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local government, city residents can actually address poor air quality, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

27 Jul 15 - The visit last week of 65 mayors to the Vatican to discuss climate change, among other things, reflects the central role of cities in debates that for too long took place only at the global and national level.

Norway pumps up 'green battery' plan for Europe

Dams create huge reservoirs for hydropower plants in Norway.

27 Jul 15 - Norway is hoping to become the “green battery of Europe” by using its hydropower plants to provide instant extra electricity if production from wind and solar power sources in other countries fade.

Big money in reforming fossil fuel subsidies

27 Jul 15 - Reforming fossil fuel subsidies could release enough money to finance universal access to water, sanitation, and electricity in many countries, as well as helping to cut global greenhouse-gas emissions, new research in Nature Climate Change suggests.

Recession cut US emissions, not falling coal use

A coal-fired power plant located on a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona.

27 Jul 15 - Between 2007 and 2013 emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels burnt in the US fell significantly − by about 11% − and many analysts credited this to ac hange from coal to natural gas in electricity production.

Japan signs up for geothermal classes

20 Jul 15 - New Zealand and Japan will work together on geothermal energy research.

EPA Clean Power Plan reenergises US climate policy debate

20 Jul 15 - For the first time this United States summer, the nation’s fleet of existing power plants will face limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

Don't ignore us, bioenergy lobby tells Government

Rob Mallinson ... huge potential.

13 Jul 15 - The Government is ignoring the potential for emissions reduction from renewable heat energy, the Bioenergy Association says.


Fossil fuel firms fail to report climate risks

A fossil fuel 'dinosaur' at a divestment campaign protest in Oxford.

13 Jul 15 - Fossil fuel companies operating in the UK are accused by a financial monitoring group of a “staggering” disregard for their obligation to acknowledge the risks which climate change poses to them and...

Science breaks new ground in converting coal ash from pollutant to useful products

What fly ash looks like after being stored in an ash dam.

13 Jul 15 - South Africa has large coal reserves. It mainly burns coal to produce electricity at 13 existing coal-burning power plants, situated mainly in Mpumalanga, a province in the country’s east.

Tesla batteries might power your home but stored fuels will still run the country

Each lump is an effective – if dirty – primary battery.

6 Jul 15 - Although Tesla’s Powerwall battery storage is likely to be a disruptive force for electrical energy systems around the world, it is not going to supplant the major forms of electrical energy storage...

It looks like carbon capture is going down down the tubes

Hopes that CCS can rescue power plants like Satpura in India remain illusory so far

6 Jul 15 - One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change which its supporters believe could enable the world to continue to burn fossil fuels looks likely to be a failure.

Indian developer might junk giant Australian coal project

29 Jun 15 - India’s Adani Group is likely to withdraw from the $16 billion Australian coal mining project, touted as the world's largest, due to concerns over softening international coal prices, relentless...

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach

Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

29 Jun 15 - A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

29 Jun 15 - Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels.

How Rwanda’s clinics have gone off-grid and on to renewable energy

Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.

29 Jun 15 - Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for...

EcoStore pioneer is still setting the pace after 20 years

Malcolm Rands ... new normal.

15 Jun 15 - When he started, people thought EcoStore founder Malcolm Rands was mad for tying his business up in tight ethical standards.

European power is slipping away from King Coal

Indications are that the new coal-burning Moorburg plant in Hamburg will struggle to recover its €3 billion cost.

15 Jun 15 - Coal, the muscle that for two centuries powered Europe’s economic dominance of the world, is steadily losing its grip as cleaner fuels take its place and energy efficiency cuts electricity...

Could one million smart pool pumps store renewable energy better than giant batteries?

Lots of wind blowing – often at night when there’s little demand for power.

15 Jun 15 - As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind?

China sets the pace in solar installations

15 Jun 15 - China will remain the world’s largest market for annual solar photovoltaic installations, a new report says.


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Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Artificial grass goes green

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