Global Carbon Emissions Rise for First Time Since 2014

Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy increased for the first time in 2017 after three years of remaining flat, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Thursday, meaning the world remains far off course in curbing planet warming emissions. Carbon emissions reached a record-high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017 due to …

Government Floats Proposals to Phase Out Coal and Oil Heating from 2020s

The government has launched a Call for Evidence on its plans to phase out high-carbon fossil fuel heating systems, such as coal fires and oil burners, over the next decade. In a document released yesterday the government offered more detail on its plans to halt the installation of oil and …

Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for ‘First Degree Murder’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next mission: taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.” The actor and former governor of California said in a Politico-sponsored podcast at the SXSW festival in Austin that he is in talks with law firms about possibly suing global oil companies “for …

A $320 Million Ice Wall Still Can’t Contain Radioactive Water Near Fukushima

Last year, Japan’s central government completed a 35 billion yen (approximately $320 million) underground ice wall. Over 38 meters (100 feet) deep and nearly 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long, the structure is meant to stop groundwater from mixing with the radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which …

‘The Beginning of the End of Coal’: Chile Unveils Coal Phase Out Plan

The global push to phase out unabated coal power chalked up a major victory this week, as Chile announced it would ban the development of new coal power plants without carbon capture and storage (CCS) and begin work on a plan to phase out its existing coal capacity. The country’s …

Report: Small Modular Reactors Vital for Low-Carbon Transition

The government should press ahead with plans to develop small-scale nuclear technology, according to a new Policy Exchange report which argues nuclear power will be vital for achieving a fully decarbonised electricity grid. The paper, which will be released today, argues a surge in electricity demand from electric vehicles (EVs), …

‘My Priority’: Macron Promises to Use Nuclear and Renewables to Deliver Emissions Cuts

Fresh from the success of hosting the One Planet Summit in Paris last week, French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday underscored his commitment to decarbonising the country’s energy system. In an interview with broadcaster France 2, Macron said nuclear and renewables would remain the key planks of the country’s emission reduction …