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  • 20 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Oil tycoon Sir Ian Woods says reserves will decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about future Scottish economySir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, has accused Alex Salmond's government of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%.Wood, the billionaire…
  • 20 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Advocates of district heating schemes say they reduce fuel imports, lower carbon emissions and tackle fuel povertyWhen the oil crisis hit in the winter of 1973 the price per barrel quadrupled, and countries that were heavily dependent on oil were in dire straits. Denmark was one such nation: more than…
  • 19 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Government has been told it may face legal action if it cuts target, as it considers options presented by review Cutting the renewable energy target could bankrupt existing wind farms and lead to legal action against the commonwealth government, energy companies have warned.The government has long been…
  • 19 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    From sun tunnels to wood burners, here are a some small-scale, energy saving ideas for sustainable renovation, inspired by some of Britains superhomesSustainable homeware in picturesHope Villa: from a leaky semi to a sustainable superhomeReclaimed wooden boards have obvious eco-credentials and the added…
  • 19 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    From psychedelic teapots to rugs woven from thrown-away saris, weve pulled together some of the most beautiful and cleverly sourced homeware around10 ways to renovate sustainablyHope Villa: from a leaky semi to a sustainable superhome Continue reading...…
  • 19 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Chris Newman explains how he retrofitted his draughty Victorian townhouse so thoroughly it beats the PassivHaus standard10 ways to renovate sustainablySustainable homeware in picturesWhen he bought it three and a half years ago, Chris Newmans three-storey semi was horribly cold, with solid walls, leaky…
  • 19 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissionsThe UK government is lobbying the European commission (EC) to keep open one of Europes dirtiest coal power stations, even though its nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions exceed new legal limits…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    US geological study finds that earthquakes caused by some energy drilling are felt 16 times less than natural earthquakesMan-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude,…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Protests at offices of Defra and energy firm in London, Swansea University campus and sites in East Yorkshire and BlackpoolAnti-fracking protesters caused peaceful disruption at several locations on Monday, gluing themselves to the doors of a government department, occupying a building used by an energy…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    News of Ineos's move into shale gas extraction comes amid nationwide protests against companies involved in frackingIneos, the company at the centre of last year's bitter dispute with unions at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant, has bought the rights to explore fracking for shale gas in a 127 square…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Stunt part of a day of nationwide direct action against plans to drill for shale gas in the UKAt least 10 anti-fracking protesters have occupied an office building in Blackpool leased by the energy firm Cuadrilla.The demonstrators forced their way into the building on an industrial estate near Blackpool…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swellThe vision of an energy-independent Britain, free of the clear and growing problems of overseas fuel dependency, is deeply alluring. That is one of the reasons I set up…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Decision to suspend Mildura solar power station comes amid speculation renewable energy target may be scrappedPlans for one of Australias largest solar power stations have been scrapped, in part because of uncertainty over the future of the renewable energy target (RET).Funding for the $75m, 100-megawatt…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Campaigners claim Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is hiding findings on impacts of drillingAnti-fracking protesters have superglued themselves to the doors at the main entrance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). A related protest is also underway at the…
  • 18 Aug 2014 - The Guardian
    Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies Conservative MPs are much more likely to oppose onshore windfarms than the national average of the public, a new poll has found.About four out of five Tory MPs are likely to oppose onshore windfarms in…