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The UK provided £1.7bn in loans to fossil fuel projects around the world despite promising to withdraw financial support from such schemes, an analysis of loans made by the UK’s export credit agency showed.
A new report from the Internatioinal Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) summarizes advances in national and international regulations intended to reduce energy use, mitigate climate change, and control air pollution from motor vehicles and fuels across eleven major vehicle markets from January 2013 through August 2014.
Provisional figures for 2014 show it was the UK's warmest and fourth wettest year in records dating back to 1910. The UK's mean temperature for the year was 9.9 °C; 1.1 °C above the long-term (1981-2010) average. Global temperatures followed a similar pattern, registering temperatures 0.69 °C above the 20th-century average according to US government scientists.
Audi has announced that it will invest £1.5bn in the development of two new electric vehicles, planned for release by 2018. Audi launched its first plug-in vehicle in 2014; the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid.