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  • 27 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Cat litter used to absorb liquids in a barrel of nuclear waste was the wrong type, sparking a chemical reaction and a subsequent radioactive leakA radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was caused by ?chemically incompatible? contents, including cat litter, that reacted inside…
  • 27 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    David Cameron and Hassan Rouhani agree this week?s Lausanne talks offer ?historic opportunity? to end long-running standoffDavid Cameron and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, have agreed that international negotiators in Switzerland have a ?historic opportunity? in the next few days to put together…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    You report that the US Department of Interior is likely to give the go-ahead this week for Shell drilling in the Arctic this year (23 March). On the basis of the detailed inquiries that various US regulatory authorities have undertaken on Shell?s record in the Arctic, including the Kulluk incident two…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Nitrogen dioxide emissions from Aberthaw coal plant in Wales found to be more than twice the legal limit Brussels will haul the UK into court for breaching emissions limits of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NOx) at its coal-fired Aberthaw power plant in Wales, the bloc announced on Thursday.The…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U?wa peopleThe indigenous U?wa people living in north-east Colombia have won what observers call an ?historic? and ?decisive? victory after state oil and gas company Ecopetrol dismantled a gas drilling site in…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures showThe UK?s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption slumped,…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    The biggest fall in emissions since 1990 saw carbon dioxide output drop by almost a tenth while energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures showThe UK?s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption slumped,…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Household bills continued to rise despite a drop in energy use in 2014, attributed to warmer weather driving down demand for heatingBritish households used 14% less energy in 2014, as average temperatures rose to record highs and drove down demand for heating, according to government statistics released…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    CSG is a big vote swinger in the country, with many communities declaring themselves ?gasfield free?. This is not just about the environment, writes our reporter: it?s also about people wanting to be heardBruce Shearman has handed out how-to-vote cards for the National party for 50 years. It has been…
  • 26 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Extensive ?advice? from AGL, Energy Australia and Origin on the Renewable Energy Target has been a disaster ? except for the companies? profitsIndustry minister Ian Macfarlane would not have believed his luck when the clean energy council (CEC) buckled to a 20% reduction in the renewable energy target…
  • 25 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Yet another recommendation to blacklist Reliance Industries could be made following developments in oil operations in PeruIn 2010 the Council on Ethics for Norway?s ?Government Pension Fund Global? (GPFG) recommended that the GPFG divest its holdings from giant Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries,…
  • 25 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Neil Sinclair (Letters, 23 March) writes ?more migrants means more ? consumption of the planet?s resources and degradation of the environment? (my italics). This would only be true if migrants contributed to more consumption of environmentally damaging resources in the UK than they would have done if…
  • 25 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Justices concerned about costs of Obama administration?s new standardsIndustry groups and 21 states challenge regulations on power plantsThe US supreme court?s conservative majority on Wednesday signalled hostility towards the Obama administration?s refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions…
  • 25 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Court to decide whether cost is initial factor in regulating output of mercury and other hazardous pollutants or whether health risks are only considerationThe US supreme court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental…
  • 25 Mar 2015 - The Guardian
    Despite the Guardian campaign, at Wellcome we?ve found it?s more constructive to actively engage with the companies in which we investFor two decades I lived in Vietnam, leading research into the health challenges affecting low and middle-income countries. It is clear from my personal and professional…