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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.
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...
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...
Oil price hits two and a half year highGuardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Libyan unrest and Opec chair Iran's refusal to sanction production increases pushes US crude to $108.74. The oil price has hit its highest level since the financial crisis, amid continuing supply fears over the conflict in Libya and renewed optimism about global economic growth. The cost of a barrel of Brent crude, sourced from the North Sea, hit $119.95 on Monday, its highest level since August 2008.US crude rose to $108.74 on Monday morning, its highest level since September 2008.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
Osborne's plans are disaster for the environmentGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Green bank is the government's biggest budget test. The "greenest government ever" has delivered the blackest budget in living memory. It provides a roaring incentive to use more oil, just as we might be heading towards an oil crisis. It has given the green light to the aviation industry to keep expanding, despite the government's promise to limit its impact. It has made a mockery of green investment.
The key green announcements to watch forGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
It's make or break time for some of the coalition's biggest environmental policies including the totemic green investment bank. Plus: a possible windfall for nuclear power "If I become chancellor, the Treasury will become a green ally, not a foe." Those were the brave words spoken by George Osborne in opposition, before he'd met the stony-faced officials. Now he has to deliver.
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...
Letters: Another rod to beat the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
It's hardly a surprise that building nuclear power stations on seismic fault lines, as Japan has done, turns out to be a foolish thing. The Fukushima disaster may mean meltdown or worse, but what it will certainly mean is extra expense (Disaster in Japan, 14 March). Nuclear has always been an expensive white elephant. UK taxpayers subsidise nuclear to the tune of £1bn a year.
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.
Green investment bank 'must be able to borrow'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
Green economy is at risk if the bank cannot attract private sector investors, a cross-party committee of MPs have warned. The government is putting the UK's fledgling green economy at risk by downgrading the "green investment bank" to a mere fund, MPs have warned in a scathing report on the plans....
EU urges efficiency spend to curb fuel costsReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Europe must invest heavily in efficiency to limit spiraling energy costs and beat its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
'Oil prices make the case for green economy'Guardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Climate and energy secretary says an oil price of $100 a barrel transforms the economics of climate change. Britain is facing a 1970s-style oil price shock that could cost the UK economy £45bn over two years, the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhne, is expected to warn in his first...
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...