’s stance on “quitting” the Paris Agreement seems to have softened in recent days. But countries are still going to need strong diplomatic teams to shore-up the global commitment to tackling climate change, reiterated at the Marrakech climate talks last week.

So it’s notable that the UK’s climate diplomacy team appears to weakening.

For the second year in a row, the foreign office reduced the number of people working on climate change and energy, documents released by the government this week under a freedom of information request show.

Brexit, One Year On: Green Tape, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Science Deniers

Brexit artwork

On June 23 2016, 46 million voters merrily skipped to the polls to have their say about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. Early the following morning, it was revealed that 52 percent of the population had voted Leave.

Most were shocked, a small majority were joyous, the rest were dismayed — including many who were concerned Brexit would mean the UK’s climate policy and environmental regulation coming under attack.

One year on, the negotiations have formally started and things have progressed… a bit.

Theresa May Appoints New Climate Minister As Wait for Policy ‘Stability’ Continues

Claire Perry

Prime minister Theresa May has had a busy few days. She continued to reshuffle her front-bench yesterday, moving a number of junior ministers into new roles.

One MP to find himself in a new job this morning is climate minister Nick Hurd, who has been moved to the Home Office.

He is replaced in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) by Claire Perry, the MP for Devizes in Wiltshire. She was previously assistant whip and a minister in the Department for Transport.

Minister Shoots Down Climate Denier MP, Tells Him to Read the Science on Snow and Ice Decline

Peter Lilley MP

He’s only been in his post for nine months, but you’ve got to wonder if climate minister Nick Hurd is already bored of answering questions from climate science denier MPs.

Yesterday, Hurd had to point MP Peter Lilley to the wide body of evidence showing human-caused climate change is a significant problem for snow and ice.

Lilley was one of only five MPs to vote against the UK’s Climate Change Act in 2008. He sits of the Board of Trustees of the climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation, founded by former chancellor Nigel Lawson.

UK Government Could Delay Publication of Emissions Reduction Plan, Again

Climate minister Nick Hurd speaking to the BEIS committee in Parliament

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) appears to have pushed back the release date for a key document outlining its climate plans. Again.

BEIS initially promised the Emissions Reduction Plan would be delivered by the ‘end of 2016’. The BEIS minister for climate change, Nick Hurd, later revised that to the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Minister: Brexit and Trump Add 'Complexity' to Climate Plans But Won't Weaken UK's Commitment

UK climate minister Nick Hurd speaking to the BEIS select committee

The UK’s decision to leave the EU and the spectre of Donald Trump’s presidency will not stop the government delivering its emissions reduction plans, climate minister Nick Hurd today told MPs.

Speaking to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee, he said the current political climate meant ministers would have to make many difficult policy decisions. But he maintained that the UK’s climate goals, entrenched in the Climate Change Act, remained unchanged.

Brexit is a complication in the sense that we’ve got issues to think through”, he said. These include whether the UK continues to negotiate as part of a European bloc in future negotiations, whether it continues with the EU’s struggling emissions trading scheme, and how the UK participates in a unified European energy market.

Year in Review: 16 Faces Behind the UK’s Climate News in 2016, and One Face for 2017

Theresa May

The UK ended 2016 with lots of new faces adorning the front pages, along with some more familiar ones.

DeSmog UK takes a look at the people behind the major climate and energy stories this year (in no particular order).

And wonders, what will they do in 2017?

UK Youth Delegation Meet Climate Minister Nick Hurd Worried Urgency to Act is Fading

Uk Youth Climate Coalition delegates meet climate minister Nick Hurd at COP22 in Marrakech

In this guest post, UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) delegate and journalist Chloe Farand gives the inside story of the group’s meeting with UK climate change minister, Nick Hurd. This is an edited version of a blog post that appears on the UKYCC's website.

No-one expected miracles from the climate talks in Marrakesh but we were told this year’s COP would be one of action. Instead, it has been one of frustration with little progress being made.

On the same day that the UK became the 111th country to ratify the Paris Agreement, the UK Youth Climate Coalition was lucky to meet with climate change minister Nick Hurd for an informal chat about what matters to young people in the UK.

The talks in Marrakesh kick-started the process of implementing the Paris Agreement, which came into force earlier this year.

Young people from around the world - including the UK - came to Marrakesh to see countries starting to deliver on their promises to make the Paris deal a reality. But the sense of urgency, which gathered momentum in the French capital seems to have faded.

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