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  • 27 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    In 1998 major fossil fuel companies put $2m behind a plan that would effectively fuel the fires of climate science scepticism among the American public. We reveal where the 12 people behind that plan are nowIn early 1998, some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world were hatching a plan to hijack…
  • 27 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    A pan-European energy alliance would help deal with Russia, strengthen Europe strategically, and allow us to tackle climate changeHow many of us, as European citizens, turn on the gas to cook something and reflect that we are part of an enormous geopolitical and environmental picture? But we are. Europe?s…
  • 27 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Devolution package was promised after Scottish independence referendum last year, but concessions may not mollify Welsh government or Plaid CymruWales will be handed the power to ban fracking and allow voting at 16 under a devolution package that is due to be unveiled today by David Cameron and Nick Clegg.The…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Shareholders ask the five largest US oil companies ? Valero, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Chevron ? to disclose the risks their operations and facilities face from rising sea levels and storm surgesInvestors and nonprofits on Thursday asked the five largest US oil companies to disclose…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    The human rights campaigner says South Africa is wasting resources on surveillance when the information is available on Twitter and FacebookA veteran of South Africa?s anti-apartheid struggle has expressed ?sadness, hurt and deep disappointment? that the country?s democratic government may have been spying…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    More than a dozen windfarms and five solar farms are among first projects to receive financial support under contracts for differenceMore than a dozen new onshore wind farms are to receive financial backing through the coalition government?s reformed renewable incentive scheme, along with two offshore…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Europe?s decision to limit the amount of palm oil used in biofuels may be welcome, but the jury is out on whether alternatives prove more or less damaging to the environmentThe EU has agreed to put a cap on the amount of palm oil, soy, maize and other food crops to be used in biofuels. After a long-running…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Liberal government announces extended moratorium to protect clean produce reputation but Northern Territory says practice can continueThe Tasmanian government will extend its ban on fracking for five years to protect the state?s agricultural industry.The ban announced on Thursday, which follows a lengthy…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Parliamentary report refutes state and federal government claim that new CSG activity will solve a gas shortage in NSW and help curb power billsThe contentious expansion of coal seam gas operations in New South Wales will not drive down gas prices as the state and federal governments have claimed, according…
  • 26 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate changeThe Goolarabooloo people have their own name for James Price Point: Walmadany.It?s a spectacular bit of country in the Kimberley…
  • 25 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    US-based renewable energy company has successfully installed two vertical axis wind turbines on the iconic tower, BusinessGreen reportsOne of the world?s most iconic sites has become the latest high profile venue to embrace renewable energy, after the installation of two vertical axis wind turbines as…
  • 25 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    UK?s leading energy companies ?have no interest in real energy efficiency?, says Tory MP Greg BarkerThe big six energy companies undermined the government?s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain?s housing stock, according to the former climate minister who is now David Cameron?s…
  • 25 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Barack Obama cements legacy as the first climate-aware presidentYesterday, President Barack Obama became the first president who has taken a stand to stop climate change.Actually, that isn?t quite true. President Obama took that stand from his first step into the White House. He has put into place a series…
  • 25 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    As the European commission sets out its plans to harmonise the energy systems of member states, despite the potential benefits there remain huge barriers to success Proposals to be unveiled on Wednesday by the European commission to bring together the energy systems of member states into a single ?energy…
  • 25 Feb 2015 - The Guardian
    Legal group says state environmental regulator gave no regard to reports in India claiming one of the companies in the Adani group was destroying mangroves and bribing officialsThe Queensland environment department is examining claims that Adani?s chequered environmental and legal history is grounds to…