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  • 30 Jul 2015 - Telegraph
    Campaigners feared proposed Nocton Fen wind farm, on land owned by Sir James Dyson, could ruin views of Lincoln cathedral…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Long wait will further delay government energy plans following councillors? rejection of Cuadrilla scheme to frack at two sites in Fylde Ministers have been told they may have to wait at least 16 months before learning whether fracking will be allowed in Lancashire, in a severe blow to the government?s…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Large solar power farm development largely stopped following April cuts, new figures show, and smaller farms will be hit nextThe amount of solar power being installed in the UK has largely flatlined since the closure by the government of a subsidy scheme in April, even before a new round of subsidy cuts…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Chief executive Ben van Beurden says group will press ahead with $30bn asset sales and $3bn spending cuts as second quarter profits fall 35%Shell sees no quick end to the slump in oil prices and plans to further slash annual spending, sell off assets and bring the total number of job cuts to 6,500 by…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    LED and solar technology is liberating remote communities from dependence on unhealthy fuel, explains US department of energy scientist Evan MillsA sixth of humanity spends upwards of $40bn (£26bn) per year on lighting (20% of the total energy spend for lighting), yet enjoys only 0.1% as much illumination…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Germany drives bumper year for European offshore wind in 2015, installing three times more capacity than current leader, the UKEurope?s offshore wind power industry has set a record for its biggest ever year just six months into 2015. The biggest factor was a huge jump in turbines in German waters connecting…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Planning minister, Jackie Trad, considers using ?call-in? power that would give her final approval which could not be challengedThe Queensland government is considering stepping in to head off a legal challenge to one of Australia?s largest planned solar farms in the state?s northern sugar belt.The Spanish…
  • 30 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    The Conversation media outlet checked the figures Jones quoted on Q&A and found claim for cost of wind power was grossly overstatedThe ABC has had to correct two statements made by Alan Jones on Q&A last week, including one that put the cost of wind power 10 times higher than it actually is.?Eighty…
  • 29 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    World Bank?s climate change envoy: ?We need to wean ourselves off coal?Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ?rare circumstances?The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.In…
  • 29 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Fossil fuel divestment campaigners still have work to do, meeting held by Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is told. Climate News Network reportsThere?s sobering news for campaigners trying to persuade investors to withdraw their funds from the fossil fuel industry: UK experts say their efforts are unlikely…
  • 29 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Greenpeace climbers in Oregon city say they plan to spend days hanging from the bridge but Shell maintains the Fennica will be off after ?final preparations?A group of environmental activists rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, shortly before 3am PT, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell?s Arctic…
  • 29 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Report says Australia must embrace renewables and coal exacts an ?enormous toll? on health, drives climate change and is ineffective in delivering electricity to world?s poor Tony Abbott is mistaken in claiming coal is ?good for humanity?, with the fossil fuel causing numerous health problems and ineffective…
  • 29 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Frack Free NT Alliance says oil and gas company sponsorship undermines the integrity of the festival and investment from the renewables sector should be sought insteadArtists and environmental activists have called on the Darwin festival to reject sponsorship from the energy company Santos because of…
  • 28 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Geoff Moore (Letters, 28 July) seems very poorly informed as to how the payments for rooftop solar arrays are calculated. If nothing is generated and therefore there is no export to the grid, the payment would be nil.We have a solar array and in four years have generated over 13,500 kilowatt-hours. In…
  • 28 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    UK Cabinet Office report sets out risks of coronal mass ejections from the sun causing power outages, and disruption of GPS and communications Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a ?coronal mass ejection? that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, according…