Dark clouds threaten solar makers' futureReuters | 16 Oct 2011
In late 2010, solar panel makers were sold out, Germany was gobbling up record numbers of the clean energy systems, and new markets were steadily growing.
Minister wants Germany to drop nuclear extensionReuters | 10 Apr 2011
The German government should scrap its plans to extend nuclear energy by an average of 12 years as a result of the disaster in Japan, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said in an interview published on Sunday.
Green bankers can restore City's reputationGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Such traders can help Britain earn its way in a competitive global economy while supporting the realisation of a greener and more sustainable future. After the events that led to the credit crunch and our current fiscal situation, the last thing people want is more bankers. But what if they were...
The wetter the better for daddy longlegs -- and birdsScienceDaily.com | 06 Apr 2011
Keeping moorland soils wet could prove vital in conserving some of Britain's important upland breeding bird species -- by protecting the humble daddy longlegs, according to new research. In spring, thousands of adult crane-flies (daddy longlegs) emerge from the peat soils of UK mountains and moorland, providing a vital food source for breeding birds, such as Golden Plover, and their chicks.
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...
Germany to phase out nuclear power: deputy ministerReuters | 04 Apr 2011
A German deputy environment minister said the government would phase out all nuclear power in the country before 2020, taking a hard line stance that may not be reflective of the center-right coalition.
Sales of organic products in UK fall by 5.9%Guardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Sales of organic food, drink and textiles fall as producers battle against the downturn in demand, say Soil Association. Sales of organic products have fallen by 5.9% in the UK over the past year as producers continued to battle against the downturn in consumer demand and challenging trading...
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010Reuters | 31 Mar 2011
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation, largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data from the government showed on Thursday.
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.
Spain's financial crisis claims another victim: the solar power industryGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
The Spanish government has slashed its solar power subsidies Spain had one of the world's most ambitious - and generous – plans to boost the amount of electricity it generates from the sun. That dream, for the solar industry at least, has turned sour. Just days before Christmas, the government slashed the level of subsidies that all new and existing photovoltaic (pv) solar projects will receive.
The mystery of the 1993 global warming TV ad - The GuardianGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
You know how it is. You're searching rather aimlessly online when you get distracted by something else entirely only never to return to the thing you were originally searching for. This is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago when searching on ...
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
UK slips down global rankingsGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
The UK is rapidly losing the race to be the global powerhouse of the green economy, while other countries streak ahead in low-carbon technology investment and development, according to rankings published on Tuesday. Last year, the UK slumped from being third in the world in terms of investment in green growth, to only 13th place, according to a report by the respected US Pew Environment Group.
Italy minister: no capacity cap for solar aid: AnsaReuters | 28 Mar 2011
Italy will not set solar power capacity limits under a new incentive scheme but will instead cap the amount of money it intends to spend for incentives, the environment minister was quoted as saying on Monday.
Chernobyl 25 years on: a poisoned landscapeGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
As Japan struggles with its nuclear plant crisis, the site of the biggest atomic disaster in history remains a grim, radioactive monument. Yuri Tatarchuk has a disconcerting way of demonstrating Chernobyl's grim radioactive legacy. An official guide at the wrecked nuclear power plant, he waves his...
Weatherwatch: why the December freeze killed so many shrubs and treesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
A large number of shrubs and trees, some large and mature, appear to have died this winter. These losses are far greater than are usually seen even in Britain's coldest weather and will be a surprise to many gardeners. It seems the December cold snap is responsible. Research during the last century...
Green measures: Carbon price goes up to fund renewablesThe Independent | 24 Mar 2011
Two long-awaited steps towards Britain becoming a low-carbon economy were announced by Mr Osborne: the creation of a Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the establishment of a "floor price" for carbon.