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Tiny bubbles of methane trapped in lake ice in Norway

Freshwater lakes and rivers contributing to climate change

Tom Levitt

12th January, 2011

Study estimates emissions of methane from freshwater systems to be 103 million tonnes per year - equivalent to 25 per cent of all the carbon dioxide absorbed by the world's land areas more...
World map

Cancun climate summit fails to agree successor to Kyoto Protocol

Tom Levitt

12th December, 2010

Major industrialised powers claim progress has been made towards a legally-binding agreement but campaigners warn new deal will be 'weak' and 'wholly inadaquate' in preventing climate change more...

Addicted to frack: the dirty gas drilling coming to a field near you

Ecologist

7th December, 2010

Exclusive film examining the bitter fall out from gas extraction in the US involving a process known as hydraulic fracturing - or fracking. And it's coming to Europe... more...

Europe's scramble for gas sees controversial hydraulic fracturing cross the Atlantic

Luke Starr

30th November,2010

In the US, gas-extraction in the Marcellus Shale has been linked to pollution and social conflict. Now Halliburton, Chevron and Exxon, among others, want to bring the so-called 'fracking' process to Europe, reports Luke Starr more...

US natural gas drilling boom linked to pollution and social strife

Jim Wickens

30th November, 2010

The gas stored in the Marcellus Shale formation is the subject of desperate drilling to secure US domestic energy supplies. But the process involved - hydraulic fracturing - is the focus of a bitter dispute over environmental damage and community rights more...

How to have sex (sustainably and ethically)

Eifion Rees

9th November, 2010

Kicking off a new series of 'how to...' we show you the most satisfying way to 'green up' your lovemaking between the sheets. Now relax, lie back and think of the Ecologist… more...
Dead fridges

Campaigners issue warning on refrigerant emissions

Dearbhla Crosse

October 27th, 2010

UK efforts to combat ozone-depleting CFC gases has seen supermarkets and other refrigerant users switch to a problematic alternative in HFCs

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Why 'eco-friendly' heat pumps increase, not reduce, your carbon footprint

Eric Johnson

8th October, 2010

Switch to heat pumps to warm your home and you'll qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive subsidy. But new research reveals the pumps release potent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, says Eric Johnson, significantly increasing the true carbon footprint of this supposedly green technology

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Carbon dioxide emissions

US climate sceptics fail to stop carbon emissions being labelled danger to health

Ecologist

30th July, 2010

Campaigners say ruling 'opens the door' to the US to limit carbon emissions from industry under existing laws and removes the need to force through new bitterly opposed climate legislation more...
thermostat

Greening my office: I got them to switch the heating off!

Sylvia Sunshine

9th July, 2010

Sylvia scores her first eco success - persuading her sceptical boss that heating an unoccupied portion of the office is a terrible waste of resources more...
HFC-23 briefcase full of cash

Let's stop people scamming billions from the carbon market

Fionnuala Walravens

8th April, 2010

It was a loophole that most of us thought had been sewn up. But new research shows that companies are continuing to cash in on the 'super' greenhouse gas HFC-23 more...

Installing a biogas digester

Ecologist

23rd February, 2010

This gallery of images shows the simple, low-tech processes involved in turning organic wastes into a clean-burning, forest-preserving cooking fuel more...

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Installing solar panels

UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?

Ecologist

1st February, 2010

Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities more...
A ship breaking through Arctic ice

Greenpeace calls for a ban on Arctic oil drilling

Ecologist

25th January, 2010

Immediate moratorium on all activity by oil and gas industries would help safeguard the local community and ecosystem as well as reduce potential carbon emissions more...
Three planet living

Face up to natural limits, or face a 1970s-style energy crisis

Paul Mobbs

19th January, 2010

None of the various technofixes on offer alter the fact that humanity has to learn to stop living on the last drops of cheap energy, and to start living within its means more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Carbon emissions: the world in 2010

Tom Levitt

23rd December, 2009

A post-Copenhagen look at where the carbon emissions are coming from and how that is projected to change over the coming decade more...
Green gas?

'Green' gas supply for homeowners

Ecologist

22nd November, 2009

UK energy company promises to use gas from food waste and sewage to provide homes with 'green' gas supplies more...
Dan Box

We should all know how RBS spends our money

Dan Box

26th October, 2009

Officials can sternly lecture the City on its excesses as much as they like: when it comes to actually regulating it, politicians just don't care. And don't want us to know... more...
Urban Energy Centre artist's impression

National Grid plan for local waste-to-biogas plants

Ecologist

8th October, 2009

Electricity operator National Grid believes that with the right Government incentives, renewable gas could be produced from our waste and fed straight into the mains more...
Find out if your council plans to waste your waste with our interactive map

Councils accused of ignoring biogas

Ecologist

7th August, 2009

Find out if your council is about to waste your waste in favour of incinerators with our interactive map more...
Food waste: valuable stuff

Biogas: is your council about to waste your waste?

David Strahan

4th August, 2009

Biogas - a methane-rich fuel made from rotting food waste or sewage - has huge potential as a clean, green fuel for the UK. But a perverse web of subsidies, rules and contracts could mean UK councils are about to kiss goodbye to the real power of waste... more...
Algae

ExxonMobil and Venter sign $600 million algae biofuel deal

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

Oli giant ExxonMobil has signed a $600 million deal with controversial genome scientist J Craig Venter to develop biofuels made from algae more...
Hasankeyf in Turkey

Turkish dam project scrapped, but pipeline gets go-ahead

Ecologist

13th July, 2009

Turkey's plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris have been scrapped as Europe withdraws funds for a failure to meet environmental obligations, while plans for the trans-Europe Nabucco gas pipeline are ratified more...
A ploughed field

Change farming to cut CO2 emissions by 25 per cent

Eifion Rees

3rd July, 2009

A new report has revealed that a change in the way we manage agricultural land could help sequester a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions every year more...
Treasury Building, Westminster

Legal challenge to Treasury over RBS investments

Ecologist

2nd July, 2009

A green coalition has brought a legal challenge against the Treasury for refusing to rein-in the Government-owned RBS bank, which continues to invest in polluting industries more...

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