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The Story of Energy

Paul Allen

20th December 2013

Our relationship with energy presents big challenges, not only for our technology, but also for our culture, society and democracy. Paul Allen explores where it all went wrong. more...
A commercial solar installation under way in the south of England. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Renewable energy Cooperative - r-eco.coop.

2014 - the UK's year of the sun?

Alex Stevenson & Oliver Tickell

20th December 2013

Cuts to feed-in tariffs and hostility to large-scale farms have undermined the UK's solar energy sector. But changes are under way in the heart of government. Could 2014 be the UK's 'year of the sun'? more...

EBRD - eyes wide shut to coal sector corruption

The Ecologist

17th December 2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been financing coal mining companies implicated in criminal corruption allegations - according to a Bankwatch analysis. more...
Infra-red image showing how open shop doors pour heat into our streets. Image: closethedoor.org.uk

Shut that door!

Jeannie Dawkins

20th December 2013

As we embark on our final splurge of Christmas shopping, spare a thought for all those heaters blasting hot air in customers' faces, set above wide open doors. Jeannie Dawkins says the waste of energy is a national disgrace that must be ended! more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans

Paul Brown

14th December 2013

An EU investigation into the UK's financial support for new nuclear power stations is dividing Europe, with critics saying London is flouting EU rules by offering illegal subsidies to EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Paul Brown reports. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
Elephant and buffalo in Virunga National Park. Photo: Radio Okapi via Flickr.

Oil threat to Virunga's mountain gorillas

Raymond Lumbuenamo

13th December 2013

Soco International PLC, a British oil company, plans to explore for oil in Virunga - Africa's oldest national park, in DRC-Congo. Local WWF campaigner Raymond Lumbuenamo reports on the threats to Mountain gorillas and other precious wildlife. more...

Rotting fish to green gas

The Ecologist

10th December 2013

The 'green' carpet maker Interface has signed up for a sustainable gas supply made from rotting fish. more...
Photo: Stockcube / Shutterstock.com

Government condemns the poor to cold homes

Paul Ekins

10th December 2013

Low income families in the UK are cold mainly because they live in badly insulated buildings. The Chancellor has missed the opportunity to address this key issue, writes Paul Ekins, in the name of cutting 'green taxes'. The poor will suffer. more...

UK fracking industry's PR offensive 'becoming more canny'

Andrew Wasley

9th December 2013

Documents reveal Celtique Energie has been privately touting 'dedicated fracking' to investors for Sussex oil and gas drilling - while publicly describing fracking plans as 'hypothetical'. Andrew Wasley reports.
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George Monbiot. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Wikimedia Commons

It can't be easy being George Monbiot

Jonathon Porritt

7th December 2013

On 21st March 2011 George Monbiot stated: "As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology." Jonathon Porritt critiques Monbiot's intellectual gymnastics ... more...

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Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

UK Government all at sea

By Natalie Bennett

6 December 2013

Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to a braying House of Commons. For Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett, his speech was a glorious exposition of stupidity and deliberate ignorance. No wonder his backbenchers loved it ... more...
Ogoni villagers survey destroyed canoes at Kaa, 5th January 1994. Photo: Sr. Majella McCarron, NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa archive.

Looking Shell in the eye: Ken Saro-Wiwa's last writings

Laurence Cox

6th December 2013

Author Ken Saro-Wiwa spear-headed the resistance of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta against environmental devastation from oil drilling and ruptured oil pipelines. He was executed in 1995. Dr Laurence Cox introduces his last letters. more...

Chatsworth: attic junk to renewable energy centre

The Ecologist

4th December 2013

Not all of us could raise £2.5m by selling the junk in our attics. But that's what the Chatsworth Estate achieved in 2010 - and now the money is funding a major renewable energy expansion. more...
Assortment of LED bulbs. Photo: Geoffrey.landis / Wikimedia Commons.

Give away LED light bulbs!

Chris Goodall

4th December 2013

To avoid future electricity shortages the UK needs to reduce peak demand - at 5.15pm on a December evening. The simple answer, proposes Chris Goodall, is to distribute free LED light bulbs to every household in the UK. more...
A Gaza residential street is inundated by sewage. Photo: Rosa Schiano / International Solidarity Movement.

Gaza: sewage as a weapon of war

Ramzy Baroud

2nd November 2013

After military attacks on Gaza failed to bring down the territory's Hamas government, reports Ramzy Baroud, Israel is now waging an environmental war whose weapons are chronic power shortages, collapsing sanitation - and floods of sewage. more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Golden eagles were among the birds killed by Duke's wind turbines.

Wind turbine bird deaths - company pays $1m fine

Eco-Watch

29th November 2013

A major US wind energy company is fined $1 million in the country's first-ever settlement over bird deaths caused by wind turbines, after 149 protected birds were killed. more...
Protestors hang a giant banner to protest UBS's financing of mountain-top removal coal mining. Photo: Hands off Appalachia.

'UBS Eight' still in jail for fighting mountain-top removal

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

The battle against coal mining by Mountain Top Removal has been fought by the people of Appalachia over generations. The campaigners' target is now Swiss bank UBS, the main financier of the destruction. more...
Village anti-fracking protest. Photo: Jim Wickens / EFU.

Transylvania revolts: Farmers against fracking

Jim Wickens

27th November 2013

The unspoilt pastoral landscape of Transylvania is the latest battlefield in the war against aggressive fossil energy extraction. Jim Wickens reports on the farming communities fighting back against multinational energy companies. more...
Pylons. Photo: shutterstock.com / tonyz20.

Rubber-toothed energy regulator fails to convince

Alex Stevenson

26th November 2013

Ofgem chief Andrew Wright was grilled in the UK Parliament today by MPs whose constituents are furious with soaring energy bills and ballooning energy company profits. Andrew Stevenson was there ... more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Can we risk another Fukushima?

Tom Burke

27th November 2013

Tom Burke expresses his disgust at those who downplay the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, and asks: is the world willing to tolerate repeat nuclear disasters? If not the answer is simple - an end to nuclear power. more...
NGO leaders at COP19 announce their mass walkout. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

The Warsaw Walkout and the Climate Movement

Alexander Reid Ross

22nd November 2013

Yesterday, as climate talks degraded into a sideshow for the coal industry, more than 800 conference participants walked out. So where now for the climate movement? Alexander Reid Ross argues for an end to collaboration, and the beginning of a deeper resistance. more...

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