Low-Carbon Policy ‘Less Vital than Low Energy Bills and Security’

Ministers should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report. Subsidy-backed growth in renewable energy projects, such as windfarms, has deterred the construction of new …

End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020, Insurers and Investors Tell G20

A coalition of 16 leading investors and insurers, including Aviva Investors, Aegon Asset Management and Legal & General, have today urged G20 nations to halt all subsidies for fossil fuels by the end of the decade, warning ongoing government support risks destabilising the financial sector and jeopardising the Paris Agreement …

How Norway Is Leading the Way in Making the Planet Greener

From being a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boasting the razor sharp peaks of the Lofoten Islands and emerald green fjords, it is easy to see why Norway is one of the leading lights in protecting our planet. Given it only has a population of around five million, the country …

Antarctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Smallest Ever Extent

Data contradicts climate change sceptics, who have pointed to earlier increases in areas of sea ice to support their views. Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of manmade global warming, preliminary US satellite data has shown. Ice …

European Smog Could Be 27 Times More Toxic than Air Pollution in China

Much of the air pollution in China comes from natural sources, rather than the burning of fossil fuels that makes up most of the problem in the West. Smog in Europe and North America could be more than 25 times more lethal than the average air pollution found in Chinese …

Almost 90% of New Power in Europe from Renewable Sources in 2016

Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. But industry leaders said they were worried about the lack of political support beyond 2020, when binding EU renewable energy targets …

Home Energy Storage Batteries Lose to Grid-Connected Solar on Environmental Impact

Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. It’s a concept that has already won over policymakers, electric utilities, and some automakers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has moved to consolidate the automaker and his SolarCity company …