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  • 12 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Though well needs to be permanently sealed and inspected, announcement marked first time leak has been under control since it was reported in OctoberA blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged on Thursday,…
  • 12 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    National Trust installs wooden pellet boilers at Upton House in Warwickshire, once owned by petroleum tycoon Lord BearstedIt is perhaps no surprise that a country house bequeathed to the nation by the family that made its fortune from Shell petroleum should run entirely on barrel after barrel of oil ?…
  • 12 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Across the nation, city councils are tackling climate change at a grassroots level, with green buildings, electric transport and ambitious emissions targetsThe rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne stretches back through history. So too does the tug-of-war between Queensland and, well, just about all the…
  • 12 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    A loophole could mean a company that raised just $750,000 to buy a mine with a $120m clean-up liability does not need to seek a new environmental permitA loophole in Queensland mining laws could allow a startup company to avoid government scrutiny of its suitability to operate a coalmine with a $120m-plus…
  • 11 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    The bill would ban coal, oil and gas extraction on US public land and is symbolic, as it has no chance of passing a Congress dominated by RepublicansLegislation that would ban coal, oil and gas extraction on US public land has been introduced in Congress in a timely act of Democratic defiance to the legal…
  • 11 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Booming market grew 27% in 2015 edging past European Union for first time, says industry group. Climate Home reportsChina installed half of all new wind capacity worldwide last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The country added an ?astonishing? 30.5 gigawatts (GW) to boost installations…
  • 11 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Amid growing climate chaos, can we really afford, financially, ecologically, or morally, to be sowing tomato seeds in early February, just so we can pick fruits in June, asks John WalkerThis is an edited extract from John?s new book Digging Deep in the Garden: Book One.For the youngest to the oldest gardener,…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Many states have begun shifting funds to clean energy, and the administration has touted measures such as tax credits that it says will have a larger impact on curbing emissions ? and still anticipates a win in the supreme court in JuneThe supreme court hit the pause button on Barack Obama?s plans to…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Plans to generate energy from Swansea Bay lagoon are further delayed as UK energy minister announces wider review of the sector The future of a revolutionary plan to generate electricity from a lagoon in Swansea Bay has been thrown into further doubt after the UK government unveiled plans for a six-month…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Politicians, businesses and campaigners from other countries rally to support Barack Obama after supreme court puts US flagship climate plan on holdThe US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama?s climate…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    British oil company accused of being self-serving after saying fossil fuels will still be providing 80% of world?s total energy supply in 2035BP has predicted a bright future for the oil and gas industry with crude prices spiking at $100 a barrel again, huge increases in shale output and new production…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Green group says claims by the head of fracking company Cuadrilla that they had ?misled? the charities regulator are an attempt to silence the oppositionFriends of the Earth (FoE) has defended its record on lobbying against shale gas fracking, after accusations from one of the companies involved in drilling…
  • 10 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    MPs warn that without CCS technology, it will be much more expensive to meet national and internationally agreed targets on reducing emissionsThe scrapping of government support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has put at risk the UK?s international commitments on tackling climate change,…
  • 09 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    As public inquiry opens, council defends decision to reject energy firm?s planning application to drill for shale gas The decision to refuse planning permission for fracking in Lancashire was ?local democracy in action?, a barrister for Lancashire county council has said at the first day of a public inquiry…
  • 09 Feb 2016 - The Guardian
    Market Forces report finds members of 15 Australian super funds lost an average of $1,109 per member in fossil fuel investments over two yearsMany Australians are losing thousands of dollars a year from their retirement savings because their super funds continue to invest in fossil fuel companies, according…