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  • 24 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Primates in Fukushima region found to have low white and red blood cell levels and radioactive caesiumWild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help…
  • 24 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Renewed effort to find site for underground disposal site will not allow veto for any one level of local governmentLocal communities could be paid over £40m by government for simply considering the building of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in their area, ministers announced on Thursday.…
  • 24 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Solar industry says contracts for difference budget represents a large reduction in the support they receiveA ceiling of £200m a year will be placed on subsidies to some of the major forms of renewable energy from this autumn, affecting the funding of large-scale low-carbon installations from wind…
  • 23 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Report by energy department's chief scientist unlikely to result in new restrictions on biomass power stations Burning wood to produce electricity can produce lower carbon emissions than other fuels, but only under tightly controlled conditions, a report for the UKs Department of Energy and Climate Change…
  • 23 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    EU climate chief says energy-saving deal is not good news for Putin, but others hoping for 40% target are disappointedEuropean Union member states will have to improve their energy efficiency by nearly a third in the next 15 years, under new proposals unveiled on Wednesday by the European commission.The…
  • 23 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Nuclear must be a part of the UK's low carbon energy mix because renewable sources cannot provide power 24/7"Nuclear power remains, prospectively, one of the cheapest low-carbon technologies and can play an important role as part of a cost-effective portfolio of technologies to decarbonise the power…
  • 22 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Refusal of Celtique Energie thought to be the first time a council has rejected a planning application by a shale companyAn application by a shale company to explore for oil and gas in a picturesque part of West Sussex has been turned down. West Sussex County Councils planning committee refused the application…
  • 22 Jul 2014 - Telegraph
    The cashback available to households has been reduced from £7,600 to £5,600 following huge demand…
  • 22 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumptionThe UK and Germany lead a list of the EUs most polluting coal-fired power stations compiled by environmental campaigners, who say coal emissions are undermining efforts to…
  • 22 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    GPS tracking showed several travelling in a grid-like pattern between individual turbines, apparently foragingSeals are taking advantage of offshore windfarms to forage for food, satellite tracking has shown. Data from tagging harbour and grey seals on the British and Dutch coasts of the North Sea revealed…
  • 21 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    We examine three technologies touted to reduce our water use. Greywater systems can halve use, but are they worth the cost?Rainwater systems - can the weather help with bills?Wednesday: the rise of the composting toiletGreywater recycling systems collect the water youve used in your sinks, dishwashers,…
  • 19 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Sonic cannons to be used in ocean from Delaware to Florida Study estimates 138,000 sea creatures could be affectedThe Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath…
  • 18 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Decision opens an area of the eastern seaboard larger than two Californias to exploration for the first time in decadesThe Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday formally approved guidelines…
  • 18 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Ranking places Mexico last and voices concern about the pace of efforts by the United States and AustraliaGermany is the world's most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday.The study of 16 major economies…
  • 18 Jul 2014 - The Guardian
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is declaring victory after a long-fought battle to repeal laws to price greenhouse gas emissions. But who actually won?It has been an historic week for climate change policy as Australia becomes the first nation in the world to repeal laws that had put a price on…