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  • 18 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Decision by PetroChina, Asia's largest oil producer, to triple spend comes after rival Sinopec announced commercial findChinese state energy group PetroChina plans to spend more than 10bn yuan (£950m) on shale gas fracking this year as domestic competition heats up after rival Sinopec announced…
  • 18 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    As the first barrels head for Europe, we cannot afford and do not need new sources of harder to reach fossil fuelsAfter months of delays, Russian state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom has announced that the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters has begun the journey to Europe. Continue…
  • 18 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    From UN reports to community protests, opposition to fossil fuels is plentiful. But we won't stop until the government changes tackIt could be a village fete. There are rugs spread out, bunting, and several green gazebos. People are sitting on folding camp stools, and knowledgeable locals are keeping…
  • 18 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    With the help of a panel of experts we've chosen 10 candidates for the UK's best eco home. Between 22-24 April, we'd like you to vote for your favourite. Day nine: LilacLilac is a co-housing project built in response to three keys issues: the financial crisis, the threat of global warming and the breakdown…
  • 18 Apr 2014 - Telegraph
    New prototypes for helium-filled turbines could provide energy to developing countries…
  • 17 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Opposition to escalating grassroots movement calling for banks and super funds to divest from fossil fuel companiesThe powerful mining lobby is considering whether to join the push by resource industries to ban environmental boycott campaigns as it battles an escalating grassroots movement calling for…
  • 17 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Green MP and four co-defendants found not guilty of obstructing public highway and public order offences during protestsCaroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile anti-fracking protests.As she and four co-defendants…
  • 17 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Being the village at the centre of a national debate on energy production has made us think about our own responsibilityLast summer the village of Balcombe inadvertently became the byword for something none of us would have chosen: public hostility to fracking.A recent parliamentary briefing on public…
  • 17 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    With the help of a panel of experts we've chosen 10 candidates for the UK's best eco home. Between 22-24 April, we'd like you to vote for your favourite. Day eight: Zero Carbon HouseThis award-winning eco-extension has completely transformed the inner-city home of architect John Christophers. In building…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    With the help of a panel of experts we've chosen 10 candidates for the UK's best eco home. Between 22-24 April, we'd like you to vote and choose your favourite. Day seven: LammasLammas ecovillage is a thriving example of low-impact rural development. "It is decidedly deep green," says Simon…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Letter from religious groups in Australia and North America says it is 'immoral' to profit from fossil fuels Read the full text of the letter to the PopeReligious groups have urged Pope Francis to back a campaign to encourage millions of people, organisations and investors to pull their money out of the…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    The Green MP is Britain's leading voice of reason on climate change, yet a stand against shale gas has put her in courtThis week a court in Brighton will deliver its verdict on the Green party MP Caroline Lucas who is being prosecuted for causing an obstruction outside the Balcombe gas fracking site.…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Claim and counter-claim has attended the delayed publication of a report on the likely impact of the Grand Renaissance damThe opening sentence of Egypt's new constitution describes the country as the river Nile's gift to Egyptians. It is a grand claim, but one that helps explain Egypt's indignation at…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Drying clothes can take hours, but can knobbly light-pink eggs that resemble toys save electricity on tumble dry time?I wish I could snub my tumble dryer. It's one of the priciest appliances to run, yet it still takes hours to dry clothes. But it beats the alternative - hanging them on any possible radiator,…
  • 16 Apr 2014 - The Guardian
    Pollution watchdog says 28-36% of hazardous airborne particles came from surrounding provinces like HebeiAround one-third of the air pollution in China's smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog.Chen Tian, chief of the Beijing Environmental…