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Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Delegates Accused of ‘Fiddling’ While the Planet Burns

A tame end to climate talks in Bonn, Germany, leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading for a binding agreement aimed at stopping global warming.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



Overheating Earth Staggers Into Last Chance Saloon

Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilization from ultimate collapse.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Green City Vancouver Offers Clean Alternative to Tar Sands Boom

Canada has been dubbed an international disgrace for its climate change policies, but now one of its major cities is aiming to be the greenest in the world by 2020.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Seas Generate a Rising Tide of Ideas on Renewables

The E.U. says it’s time for tides to provide energy for Europe from the Atlantic and end reliance on the burning of polluting fossil fuels.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Flood Risk to Nuclear Sites Raises Meltdown Fears

Sea level rise, storm surges and bursting dams all pose an increasing danger to nuclear power stations as the climate changes.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Storage Would Play Major Role in a Green Future

As the battle to phase out fossil fuels heats up, finding economically viable ways to store surplus electric power is becoming vital.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Unfinished Nuclear Plants Raise Safety Doubts

A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Unhappy 21st Birthday for the U.K.’s Nuclear White Elephants

A state-of-the-art British plant intended to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by reusing spent nuclear fuel will close after years of what critics call “commercial and technical failure.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



Eyes in the Sky See Seas Rising Alarmingly Faster

Scientists analysing sophisticated satellite data warn that rises in sea level more rapid than expected are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Earth at Risk in New Epoch Ruled by Destructive Humans

Scientists warn that our fate is in our own hands as humans now control almost every aspect of the planet, on a scale akin to the great forces of nature.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



Fertilizers Help Toxic Algae Thrive in Warming World

Scientists warn that excessive use of fertilizers, combined with warmer water in lakes, threatens to poison drinking water supplies.

Posted on Mar 13, 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



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



Climate’s Threat to Wheat Is Rising by Degrees

Worldwide field trials show that just one degree of warming could slash wheat yields by 42 million tonnes and cause devastating shortages of this vital staple food.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



Nuclear Dream Is Fading as Wind and Solar Soar

Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, but it looks to be an unhappy new year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



Professors Plead With Greens to Accept Nuclear Power

Academics argue that nuclear power is essential to save the planet from climate change, but critics say they seem to have forgotten the danger of a nuclear winter.

Posted on Dec 26, 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



Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse

Doubts that the biggest construction project in Europe will get the final go-ahead from the UK government leave the European nuclear industry facing a struggle for survival.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Slayings Turn Spotlight on Peru’s Forest Policies

The killing of tribal leaders trying to defend their Amazon rainforest lands from illegal logging has put Peru’s president under pressure ahead of next month’s U.N. climate conference.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



EU Plans Power Supergrid to Boost Renewables

The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all its 28 member states to one electricity grid.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Veteran Green Says Emissions Aren’t the Only Danger

Forty years ago, climate change was not even on the agenda of green campaigners—but now a veteran of those pioneering days speaks out about the danger of neglecting other issues that threaten the planet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 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



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



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



Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil—despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE



Boom-or-Doom Riddle for Nuclear Industry

The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future, despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables increasingly compete to fill the energy gap.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE



Waste Problems Still Haunt Nuclear Option

The recent closure of five U.S. nuclear power stations is forcing the industry—seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change—to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal with radioactive waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Companies Take Trillion Dollar Gamble

Oil companies are using investors’ money on high-risk extraction projects based on the dubious belief that oil prices will go on rising, and with little regard for climate change factors.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Soil May Absorb Less CO2 Than Thought

Soil slows global warming by absorbing some climate-heating carbon dioxide—but not as much as scientists presumed, new research shows.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



Round-the-Clock Solar Power Is Here

Solar power has suffered from one serious drawback: there are times when there is no sunshine to provide it. Now that is changing.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



Space Technology Aids Water Power

One of the most modern technologies, satellite imagery, is helping to exploit one of the greenest and most traditional—water power.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE



Enough Uranium, but Nuclear Power Is Still Shrinking

The world is not short of uranium for its nuclear power stations, an Australian researcher argues. But more and more greenhouse gases are emitted in extracting the ore.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



Potential of Non Fossil Fuel Foams

Fossil fuel based foams used to insulate buildings and provide safe packaging could be replaced by materials derived from wood.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Is That a Reactor In Your Pocket?

Small reactors in kit form, designed with an emphasis on safety, are the latest idea aimed at reviving the fortunes of the nuclear industry.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Amazon Forest Loss Threatens Five Countries

The environmental damage being caused by deforestation in the Amazon is a threat to much of the South American continent, two campaign groups say.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Giant ‘Battery’ Ensures Renewable Energy Supply

Scandinavian researchers say they have devised a scheme to link wind and hydropower in a unified system that would ensure a constant energy supply.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 12: All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

As the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw tottered through their unplanned final day the exhausted delegates found room for enough compromises to keep the process moving ahead—slowly.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 12: Too Little Too Late to Save the Planet

Two weeks of sometimes rancorous and seldom conclusive negotiations are drawing toward a close at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, with little to show for all the effort.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 6: Prepare Now for 4°C Rise

Delegates to the climate conference in Poland have been told that the United Nations believes global average temperatures will rise by double the agreed safety limit.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 5: Dismay as Japan Abandons Greenhouse Targets

Japan’s decision to allow its greenhouse gas emissions to rise significantly has dismayed delegates at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Cosmic Rays Add Little to Climate Change

Cosmic rays and solar activity can account for only a very small part of global warming, researchers have found, rebutting a theory often advanced by climate deniers.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Green Climate Fund ‘Can Power Poor’

A new funding idea for developing countries could provide the renewable electricity output equivalent of 100 new coal plants by 2020.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


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