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Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

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Prices Fail to Reflect Fossil Fuels’ Real Costs

The price that consumers pay for fossil fuels is appreciably lower than the true cost to society, U.S. researchers say. However, solar power and wind power are much cheaper than they might seem.

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To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

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Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

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Seeing Is Believing as Scientists Trace Greenhouse Effect

High-precision field instruments in the U.S. have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2 on global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



New Ideas Give an Energy Boost to Wave Power

Scientists and engineers in Scandinavia reveal plans to harness the huge potential of waves to produce commercially viable renewable energy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Low Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Fracking Industry

Some North Dakota companies have shut down 40 percent of their operations as plummeting oil prices render the industry far less viable than during the boom of the past five years.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



Asia Moves Into the Forefront of Solar Revolution

China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power as the industry becomes one of the fastest growing in the world.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change

One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Coal Casts Cloud Over Germany’s Energy Revolution

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables last year, but critics say CO2 reduction targets can’t be met unless it closes coal-burning power stations.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Record Temperatures Underline Danger to Planet

As statistics confirm that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, leading scientists say climate change trends are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Social Costs Bolster Case for Emissions Curbs

Scientists in the U.S. estimate that economic damage caused by CO2 could be six times higher than the figure used to guide current energy regulations.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Carbon Counterattack

Instead of retreating from a moral assault that portrays them as the enemies of humankind, the major oil, gas and coal companies have gone on the offensive, extolling their contributions to human progress and minimizing the potential for renewables to replace fossil fuels in just about any imaginable future.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Vast Reserves of Fossil Fuels Should Be Left Untapped

Researchers have identified the major producers of coal, gas and oil that stand to lose most financially if agreement is reached on radical cuts needed to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Investment Falters as Fossil Fuels Face ‘Perfect Storm’

Increasing oil production but falling demand is creating big problems for the fossil fuel industry as some investors are now turning away from the sector.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Talks Take a Rocky Road to Paris

The U.N. climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Won’t Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars

Some observers have alleged that lower oil prices will slow down the green energy revolution.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Debate Heats Up on Risk of Frozen Fossil Fuel Assets

Investors are wondering whether putting money into fossil fuels makes sense—and the same question is now being asked by heavy hitters in the banking industry.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Plea for South Asia to Unite In Fight Against Climate Risks

South Asia, one of the world’s most populous and disaster-prone regions, faces dire impacts from climate change. So why are its nations not working together to tackle the many shared threats they face?

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



Science Offers New View of Hopes for Human Survival

Astrophysicists say questions about the sustainability of civilization on our high-tech planet may soon be answered scientifically as a result of new data about the Earth and other planets in its galaxy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Science Panel Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out This Century

The destabilization of the climate will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on humans and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, the most important assessment of global warming yet published says.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Boom Prompts U.S. to Push for Crude Exports

America’s expanding oil production threatens the pristine Pacific Northwest region of the country with a rash of new oil terminals along the coast.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



Scientists Refute Lower Emissions Claim for Fracking

As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



Outlook Palls for Fossil Fuel Investments

Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and gas.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



World of Clean Energy ‘Feasible’ by Mid-Century

International researchers, in what they believe is the most comprehensive global assessment of clean energy’s potential, report that a low-carbon system could supply the world’s electricity needs by 2050.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE


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Hotter Oceans Explain Global Warming ‘Pause’

Far more heat than suspected is being absorbed by the oceans’ top layer, scientists have found, but a study has uncovered little evidence of rising warmth at greater depths.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Record CO2 Levels Fuel Urgent Calls for Emissions Cuts

The alarming message from international scientists to political leaders meeting at Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York is that record global CO2 emissions this year mean “delaying action is not an option.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables

A report published ahead of Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit illustrates that poor and prosperous nations, tiny islands and great cities, can satisfy all their energy needs from renewables.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Fuels Conflict Over Water Resources

Limited water supplies near the richest oil and gas reserves accessible through fracking threaten to create tensions that could block future projects using the controversial extraction process.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Top 20 Oil Projects Put Investors’ Billions at Risk

An oil industry think tank warns that high-cost extraction projects failing to match oil demand with global emissions reduction targets could waste $91 billion of investors’ money over the next decade.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 READ MORE



Tar Oil Pipeline’s Hidden Pollution Danger

European researchers say a 2,000-mile pipeline designed to carry controversial tar sands oil from Canada to the southern U.S. may lead to much more pollution than previously calculated.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Norway Fails to Tap New Arctic Oil and Gas

The Norwegian company conducting some of the most northerly drilling operations in the world acknowledges that it has failed so far to find commercially exploitable hydrocarbon reserves in the high Arctic.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


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