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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.
James Smith, Shell's outgoing UK bossGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Chairman James Smith says Shell has had to respond to the global warming challenge. Now is a good time to be running an oil company. Prices are sky-high, energy demand is increasing at an unprecedented rate as the global economy recovers, and there are new markets to be explored. Royal Dutch Shell largely dodged the criticism heaped on the industry after BP's catastrophic oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico, and is delivering golden results to shareholders.
Governments face climate test of resolve at Bangkok talksReuters | 03 Apr 2011
Governments face a test of their pledges to fight climate change next week when almost 200 nations meet in Bangkok to try to build on a modest deal reached last year that includes a new green fund and rising aid.
It's not easy being green... rating white goodsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
Does an A rating really guarantee energy efficiency? On the surface it looks good. Some 95% of dishwashers and 98% of washing machines now claim to be A-rated. Until you realise that for an appliance not to score an A it would need to belch out a visible cloud of soot during every wash. The point of energy ratings for machines is to reduce environmental pressures through better efficiency and to let the consumer make that choice.
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...
Green measures at a glanceGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
From the green investment bank to a carbon floor price - here are the environmental announcements made by the chancellor. Green investment bank. George Osborne confirmed, as the Guardian indicated last week, that the bank will be able to borrow money and raise capital rather than just be a finite...
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.
Greenpeace attacks government's plan to cut carbon emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
Lack of electric car and speed limit proposals in Carbon Plan suggest 'entrenched opposition' from transport officials. Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport. Chris Huhne, the energy and climate...
France extends shale oil, gas exploration ban to JuneReuters | 11 Mar 2011
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon extended a moratorium on research and drilling for shale oil and gas until mid-June, pending reports commissioned by the government to establish their impact on the environment.
Soaring oil price reignites fossil fuel debateGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
As pressure grows on the government to stabilise fuel prices via tax breaks, green campaigners say this may be the ideal time to reduce the UK's dependence on oil and gas. High oil prices are a headache for governments. Ministers are acutely aware that the price at the petrol pump is one of the...
Former Metal Mines Bill 2010-11Epolitix.com | 02 Mar 2011
A Labour MP has proposed legislation to give the Coal Authority responsibility for preventing adverse environmental impacts from former metal mines.
Results of controversial 'fracking' for shale gas in UK will be kept secretGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
The results of the first attempt to extract shale gas in the UK using a controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", will be kept secret for four years, MPs were told on Tuesday. Cuadrilla Resources, a US private equity backed firm, told the energy and climate change...
High Court judge green lights legal challenge over deep sea oil drillingGreenpeace UK | 24 Feb 2011
A High Court Judge has given the green light to a far reaching legal challenge that will have significant implications for the oil industry. The High Court will now review Energy Secretary Chris Huhnes decision to grant oil drilling licenses in deep waters off the Scottish coast.
Target 'black carbon', recommends UNGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Cutting the amount of soot we pour into the atmosphere, and emissions of methane from agriculture, would be one of the most powerful ways to tackle climate change, a new report from the United Nations environment programme (Unep) has concluded. Preventing "black carbon" - particles of soot from industry and cooking fires – from polluting the air would help to cut global warming by as much as 0.5C, and reduce warming in the Arctic by about two thirds by 2030.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
BP puts package of UK oil, gas assets on saleReuters | 22 Feb 2011
BP PLC plans to sell all its stakes in gas fields it operates in the southern North Sea, including the pipeline network and the Dimlington receiving terminal, by the end of 2011, the company said on Tuesday.
Green economy needs 2% of every nation's income, says UNGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Global green investment drive 'would pay off in terms of jobs, cleaner air and energy use' Obama, Hu Jintao and big business back call for every country to contribute. The United Nations will call on Monday for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost...
Response: We don't need to de-industrialise to meet our emissions targetsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
Investing in a low-carbon economy will create growth and keep Europe competitive. In your article on the debate over reducing European greenhouse gas emissions, EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger is right to insist: "Look at our deficit - we need growth, and we need more industry" (EU energy...