In praise of ... maize | EditorialGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
One of the world's most successful food crops, maize could also prevent greenhouse emissions from flatulent cowsIt has a ring to it, but that is the only sound the world will hope to hear from the latest use for one of the world's most successful staple foods. Research at Reading University has found that increasing maize silage in the diet of cattle reduces the flatulence which accompanies their gentle rumination of the cud.
Nitrogen footprint warning from European agencyGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
New study says nitrogen pollution costs every person in Europe £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife. Nitrogen pollution is costing every person in Europe up to £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife, a study warns. Scientists behind the research said nitrogen was needed as fertiliser to help feed a growing world population - but suggested that eating less meat could reduce the amount of pollution caused by agriculture.
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.
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.
Gas emissions reduced by changing farm animal diet says studyGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Research shows how to reduce the amount of methane produced by cows and sheep belching and breaking wind. A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a study has said. Government funded research aimed at helping farmers cut their contribution to climate...
Aircraft contrails stoke warming, cloud formationReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Aircraft condensation trails criss-crossing the sky may be warming the planet on a normal day more than the carbon dioxide emitted by all planes since the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903, a study said on Tuesday.
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.
Diet may reduce farm flatulenceYahoo! News | 29 Mar 2011
A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions a study has said.
Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planYahoo! News | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planReuters | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes, but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
Haven't we had 'global cooling' lately?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
The planet did cool slightly from the 1940s to the 1970s, mainly in the northern hemisphere and most likely a result of the post-war boom in industrial aerosol pollutants that bounce sunlight away from the Earth. Despite a flurry of 1970s media reports on an imminent ice age, there was never anything approaching a scientific consensus on the likelihood of further cooling, and it appears that greenhouse warming has long since eclipsed the mid-century cool spell.
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".
EU emissions trading: the cap that does not fitGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
Markets that trade carbon pollution permits are meant to cut emissions. So why did the carbon dioxide vented in 2010 under Europe's scheme go up? An update on the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme and just how loose the cap on emissions is now, following the economic crash ...The latest analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that last year, carbon emissions from the energy, steel, concrete and manufacturing facilities in the ETS rose by an estimated 1.8%.
Not so green now when it comes to the low-carbon revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
What better way for the government to celebrate its new low-carbon revolution than overseeing a major renewable energy scheme for a highly successful factory producing some of the latest fuel-efficient cars? A win-win for the UK, you might think, with the potential for the country to become an exporter of the very latest in hybrid petrol/electric vehicles from a Toyota plant powered by the sun.
Investor confidence in renewables boostedGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
Shares in renewable energy sources rocket as public and investors recoil from nuclear. As Japan's nuclear crisis unfolds, energy and environmental experts said that investor confidence in the technology was already beginning to wane, with renewable energy and fossil fuels the likely beneficiaries. "Shares in renewable energy industries yesterday rose while most other energy stocks fell," said Clare Brook, fund manager of leading green investment group, WHEB, in London.
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...
Chris Huhne gets European support to toughen EU climate targetsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
Six other governments agree to join push for target of 30% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Chris Huhne has won the support of six other European governments to push for a toughening of the EU's climate targets, to be discussed in Brussels on Monday. The energy and climate secretary is...
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.