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  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Third Energy becomes only second company to seek permission in UK to frack for shale gas in the UK with application for a site in Ryedale districtA small energy company has become the second firm to apply for a licence to frack for gas in Britain, submitting an application for a site in the Vale of Pickering…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Researchers around the world are developing artificial photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide and sunlight into liquid fuelImagine having a fuel pump in your driveway that uses photosynthesis, the same process plants use to feed themselves, to turn carbon dioxide into fuel for your car.It?s not science…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Talk by the world?s biggest oil exporter of giving up fossil fuels and embracing solar and wind energy adds momentum towards a global climate change dealSo what to make of the statement by Saudi Arabia?s oil minister that the world?s biggest oil exporter could stop using fossil fuels as soon as 2040 and…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    State?s Republican politicians counter anti-fracking insurgency by banning the ban, as critics say ?they?ve just handed the golden ticket to oil and gas?The framed newspaper article in Adam Briggle?s office with the headline ?Fracking banned? is from last November. It already reads like ancient history.The…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Only a handful of companies are setting emission reduction targets in line with what climate scientists say is necessary - that must changeToday the low carbon economy is worth over £3tn. This fact is just one of many showing how far the business case for addressing climate change has come, with…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    In our latest Keep it in the ground update, Hawaii university says it will divest its $66m fund from fossil fuels, we launch our Climate Publishers Network, plus how to join in our next live eventThe University of Hawaii System has announced it will divest its $66m (£42m) endowment from oil, coal…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    In February, Baoding was given the unwanted title of having the worst air quality in the whole of China. Jennifer Duggan pays a visit ? and discovers a city desperate to reinvent itself as a pioneer of renewable energy? How China?s pollution problem impacts on its people - in picturesIt is a rare blue-skied…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    He is one of only two Colombian union activists to be abducted by paramilitaries and live. Now BP and other oil firms face allegations they were complicit in human rights abuses It was just after 7pm when they came for Gilberto Torres, as he had long feared they would. The trade union leader had had a…
  • 22 May 2015 - The Guardian
    BP says it will defend unprecedented claim by trade union leader Gilberto Torres in case that spotlights role of big carbon in one of Colombia?s darkest periodsA Colombian trade union leader is beginning an unprecedented claim for damages against BP in the high court in London, alleging the oil company?s…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in ParisBusiness leaders are preparing for a limited agreement on reducing carbon emissions at the crunch UN summit…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Cavendish Fluor Partnership says plans reflect ?stepdowns? in work at nuclear plants around UKThe new private consortium that recently won the £4.2bn management contract for the decommissioning of 12 Magnox nuclear power stations has revealed plans to cut up to 1,600 jobs. Cavendish Nuclear, a division…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Gates and Wellcome do splendid work for the health of the world. They can no longer allow their unhealthy fossil fuel investments to undo it?Giving with the one hand and taking with the other.? The words of Professor Anne Glover, on the contradiction at the heart of the way the world?s two largest health…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Five power generators, which supply National Grid at peak periods, face inquiry into planning consents provided at ?capacity? auctionsEnergy regulator Ofgem has opened an investigation into five power companies that took part in the government?s first ?capacity market? auction designed to keep the lights…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Top environmentalist says areas of rainforest the size of Switzerland are lost each year and point of no return will be reached if politicians keep ignoring problemA top conservationist has called on world leaders and environmentalists to urgently renew their focus on the state of tropical rainforests,…
  • 21 May 2015 - The Guardian
    Former BP boss says subsidies are incompatible with combating climate change and should be eliminated before setting carbon price to curb emissionsThe chairman of the world?s biggest commodity trader has called for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels.Tony Hayward, the chairman of Glencore Xstrata, told…