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Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has said that Prime Minister David Cameron's dream of a Big Society is “hiding a nightmare of socially devastating cuts”.
Environmental groups have given a sceptical response to pledges made by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne at the Liberal Democrat conference.
Friends of the Earth have called on the new government to take urgent action to create a low carbon-economy. They said it should be a key priority for the coalition.
The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has come under attack from the Green Party for promoting the Liberal Democrats as the environmental option in the election.
As the Chancellor of the Exchequer prepares to deliver his budget today, he has been urged to lay “the foundations of a green future” by the campaigning group Friends of the Earth.
Campaigners are expected to rally in Plymouth today to demonstrate against plans for a nuclear waste plant in the city centre. The plant would store dismantled reactor components from the UK's nuclear submarines.