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  • 19 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    As treaties are ratified and hopes rise for a sustainable solution to energy poverty, NGOs question who stands to benefitAt the end of August the South African cabinet ratified a signed treaty on the Grand Inga hydropower project with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Jeff Radebe, minister for planning,…
  • 19 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Oil company denies fracking operation at exploratory well saying its looking at natural gas not shalePeople living near a Canadian energy companys exploratory gas-drilling site in the Yorkshire Wolds have complained to the Environment Agency about feeling sick from noxious smells. But the company has…
  • 18 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Pennsylvanians are racing to find old wells that spread fumes in homes and bubble contaminants into drinking water, even as the industry continues to fuel the states economyDrinking water contaminated by shale gas boomLaurie Barr spent a recent Saturday like she spends a lot of her weekends: trodding…
  • 18 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Fracking technology has crossed over from the fields of Pennsylvania and Texas to the mountains of Sichuan, but so have risks and consequences, reports Mother JonesOn a hazy morning last September, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting…
  • 18 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Rush to beat EU ban on energy-guzzling machines boosts monthly sales figures, says ONSA rush to buy energy-guzzling vacuum cleaners ahead of EU environmental laws banning them helped retail sales push ahead 0.4% in August compared with the previous month, according to official figures.The Office for National…
  • 18 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    We asked four Guardian journalists to put themselves in the place of politicians. What would they do differently? How would you fare? Work out your 2050 world hereThe UK government has created a digital game, My2050, which allows anyone to try their hand at meeting tough carbon reduction targets while…
  • 18 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Greens will add spine and rigour to pathetic Coalition climate plan in order to ensure RET remainsChristine Milne has said the Greens will help put spine and rigour into the Coalitions Direct Action climate plan and allow it to become law, in return for an assurance that the renewable energy target will…
  • 17 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    With Brazil's energy policy dominating the runup to next month's general election, pro-oil demonstrators take to the streetsThe brutalist headquarters of South America's biggest company, Petrobras, offers a harsh riposte to those who try to romanticise Brazil as a land of golden beaches and endless forest.…
  • 17 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Division remains in Coalition where backbenchers are pushing against large-scale wind and solar projects The two major parties appear no closer to a compromise on the future of the renewable energy target, amid a push by Coalition backbenchers to strip away the mechanism for large-scale wind and solar…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Actor and activist made the plea in a press call hosted by Food & Water Watch, which released a report on fracking Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo called on US president Barack Obama to ban fracking and make the US the renewable energy capital of the world on Tuesday. Ruffalo made the plea in a press…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    A week before major UN talks on climate change, EPA extends comment period for rule to cut carbon pollution from plantsBarack Obama unveils historic climate change planBarack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Heres the digested readAbout 80% of the worlds economic output comes from cities, but they also account for 70% of energy use and associated emissions. At least 1bn people are expected to swell the population…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - Telegraph
    Renewable energy supplies almost half of Scotland's energy and the government wants to become 100 pc green by 2020…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    The UK has been at the forefront of integrating climate change action into economic decision-makingThe link between economic growth and action to reduce the risks of climate change is the focus of the New Climate Economy report issued on Tuesday.Its credentials are impressive and its findings emphatic.…
  • 16 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Treasurer reaffirms his view of wind turbines as a blight on the Australian landscape as his government considers gutting the renewable energy sector The beauty of windfarms in picturesJoe Hockey has repeated his criticism of the aesthetics of windfarms, saying he finds them quite appalling and that…