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Environment: Green cuts are coming

By Michael McCarthy

Published 23/06/2010

The environment will be affected like everything else. But it will take several months before they become apparent.

Yesterday there was thanks for what was preserved. Some of the commitments dearest to green hearts have been ring-fenced, so there was no slashing, for example, of the money intended to provide immediate help to people seen as already suffering the effects of climate change (known as the "Fast Start Climate Funding"), which was agreed at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December. Britain's share of the EU's £2bn commitment is a whopping great pile of cash, but there was no touching that, because there was no major cutting of overseas aid.

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