Energy

Japan's renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment

As the country rushes to cut carbon emissions by 26%, campaigners worry that forests and wildlife are being trampledThe tens of thousands of solar panels resting on the surface of the Yamakura dam reservoir have finally begun to earn their keep.This float

Energy

Balkan dam projects could result in loss of one in 10 European fish species

Exclusive: Plans for a network of hydropower plants in three countries would cause ‘chain reaction’ for endangered species, report warnsNearly one in 10 of Europe’s fish species will be pushed to the brink of extinction by a constellation of hydropo

Energy

Great Australian Bight deserves world heritage protection – Greens

Party announces it will campaign for application to be made to Unesco in bid to stop drillingThe Greens have launched a campaign to give the Great Australian Bight world heritage protection – but such a move would need the government’s support. The pa

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Amazon coral reef would be ruined by planned oil drilling, scientists say

The 56,000 sq km reef is thought to contain dozens of undiscovered species, in an area where a French company intents to drill for oilScientists aboard a Greenpeace ship have discovered a massive and unique coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon, in an a

Energy

Demand for cooling predicted to outstrip heating as Earth warms

Energy use for air conditioning, refrigeration and other cooling appliances expected to jump 90% on 2017 levelsA burgeoning middle class and a warming world will result in energy demand for cooling overtaking that for heating by the middle of the century,

Energy

Don't believe the hype on natural gas. It's a fossil fuel just like coal | Fiona Stanley, Graeme Pearman & Richard Yin

The scale of growth of Australia’s natural gas industry is inconsistent with our Paris commitmentsAustralia is currently aggressively developing its natural gas resource. By the end of 2018, it is likely to overtake Qatar as the world’s largest liquif

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Northern Territory lifts fracking ban, opening up 700,000 sq km to gas exploration

First exploration fracking expected next year but national parks and conservation areas will be protectedThe Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territory’s land m

Energy

Who’s defending Canada’s national interest? First Nations facing down a pipeline | Martin Lukacs

Justin Trudeau is bailing out a Texas oil billionaire. He should be bailing out Canada’s workers and the climate.Last Saturday, Indigenous leaders stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline worksite in Burnaby, British Columbia

Energy

Coalition considers letting power companies buy offsets to cut emissions

Tony Abbott argues offsets are carbon trading but government says it could include them in energy guaranteeThe Turnbull government is hedging its bets on whether to allow energy companies to buy offsets to comply with their new 26% emissions reduction tar

Energy

UK government criticised for 'shocking' inaction on insulating draughty homes

Citizens Advice says silence on energy efficiency plans will mean households lose outThe government’s failure to take action on insulating draughty homes has been criticised by the statutory body for energy consumers. Related: Smart systems key to futur

Energy

'Cash-for-ash' inquiry: Arlene Foster says she regrets spiralling costs

DUP leader says she believes Sinn Féin protests over RHI costs were an excuse to bring down power-sharing executiveNorthern Ireland’s former first minister Arlene Foster has told the inquiry into the green energy scheme that resulted in the collapse of

Energy

New satellite to spot planet-warming industrial methane leaks

Multimillion dollar project will scan and make public methane leaks from oil and gas plants that are a major contributor to global warming Methane leaking from oil and gas facilities around the world – a major contributor to global warming – is set to

Energy

Clean energy financier invests $150m in infrastructure fund to lower emissions

Move by CEFC designed to drive emissions reductions across Australia’s airports, ports and electricity infrastructure assetsThe Clean Energy Finance Corporation is investing $150m in Australia’s largest infrastructure fund to drive emissions reduction

Energy

EDF warns of delays at Flamanville nuclear power station in France

Experts fear UK’s planned Hinkley plant will face similar budget and deadline problems EDF Energy has warned that a flagship nuclear power station it is building in France could run further behind schedule and over budget, after it detected faults at th

Energy

Linc Energy guilty of causing serious environmental harm

Water in Queensland’s Darling Downs was polluted so much it was unfit for stock, court hearsA failed Queensland energy company has been found guilty of causing serious environmental harm by polluting the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants despite

Energy

Abandoned collieries could hold key to heating UK homes

Geologists aim to tap reservoir in tunnels under GlasgowScientists are finalising plans to exploit the vast reservoir of warm water that fills a labyrinth of disused mines and porous rock layers underneath Glasgow. They believe this subterranean store of

Energy

Fight the power of the frackers by changing energy supplier | Letters

Howard Hardman suggests dumping the big six to stop the drilling; Austen Lynch says Lancashire’s fracking wells won’t provide much of an energy dividend; Neil Anderson on France’s tidal power station successThe news from Lancashire (Fracking firm Cu

Energy

You don't have to be a climate science denier to join the Monash coal forum, but it helps | Graham Readfearn

The Coalition’s backbench group of coal fans have a history of attacking climate scienceThere seems to be three rules for membership of the Coalition’s new backbench Monash Forum that wants taxpayer subsidies for new coal fired power stations.Firstly,

Energy

Why are unions so keen on nuclear jobs? | Letters

Andy Stirling and Phil Johnstone reply to criticism of their analysis of the government’s infatuation with nuclear powerThanks to Mike Clancy (Letters, 2 April) for responding to our analysis that intense UK government attachments to civil nuclear

Energy

Shell threatened with legal action over climate change contributions

Friends of the Earth demands the oil firm move away from fossil fuels to comply with Paris dealThe global flurry of legal campaigns against “big oil” has widened, with Royal Dutch Shell being threatened with legal action unless it steps up efforts to

Energy

Terrawatch: scientists turn to drones to find raw materials

In Germany, scientists are using drones equipped with sensors to locate metals needed for wind turbines and solar panelsWe know that renewable energy can help the world to wean itself off fossil fuels, but keeping up with green-energy demand is creating a

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