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Department of Energy and Climate Change scrapped

The appointment of Greg Clark as a new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary spells the end for a department which put climate change at the top of the agenda.

Greg Clark arriving at 10 Downing Street Credit: PA

Just eight years after it was created by then prime minister Gordon Brown, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is being merged into Mr Clark's new department and losing the "climate change" part of its name.

Environmentalists immediately reacted to the "shocking" news, voicing fears that the reshaping of departments showed the Government was downgrading climate change as a priority.

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