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Shale gas stirs ecology fears in South Africa's KarooReuters | 08 Apr 2011
South Africa's Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country's energy problems -- but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.
Government's own solar project scrappedGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
The government has cancelled its own flagship solar energy project because the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) proposed cuts to solar feed-in tariff incentives will make the scheme unviable. That is the charge from "stakeholders" who contributed to a Whitehall project to assess the...
Send us your ideas for stopping radiation leaksGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
We're looking for your views on the best ways to make the plant safe again. The latest ideas to prevent the escape of radiation from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are to discharge 11,500 tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific and plug leaks with an absorbent polymer mixed with sawdust and shredded newspaper.
Letters: Vanished landscapeGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
Surely Jane Austen would recognise a remarkable change to the landscape of the South Downs since her time (Report, 1 April)? Natural history writers such as WH Hudson would be devastated by it. Grazing of these hills for thousands of years had produced an open landscape providing the freedom to...
Lambing season begins - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 03 Apr 2011
Up to 300 ewes are lambing at Barracks Farm in Fetcham, Surrey. The farm is owned by the Conisbee family who supply their own butchers shops in nearby Horsley. The business has been run by generations of the family for more than 250 years.
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
Rolling with London's bin menGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
How will spending cuts affect recycling targets and staff? Heydon Prowse meets bin men working in Westminster Heydon Prowse.
British nuclear industry needs overhaul before it can expand, says top scientistGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Sir David King says industry is geared towards decommissioning and must be restructured if coalition's plans are to go ahead. The UK's nuclear industry is in no shape to cope with a large-scale reactor building programme and must be overhauled if the coalition wants to push ahead with its nuclear...
Letters: Weighing up the cost of nuclear powerGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Nuclear power is unsafe because the consequences of any accident are so dire. Despite George Monbiot's perverse conclusion (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying about nuclear power and love it, 22 March), the disaster at Fukushima has so far caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people, the...
EU to subject nuclear reactors to "stress tests"Reuters | 25 Mar 2011
European leaders agreed on Friday to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to "stress tests," to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
Budget 2011: Zero carbon homes plan 'watered down'Guardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Osborne accused of bowing to pressure from housebuilders' lobby after relaxing targets ahead of 2016 deadline. The government has been accused of caving in to pressure from the housebuilding lobby by relaxing the criteria aimed at making all new homes "zero carbon" by 2016. Tucked away in an appendix to the budget was an announcement that carbon emissions produced by cooking and electrical appliances such as televisions were to be excluded from the definition.
Budget 2011: Osborne's green bank attacked from all sidesGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Business leaders, campaigners and investors slam chancellor's flagship green policy due to its limited borrowing powers. Business leaders, campaigners and investors slammed George Osborne's flagship green policy on Wednesday, reacting angrily to his decision to severely limit the powers of the new green investment bank. The bank - to be funded with £1bn from taxpayers and up to £2bn from sales of government assets – is the centrepiece of ministers' claims to be "the greenest government ever".
Budget 2011: Osborne poised to ditch CCS levyGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
FT reports suggest budget will scrap plans for carbon capture levy in favour of electricity market reforms. Chancellor George Osborne is tomorrow expected to confirm that plans for a new levy on energy bills that should help fund three carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects will be ditched....
George Osborne must deliver a green budgetGuardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
The chancellor must not bow to Treasury orthodoxy when it comes to the measures needed to build a green economy. When defending its deficit reduction strategy, the coalition government is quick to point out that it is a reforming government and not just about cuts. But this radical zeal seems to...
GlaxoSmithKline boss: firms shouldn't quit Britain for tax reasonsGuardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
GSK chief executive Andrew Witty warns that drive for profits is undermining public trust in big companiesThe head of Britain's biggest drugs manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has delivered a stinging attack on companies that shift their headquarters abroad in search of lower taxes, declaring that it is "completely wrong" for businesses to view themselves as "mid-Atlantic floating entities" with no connection to society.
MP raises concerns about wood sustainabilityEpolitix.com | 16 Mar 2011
Last week's announcement on the Renewable Heat Incentive was an attempt to turn attention to decarbonising the heat sector. However, it has serious ramifications for the forest industries, introducing another incentive for biomass energy generation - largely produced from wood in the UK.
David Cameron's comments on nuclear emergency in Japan - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 16 Mar 2011
Responding to comments today by Prime Minister David Cameron, and to continuing events in Japan, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: The focus now for everybody should be on saving lives in Japan, and our thoughts in particular are with the heroic engineers working to reduce the impact of this nuclear accident.
Letters: Europe, Japan and energy optionsGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
The EU commission's 2050 low-carbon road map released last week needs to raise Europe's sights beyond its current 2020 emission reduction targets (Report, 7 March). While the EU has agreed that emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by the middle of the century, it has not so far set out how to...
Justice Department to set up oil spill probe task forceReuters | 07 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said on Monday that it will create a single task force to oversee all aspects of its criminal investigation into last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.