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Shetlands

Huhne accused of 'hypocrisy' for promoting offshore oil in Scotland and Arctic

Ecologist

4th March, 2011

Climate change minister urges more urgent cuts to greenhouse gas emissions while allowing renewed push for oil in remote regions more...

UK's 'fracking' gas-extraction is not unconventional says industry

Ecologist

2nd March, 2011

The controversial gas-extraction process known as 'fracking' is safe, says UK-based Cuadrilla Resources, and not a threat to ground or surface water supplies more...
Offshore wind turbines

Scramble to design supersized turbines to maximise wind power potential

David Strahan

1st March, 2011

Offshore wind power is crucial if the UK is to meet its renewable energy targets - but a lack of suitably powerful and reliable technology could hamper efforts, reports David Strahan
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Home insulation

Tesco and B&Q join interest in 'Green Deal' to insulate homes

Mark Jansen

10th January, 2011

The UK government plans to get companies to pay to insulate energy inefficient homes - recovering the money from savings on the householder's energy bill more...
Wave machine

Making waves: how the UK is showing the way on low-impact wave technology

Andrew Williams

21st December, 2010

Following announcements by two UK-based companies, wave power looks set to become an increasingly important renewable energy source. But how long will it be before it is commercially viable and what ecological benefits might it bring? more...
An electric car

UK announces £5,000 subsidy for electric car buyers from 2011

Tom Levitt

14th December, 2010

Electric cars are no longer just a 'pipe dream' claims transport minister as he announces £60 million in funds for charging points and grants for people buying new vehicles more...
Severn Barrage

Severn tidal barrage axed as nuclear power plants proposed

Tom Levitt

October 18th, 2010

Plans for a tidal barrage across the River Severn to produce hydroelectric power have been scrapped due to financial constraints as government confirms eight sites for new nuclear power plants

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Heat pumps

Heat pumps no more eco-friendly than gas-fired boilers - new research

Tom Levitt

8th October, 2010

Government subsidies to replace oil or traditional electric heating with heat pumps ignore the global warming impact of their HFCs, argues new analysis more...
Green sailing

Will renewable energy fuel a new generation of eco-shipping?

Ewan Kingston

4th October 2010

B9 Shipping and the Greenheart project are pioneering new, fully sustainable, forms of ship design. Despite industry scepticism the boats - based on wind power and biomethane - could signify a return to the great age of sail, reports Ewan Kingston more...
Offshore wind turbines

Scotland's renewable pledge let down by offshore oil drilling

Dearbhla Crosse

4th October, 2010

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond faces criticism over his decision to allow offshore oil drilling at the same time as pledging Scotland could achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025
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Offshore wind farm

Offshore wind: can we afford it?

Mark Jansen

29th September 2010

High costs of offshore wind farms could be reduced through investment in a UK manufacturing base says report, but warns nuclear is no cheap alternative more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

How to make money from fighting climate change

Reg Platt

16th September 2010

Renewable energy presents a unique opportunity for getting communities engaged in reducing their emissions - and benefiting financially - says Reg Platt of IPPR more...

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Wind farm

'Privileged' opposition holding back wind farm development

Ecologist

10th September, 2010

Onshore wind sites being ignored because of threat of local resistance as analysis points to unfulfilled potential of community-driven projects more...
CSP trough-based system

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies

Andrew Williams

18th August, 2010

Concentrating solar power plants seem in many ways like a silver bullet for the world's energy problems - but have we looked closely enough at their environmental impacts? more...
Cornwall geothermal potential

Drilling to begin for Cornwall geothermal power plant in 2011

Ecologist

16th August, 2010

Planning approval for attempts at the first commercial geothermal power plant in Cornwall could see renewable heat and electricity being generated as early as 2013 more...
dam

Global rise in hydroelectric dams threatens tribal peoples

Ecologist

10th August, 2010

A new wave of hydropower projects is under way in the quest for clean renewable energy but tribal and indigenous peoples continue to be ignored by those pushing through the plans more...
Offshore wind turbines

UK likely to miss legal 2020 renewable energy target

Ecologist

27th July, 2010

Energy secretary Chris Huhne focuses on 2050 targets in first major policy statement but admits the UK faces 'short-term challenges' to meet targets for renewable energy more...
Electric car charge plug

Electric cars and wind turbines face metal supply shortages

Ecologist

12th June, 2010

The Government's much-vaunted ambition for a low-carbon economy could be threatened by shortages in key metals and the environmental cost of developing new mining facilities more...
Biomass crops

Biomass Britain: do fields of energy crops spell an end to grazing livestock?

Tom Levitt

13th July, 2010

A new vision to replace our grazing land with energy crops will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but many are unwilling to embrace its suggestions for our future diet and countryside more...
Greenpeace say nuclear is a distraction to the the real solutions

UK to get three new nuclear power plants by 2022

Ecologist

30th June, 2010

Government's climate watchdog says 'good progress' being made towards new nuclear but renewable sector needs major investment if UK is to meet emissions targets more...
Severn Barrage

Severn barrage faces economic rather than environmental hurdles

Mark Jansen

30th June, 2010

The coalition Government's silence on the Severn tidal barrage may be a reflection of the high economic costs rather than the environmental concerns surrounding the project more...
An airplane

UK budget avoids decision on new aviation tax

Ecologist

22nd June, 2010

Chancellor George Osborne promises only to 'explore' proposals for bringing in a per-plane tax on the aviation industry more...
Electric car trial results

Electric cars can 'fit with current driving patterns'

Ecologist

18th June, 2010

First results of UK-wide trials dispel fears about the 'range anxiety' of electric cars running out of power: typical users' driving habits can remain unchanged more...
Zero Carbon Britain

Zero carbon Britain: how to get there in 10 steps

Tom Levitt

21st June, 2010

A blueprint for how Britain could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next 20 years by a combination of electrification, insulation and a massive scaling up of offshore wind reports Tom Levitt more...
Nuclear power station

Nuclear power debate still divides UK public opinion

Ecologist

11th June, 2010

The majority of the public feels the risks of nuclear power outweigh the benefits and would prefer to see more investment into renewable energy, a new poll shows more...

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