UK Goes Record-Breaking 1,838 Hours Coal-Free Already This Year

The UK has gone a record-breaking 1,838 hours without using coal to generate electricity already this year. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has highlighted that 2018’s record of 1837.5 coal-free hours has been broken only slightly more than six months of the way through 2019. It …

Greenpeace Protestors Board North Sea Oil Rig in Protest Against BP

Greenpeace climate activists have boarded an oil rig being towed out to the North Sea to protest against continued fossil fuel exploration. Two campaigners climbed onto the 27,000-tonne platform from a boat as it was being taken out of the Cromarty Firth – they did so in protest against BP’s …

Methane Emissions from US Industry ‘100 Times Higher Than Reported’

Methane emissions from US industry are up to 100 times higher than commonly reported. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund, who used a Google Street View car equipped with a methane detector to measure the concentration of the potent greenhouse gas in …

Clean Energy Transition ‘Will Be Harder and Costlier Without Nuclear’

The transition to a clean energy economy will be much harder and more costly without nuclear power. That’s according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which suggests four billion tonnes of additional carbon emissions could be generated if the proportion of power produced by nuclear resources …

Norway Approves Extension to Giant Oil Field

Authorities in Norway have formally approved the development and operation of the second phase of the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field. Developer Equinor says the extension to the field, with planned start-up in 2022, will increase production from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels per day. Johan …

Cambridge University Agrees to Explore Fossil Fuel Divestment Plan

The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has welcomed an “urgent change” by Cambridge University, after it agreed to provide fully costed plans setting out how it could divest multibillion-pound endowments from fossil fuel corporations. The university’s management accepted a motion, known as a grace, which urged Cambridge to “set …

ExxonMobil Signs Deal to Explore 28,000 sq km in Offshore Namibia

ExxonMobil has signed a deal for new oil and gas exploration across 28,000 square kilometres in Namibia. The energy giant made the agreement with the Namibian Government and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) for blocks 1710, 1810, 1711 and 1811A – it plans to begin exploration activities, such …