English Tree Planting Challenge Will Help Plant 130,000 Trees

More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge …

ABB Unveils Its First Carbon-Neutral Factory

At its site in Lüdenscheid, in the presence of Nico Rosberg, ABB shows how the sustainable energy transition can succeed with digital energy management. With its “Mission to Zero”, the leader in digital technology drives the transition from fossil fuels. After a two-year design and construction phase, as part of …

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 …

Farmers Interested in Biogas Plants

Unlike fossil fuels, biogas is a permanently renewable fuel, since it is produced from biomass. The use of biogas helps to improve the country’s energy balance and contributes to the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection. Biogas is a very flexible fuel, and it can be used for the …

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Planned $4.9tn Oil and Gas Investment ‘Not Compatible with Climate Goals’

A planned investment of $4.9 trillion (£3.8tn) in new oil and gas exploration and extraction over the next decade is incompatible with international climate obligations. That’s according to new analysis by Global Witness, which claims any fossil fuel production and use from fields not yet in operation or development will …

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Deforestation in Tropical Countries Linked to European Diets in New Study

One-sixth of the carbon footprint of the average diet in the European Union can be directly linked to deforestation in tropical countries, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The study, due to be published in the May 2019 edition of the journal Global …