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  • 30 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Unidentified drones had flown over seven plants this month by mystery operator as Greenpeace denies involvementFrances state-run power firm Électricité de France (EDF) on Wednesday said unidentified drones had flown over seven nuclear plants this month, leading it to file a complaint with…
  • 29 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Nuclear safety expert claims there is significant risk due to poor condition of storage ponds containing highly radioactive fuel rodsPreviously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing…
  • 29 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    With help from Scotlands marine power expertise, Chile may be on course for a dramatic reversal in its energy fortunesHistorically, Chile has imported the majority of its energy at great cost to its poorest citizens. Chileans in remote communities which rely on diesel generators for their electricity…
  • 29 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Government agrees to Nick Xenophons demand for safeguards scheme and will investigate Clive Palmers dormant emissions trading proposalThe Coalitions $2.5bn Direct Action climate policy appears likely to pass the Senate after the environment minister, Greg Hunt, agreed to minor amendments, but doubts remain…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    What Polly Toynbee didnt say (This war on windfarms is the Tories latest sop to Ukip, 28 October) was that two weeks ago wind generated 25% of Britains power. What we should be doing is growing our own indigenous wind turbine industry, as at the moment we import them from mainly Germany and Denmark. A…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Operator reassures households that strong electricity and gas supplies can withstand cold winter or supply disruptionNational Grid has moved to reassure households and businesses it will have enough power supply even in a cold winter after a spate of fires and power plant closures helped to cut spare…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Swiss-based group launch new battery technology that they claim will be a breakthrough for storing excess clean energy, and create 2,500 jobs in the USCould a long-vacant cigarette factory in North Carolina build the rechargeable battery that will unlock the future of the clean energy economy?The Swiss-based…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    National planning rules do little to support community energy projects, despite their wider social and environmental benefitsWhen the Cornish village of Gorran High Lanes raised £80,000 in a share issue to install two 80KW wind turbines, the aim was to create their own sustainable energy source.…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Destruction and regeneration are the reefs two great constants the problem is that the reef no longer has the resilience it once hadThe Great Barrier Reef is not a museum piece that can be preserved or maintained in any kind of constant state. To talk about keeping it as it is or protecting it in a particular…
  • 28 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Big lenders have closed off finance to Abbots Point, says US environment group Rainforest Action NetworkUS banking giants Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase have become the latest big financiers to rule out funding a major coal port expansion in Queensland, environmentalists say.Rainforest Action…
  • 27 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Scientists warn the governments strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we wont have much of a Great Barrier Reef leftThe Australian governments multimillion dollar plan to halt the worrying decline of the Great Barrier Reef does nothing to address…
  • 27 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    British understanding with Poland key to climate agreement, says energy minister, but devil is in the detailA minimum 40% plunge in Europes CO2 emissions by 2030 agreed by EU leaders last week was a historic moment on the road to a global climate deal, enabled by a new British relationship with Poland,…
  • 26 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Ed Davey says he expects no negative shocks in Ofgems energy supply outlook following fire at Didcot BThe energy secretary, Ed Davey, has sought to reassure households that there will be no energy shortage this winter, after a series of fires at power stations raised fears about Britains lights going…
  • 26 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Industry minister says that because electricity consumption has fallen 15%, the RET must be reduced by the same amountThe government is sticking to its proposed reduction in the renewable energy target (RET), saying that nothing has changed in terms of its climate policy.Industry minister Ian Macfarlane…
  • 25 Oct 2014 - The Guardian
    Whats wrong with solar energy? you say, accusingly. But I dont see any solar panels on the roof of your house and I know the 4x4 in the driveway doesnt run off a wind turbineIm reluctant to say what I do when Im introduced at parties. I steel myself for criticism. People are overt in their dislike of…