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  • 08 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Australian environment minister says strict conditions will prevent Chinese-owned mine from impacting on farmland or water supplies but farmers are outragedA contentious $1.2bn mining project on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains region has been approved by the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt,…
  • 07 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Even as Europe?s biggest economy aspires to be a renewable energy leader, it is exploiting its vast reserves of dirty brown coal, reports Yale Environment 360 The hole in the landscape that opens up in front of the group of visitors is so vast and deep that some of them simply stare, mouths agape. ?This…
  • 07 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    A solar-powered water project in Cameroon?s arid north has enabled villagers to fight poverty by starting small businessesWhen the government of Cameroon started a solar-powered water distribution system in the north of the country, the objective was to improve access to potable water and to ease irrigation…
  • 07 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    The White House wants to cut bills and fight climate change by installing 300 megawatts of solar power in subsidised housing by 2020The White House said it would move to put more solar panels on rooftops in poor, inner-city neighbourhoods to cut electricity bills and fight climate change.The plan, to…
  • 07 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    The NSW planning minister says a proposed amendment would give social and environmental issues equal standing with the economic in decision makingResidents in the New South Wales town of Bulga, which was previously earmarked for relocation due to the expansion of a nearby mine, have seized upon changes…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Carbon Tracker report reveals keeping to emissions targets would render obsolete more than $280bn worth of global liquefied natural gas projectsMore than $280bn (£180bn) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects being planned over the next decade risk becoming ?stranded? if global action is taken…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    More than 10,000 people demonstrate for ?jobs, justice and climate action? in CanadaDemonstrators from a huge diversity of organizations marched boisterously through downtown Toronto on Sunday calling for a paradigm-shift in how climate change is addressed.Not a typical protest of environmentalists, it…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Country takes row over subsidies to European court of justice amid concerns UK project could distort energy marketAustria has filed a legal challenge at the European court of justice against EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain, government officials have said.?Subsidies…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Notorious US opponents of climate action have been lobbying Europe on energy and environment issues, according to EU transparency register A notorious funder of climate sceptics in the US has spent at least ?550,000 (£390,908) lobbying the EU on environmental protections and energy issues over the…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    More than 6,000 cities have signed up to go further than EU climate targets. Copenhagen, Bristol and Vxj are leading the wayWhen heads of state go to Paris at the end of the year to negotiate a deal to tackle climate change, global city mayors will also be there, arguing that since cities are responsible…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Wind farms are one of the solutions to Africa?s energy crisis, but they have the potential to jeopardise threatened bird species such as eagles and vulturesMany people see wind energy as one of the key solutions to meeting Africa?s growing energy demand and mitigating climate change. As a result, wind…
  • 06 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Europe?s largest conservation organisation to use solar, biomass and hydro power to supply half its energy needs for its estates, historic houses and palacesThe National Trust is to invest £30m in solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake, in a bid…
  • 05 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Despite a report that links practice to contaminated drinking water, list of more than 1,076 chemicals used during fracking process remains unknown to publicThe fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any…
  • 05 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    London startup tailors smaller, cheaper battery for UK households to use more of their own generated solar energy When Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, took to the stage in California in April to launch a solar battery for the home, the audience hollered and whooped at every detail. On the other…
  • 03 Jul 2015 - The Guardian
    Governments urged to rethink plans for new coal-fired power plants as study estimates they will release more than 500bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050Governments must rethink plans for new coal-fired power plants around the world, as these are now the ?most urgent? threat to the future of the planet,…