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  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    The Great Barrier Reef is sick. Almost half of its coral is already dead and a massive new coal mine, which was given final approval this week, will only cause further damage. This is not just an issue for Australia, it affects us all The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary interactiveThese are dark days…
  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Why is the UK government seeking to exploit more fossil fuels when we cant burn what we already know is there?During the filming of Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubricks satire on nuclear armageddon, Kubrick is supposed to have turned to its star, Peter Sellers, and asked: Have you ever heard of mutually assured…
  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Gap in energy policy could have seen billpayers funding billions of pounds of subsidy for old coal plantsA loophole in the governments energy policy that could have seen billpayers funding billions of pounds of subsidy for old coal plants will be closed, officials have told the Guardian. The move is a…
  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Government efforts to protect sustainable agriculture may also cut off growth of the burgeoning British biogas industryBritish biogas is not taking off as fast as some in the industry had hoped and the government stands accused of stunting its growth.As part of wider changes to its sustainable energy…
  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    The ACCIs new modelling on the renewable energy target, an economic and environmental success story, gives off a whiff of lobby group desperationThere is a pungent aroma emanating from the latest piece of economic work being spruiked by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) about the…
  • 01 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Welsh hippies ushered in an era of sustainable living well before the world had woken up to climate change Hippies in a slate quarry in Wales are celebrating four decades of green revolution this weekend, having transformed the character of a local town, pioneered new energy technologies and constructed…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Fred Pearce (So a fracking battle begins, but is it clear who is right?, 30 July) states that: Given the choice between a wind turbine on the hill or a fracking well in a nearby field, many would choose the latter, whatever the climate equation. This is simply not supported by the evidence. The latest…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Didcot As cooling towers fuelled not only power, but controversy and passion. Residents and workers talk about their final dayIt should be later. It shouldnt be happening. It must be over before anyone is awake, before anything happens on the neighbouring railway that once fed it coal, or the web of roads…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Standing for more than 40 years, gone in a few seconds, the three Didcot A cooling towers brought down by explosion on 27 July attracted joy, sadness and controversy. Local residents, workers at the station and demolition experts talk about preparing for the big day, and what the cooling towers have meant…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    National Trust installs Archimedes at Cragside mansion in Northumberland, reports Climate News NetworkHydropower is making its return to one of the UKs grand houses, which almost 140 years ago pioneered the use of water to provide electricity.A modern version of an ancient device, the Archimedes screw,…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    British Gas owner confirms £40m write-down from Celtic Array project in partnership with Dong Energy, reports BusinessGreenThe UKs offshore wind industry suffered a fresh setback on Thursday, after Centrica and Dong Energy confirmed they have shelved plans for the giant Celtic Array offshore wind farm…
  • 31 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    From bin collections to windfarms and fracking, the communities secretary and supposed champion of localism has made it clear localism only stretches as far local opinions that he sharesCommunities secretary Eric Pickles, appointed this week as the final arbiter of fracking applications across half of…
  • 30 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Watchdog predicts suppliers will make more than expected and calls for lower bills for consumersThe energy watchdog, Ofgem, is predicting that energy suppliers will make £106 per household over the next year almost 5% more than it forecast a month ago.Dermot Nolan, the chief executive, said he…
  • 30 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Warsaw accused of breaching EU law on assessing environmental impact of fracking, reports EurActivThe European commission has begun legal proceedings against Poland for amending its national laws to allow shale drills at depths of up to 5,000 metres without first having assessed the potential environmental…
  • 30 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopefulFor the last few months, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have been at record levels unseen in over 800,000 years. The chairman of the IPCC, an international panel of the worlds…