Energy

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary

Ukraine has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Global donors have used the occasion to pledge additional funds to help keep the area safe for generations to come. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko placed flowers at a memorial in Kyiv Tuesday honoring the “Heroes of Chernobyl” following the… Source: Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary | News | DW.COM | 26.04.2016 Read More »

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money

A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system by 2050 is… Source: New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money : Renew Economy Read More »

SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon will this week attempt to boost the SNP’s green credentials by announcing one of the world’s most ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions. Scotland on Sunday can reveal that a commitment to raise Scotland’s 2020 climate target from the current 42 per cent… Source: SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020 – The Scotsman Read More »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines

Producers in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania try to stay afloat as losses mount.. Some of Europe’s last remaining coal producers, in the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, are grasping for government support to keep from going under and taking thousands of jobs with them… Source: Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines – POLITICO Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report

Australia’s oil and gas industry lobby group spent $3 million last year “obstructing” ambitious climate change policy through its advocacy work, according to an assessment by not-for-profit research group InfluenceMap… Source: Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Read More »

Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy

Venezuelan workers will get Fridays off for the next two months as part of an emergency plan to save electricity, the president said. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves but its economy is a mess, with rampant inflation, shortages of goods as basic as soap and toilet paper and constant blackouts… Source: Venezuelans get Fridays off for two months to save energy – AMERICAS Read More »

Energy firms eyeing consortium to carry Israeli gas through Turkey

At least 15 energy companies want to be part of a planned consortium which will carry Israeli gas to Europe via Turkey, according to Turcas CEO Batu Aksoy, who said the first Israeli gas may reach Turkey in the next five years… Source: Energy firms eyeing consortium to carry Israeli gas through Turkey – ENERGY Read More »

Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures

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Tens of thousands were evacuated from the neighbouring city of Pripyat following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Lynn Hilton visits the deserted city – and finds homes, schools and a fairground left to decay… Source: Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship

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Artists, scientists and politicians sign letter to Guardian calling on museum to end ‘out of touch’ partnership with oil firm. Almost 100 prominent figures from the arts, science and politics are calling on the new director of the British Museum to drop BP as a commercial sponsor. In a letter to the Guardian, the museum is urged to abandon the “completely out… Source: Mark Ruffalo among names calling for British Museum to drop BP sponsorship | Culture | The Guardian Read More »

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years… Source: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation Read More »

Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply

European demand for natural gas is likely to increase, but the future of the supply remains uncertain. Whether Russia or the European Union take the lead, whoever builds the best pipeline will secure access to the market for decades to come… Source: Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply · Handelsblatt Global Edition Read More »

Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

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A planned pipeline that would link the gas fields of Azerbaijan to eager European consumers is unlikely to be impacted by the broader, sustained decline in global energy prices, according to a project manager from Greece. Speaking at an energy conference in Athens, Rikard Scoufias – a local manager for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline- stated that the… Source: Global Price Decline Unlikely to Impact Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Forbes Read More »

After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy

After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments… Source: After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy Read More »