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BP out of touch on climate and clean energy technology

Yesterday BP published its 2035 Outlook for Energy, the company’s view of what the future of energy might look like. Once upon a time, oil companies liked to portray themselves as being at the cutting edge of science and technology. Today BP did the opposite, downplaying the seriousness of climate change, and dismissing fast-advancing clean […]

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Lumps of coal © Alexander G weak_hope

Don’t assume it’s curtains for electricity from coal

Burning coal is the biggest threat to tackling climate change. Our old coal power stations, relics from the 1960s and 70s, have served us well but their time is up. The next Government must take action to ensure they close by 2025 at the latest. Here’s a startling statistic for you. Keeping just one coal […]

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Drax power plant, Yorkshire © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon

The Dirty 30: How coal is tainting the UK’s climate leadership

We environmentalists don’t often talk about what our politicians are doing well. It’s human nature to take these things for granted and concentrate on the areas where improvements are needed. Well here’s something… …In 2008, the UK government became the first country in the world to introduce a Climate Change Act. The current government has […]

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Test drilling for shale gas in Lancashire.

Is shale gas the future for the UK?

Today the government released the long-awaited updated estimate of UK shale gas reserves and resources by the British Geological Survey. As expected estimates have been increased and suggest that UK shale gas resources are substantially higher than previously thought. While this might be welcomed as good news for some, all is not quite as it […]

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Mauna Loa record, showing steady rise of CO2 concentrations since 1960 © Scripps Institution of Oceonography

Why ‘400ppm’ is a number we should all care about

Over recent weeks, climate scientists and environmentalists have been carefully watching the output from a remote data collection point in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, which measures the volume of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. And now we’ve heard confirmation that levels have reached 400 parts per million – the highest since the Pliocene era which finished 3 million years ago.

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DECC presentation showing renewable energy investment and jobs created Here in the UK

Green economy in action – renewables jobs and investment across the UK

We hear a lot about ‘green jobs’ but it can be hard to pin down what that actually means and how many there are. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has helpfully published this graphic which gives a snapshot of investment and jobs announced in the growing renewable energy sector from April last […]

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