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  • 28 Aug 2015 - Telegraph
    Intent on settling old scores with the profligate Lib Dems, the government is effectively ending its solar subsidy scheme just as the USA expands its own…
  • 28 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Newcastle is the seventh council in Australia to announce it will shun fossil fuels, reports the Sydney Morning HeraldNewcastle city council in Australia has voted to exit holdings in the big four banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. About 80% of the Australian city of Newcastle council?s…
  • 28 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Damp basements, cracked walls and wallpapers dotted with mould patches ? life in the town built on marshland is getting sticky, reports De StandaardWith street names such as Gijzelaarsweg (Hostage Way), Politiek Gevangenenlaan (Political Prisoners? Avenue) and Helden Plein (Heroes? Square), the Ghent…
  • 28 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    In Las Cruces, New Mexico, a pilot project is using heat-loving algae to clean wastewater and generate energy The sulphurous springs of Yellowstone national park are scalding, tainted with heavy metals and acidic enough to eat through clothing. But their murky depths are also home to an algae that scientists…
  • 28 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Coal lobbyists think Australians should be shocked that climate campaigners have strategies and are coordinatedBefore I reveal some chilling truths about environmental campaigners, you?d best grab your nearest cuddly toy and take refuge behind the sofa.As government ministers, conservative commentators…
  • 28 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    If Tony Abbott wants to focus on jobs, he has to abandon his obsession with coal ? a capital intensive industry that creates fewer jobs than the horse industryThe prime minister has repeatedly said that the next election should be about jobs. He has attempted to kick-start a new ?economy versus environment?…
  • 27 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Renewable energy sector condemns proposal to cut feed-in-tariff for small-scale solar installations by almost 90% from 1 JanuaryThe government wants to slash by 87% subsidies for householders who install solar panels on their rooftops, in a move that renewable energy experts warn could kill off a promising…
  • 27 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Earlier this month, 1,500 protesters forced the temporary closure of a vast lignite mine in Germany. It was terrifiyng, exhilarating ? and direct action at its bestThis month, I broke the law. I wasn?t alone; I was with 1,500 others, many of whom had never broken any law for their beliefs before. Together…
  • 27 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    News of Tory-appointed official follows on Environment Minister granting Shell up to 21 days to stop underwater oil spills The agency tasked with giving approval for Shell?s deep-water drilling off Canada?s east coast includes a Tory-appointed official who worked for Shell for decades, it has emerged.Shell?s…
  • 27 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Building a wind farm or solar energy project is nothing professionals in fossil fuels can?t manage, but there are too few programmes to help them retrainAdriaan Kamp used to be a die-hard oilman. After 17 years at Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell, the 54-year-old Dutchman now runs a consultancy based in…
  • 27 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels?At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set…
  • 26 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Charlotte Church sings This Bitter Earth outside Shell?s London HQ in protest at plans to begin drilling in the Arctic. The Welsh singer told the crowds gathered under Hungerford bridge she wanted to make the company question what they are doing. The event was staged by Greenpeace, which has been putting…
  • 26 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    Singer takes part in performance organised by Greenpeace aimed at persuading executives at oil giant to lift lid on plans to drill in Chukchi seaThe trains rumbled overhead, the rain drove in sideways and the buses steered through the crowds. But despite the distractions, Charlotte Church carried on singing…
  • 26 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    The US?s Environmental Protection Agency has given Australia?s Department of the Environment details of recent fracking study and is peer reviewing papersThe Australian government has obtained information from US environmental regulators on the impact of fracking upon water supplies to help inform a new…
  • 25 Aug 2015 - The Guardian
    US president says conservative politicians and businesspeople are ?standing in the way of the future? by opposing his clean energy measuresBarack Obama has railed against US political and business figures who oppose the expansion of wind and solar power in a speech where he singled out the influential…