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  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Breitling Energy's Telegraph advert 'misled the public'The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe.Breitling Energy's advertisement…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Network brings forward scheme to cope with potential electricity supply issues at nuclear, gas, coal and oil power stationsNational Grid has called on electricity suppliers to declare how much spare capacity they could muster to cover peak times either side of Christmas highlighting the possibility of…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Does the EU really want to ban powerful electrical appliances? Despite what the tabloid papers think, it's actually about getting designers to come up with energy-efficient appliancesAs someone who must admit to being still something of a beginner when it comes to buying (and using) vacuum cleaners, the…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    A round-up of the news, highlights and announcements from the second day of the annual water conference in Stockholm The highlight of World Water Week day two was the Africa Focus sessions. Discussion points included the state and scale of hydropower, transboundary water management and the declining…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes A gas which can power cars and heat homes has been made using a renewable process for the first time.Propane, which makes up the bulk component of liquefied natural gas (LPG), has previously only ever been produced from fossil…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Although market information and long-term impacts remain unknown, a biofuel byproduct can store carbon and enhance soil quality and its market is growing despite higher costsNapa Valley grower Eckhard Kaesekamp is very pleased with a certain group of around 20,000 grapevines he has been nurturing. Their…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    The oil company has filed plans for offshore drilling but past safety blunders and operational failings in the region make it a high cost, high risk ventureShell gave its clearest signal to date that the company will seek to resurrect its hitherto ill-fated US offshore Arctic drilling programme. In filing…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Report says 45-day fire at Hazelwood could have been put out much quicker were it not for companys minimal complianceThe Hazelwood coalmine fire was entirely foreseeable, could have been put out more quickly and its impact greatly reduced if the operator GDF Suez had not taken a minimal compliance attitude…
  • 02 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Senators will vote against Coalitions plan to hand the states decision-making powers over development projects The governments plan to hand environmental approvals to the states for projects such as coal mines and ports is set to be blocked in the Senate by the Palmer United party.Clive Palmer has confirmed…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    New EU rules on vacuum cleaners will not harm people with dust allergies as your correspondent (Letters, 25 August) suggests. The new rules supported by most manufacturers and agreed by national governments will not mean vacuum cleaners picking up less dust or extended vacuuming time. And they include…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    A round-up of the news, highlights and announcements from the first day of the annual water conference in Stockholm As World Water Week gets going Stockholm, heres the first of our daily round-ups. The water and energy sectors speak different languages. Energy has an economic perspective, whereas water…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Narendra Modis government pleads to exempt 46 illegal licences arguing total shutdown will cripple the power sectorThe Indian government has urged the countrys supreme court to allow 46 illegally granted coal licenses to continue to operate.The court is considering what action to take in the Coalgate…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Does a focus on access and affordability detract from the question of rights? Join our debate 4 September, 1-3pm BSTIn 2010 the United Nations recognised access to clean water as a human right. The declaration, an acknowledgment of the importance of water to many aspects of human development. But support…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Rising energy costs and the unpopular Triad charge could force manufacturers out of the UK, but there is a solutionThe UKs industrial heritage is written into the fabric of the nation: from the chimney stacks of tin mines dotted across Cornwall, to the soot-stained buildings of the Black Country, down…
  • 01 Sep 2014 - The Guardian
    Government could achieve so much, like investment in tidal or solar tech. But the parties offer only petty measuresThe interesting thing about energy policy, as it comes into focus for the start of manifesto season, is that it gives each party the chance to be dreadful in its own unique way. The Conservatives…