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European Commission Shies Back from Curbing Shipping Emissions

The European Commission will launch a shipping emissions monitoring system early next year, in a move widely seen as postponement of action to reduce emissions. In a disgraceful abdication of its responsibilities, its solution will only cover “a...

Posted October 3, 2012    

Is David Cameron appointing climate sceptics?

David Cameron appointed several new ministers last week who are suspected of being weak on climate change and green issues. These appointments demonstrate that anxieties from those on the right of the Tory party about losing seats at the next...

Posted September 10, 2012    

Cleantech sector expects greater profits in next 12 months

Leaders of cleantech firms around the world are more optimistic than their counterparts in other sectors, a new survey has found. A survey by Grant Thornton, published on Monday, of business leaders' attitude in the sector, finds the sector...

Posted September 6, 2012    

As the U.N. climate talks make little progress, are we headed for 3°C rise?

 Protesters in Bangkok outside the UN climate talks. The U.N. climate talks featuring delegates from 190 nations, that have been ongoing for the last week in Bangkok, Thailand, and which conclude today, have produced few concrete results...

Posted September 6, 2012    

Do electric cars really save carbon emissions?

Smart grids, together with electric vehicles, will enable their owners to sell power back to the grid, make money for themselves, and help keep the network from overloading. But research shows that the cost of reducing carbon emissions this way is...

Posted July 18, 2012    

Carbon capture: Why the EU approach just isn't working

Carbon capture and storage is not going to save us. We must wean ourselves off fossil fuels as quickly as possible. It has emerged that it is now likely that just one carbon capture and storage project in the UK will receive funding from the...

Posted July 16, 2012    

EU to impose new rules that will cut driving cost by 25%

Moustaches in the driving seat: Siim Kallas, Vice President of the EC in charge of Transport (left), and Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, at yesterday's CARS 21 group meeting.The European Commission is proposing...

Posted June 8, 2012    

European emissions rose in 2010, with UK second largest emitter

 European greenhouse gas emissions increased by 2.4% in 2010, or 111 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, due to a cold winter and the economic recovery following the 2009 recession in many countries.About 56% of the EU increase in GHG emissions...

Posted May 30, 2012    

We're heading for 6 degrees rise says IEA. Here's a way to stop it.

I've got good news and bad news. Which would you like first? OK, here's the bad news, and it's really bad. According to the latest figures from the International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year of 31.6...

Posted May 29, 2012    

The new Energy Bill is everything the UK doesn't want

The draft Energy Bill, published today, will do nothing to help energy efficiency or make it easier for new renewable energy companies to enter the market place. It is too complicated, biased towards the Big Six, gas and nuclear, and still contains...

Posted May 23, 2012    

Everyone on the planet helps subsidise fossil fuels by £45 per year

NASA's James Hansen  Fossil fuel companies get between $400 and $500 billion in subsidies per year. This must end. The first major scientist to alert the world to the dangers of climate change, NASA's James Hansen, has issued a new...

Posted May 9, 2012    

Should Britain increase it's speed limit if it wants to reduce CO2?

The Government is to take forward its proposal for increasing the motorway speed limit to 80 mph by trialling the new limit on selected managed motorways. Roads Minister Mike Penning said this week that his Department "is carrying out work to...

Posted May 1, 2012