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Controversial El Quimbo dam risks becoming 'Colombia’s Belo Monte'

Amy Lieberman

16th March, 2012

A growing movement of fishing communities, miners and farmers are stepping up their campaign against the dam - one of dozens of hydroelectric projects looming across Colombia - despite violent repression of some protests more...

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

big oil The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...

Wind turbines: the future of renewable energy or a blight on UK countryside?

Bethany Hubbard

24th February 2012

Scroby Sands offshore wind farm in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk The wind farms debate rages on as the need for renewable energy grows. But is the UK in danger of putting aesthetics before the need to cut carbon emissions and adopt greener technologies? more...

Retrofits: is it possible to make 'greening your home' sexy?

Carl Frankel

20th January, 2012

Sustainable refurbishment Green refurbishments save money and reduce CO2 emissions, helping combat climate change. The challenge is getting people to do them more...

Spanish mountains under threat from open cast coal mining

Almudena Serpis

26th October, 2011

mining Almudena Serpis reports on the activists taking action against the expansion of coal mining in the beautiful and ecologically important Lacaiana valley more...

Xayaburi dam divides Laos and stirs tension over Mekong hydropower

Brendan Brady

30th September, 2011

Laos hydropower Supporters of a controversial dam in one of Asia's poorest countries say it will bring huge economic benefits. Critics say it could threaten fisheries and rice cultivation, threatening the livelihoods of millions. Brendan Brady reports from Laos
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The big divide: is ideology holding back greens from embracing nuclear power?

Matilda Lee

20th July, 2011

Nuclear power station Once united in opposition, the environmental movement is now divided on nuclear power. Matilda Lee reports on why some greens say that anti-nuclear is just sentimentalism more...

Estonia enters the race in scramble to secure rare earths

Joel Tozer

20th April,2011

Rare earth factory With China's rare earth industry blighted by claims of toxic pollution, Estonian company Silmet is stepping up production to meet demand for rare earths essential in the manufacture of electrical gadgets and green technologies more...

UK gas fracking boom 'may be dirtier than coal'

Tom Levitt

13th April, 2011

Drilling equipment As well as local outrage over 'fracking' drilling there is new evidence its greenhouse gas footprint may be higher than that of coal. Tom Levitt reports from the centre of this potential gas boom near Blackpool more...

Scramble to design supersized turbines to maximise wind power potential

David Strahan

1st March, 2011

Offshore wind turbines 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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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...

Dark nights: the global effort to tackle light pollution

Carrie Madren

31st August, 2010

Europe at night The energy, financial and health costs of lighting up our homes and streets could be saved through better lighting and an end to wasteful illuminations more...

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies

Andrew Williams

18th August, 2010

CSP trough-based system 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...

Think nuclear is clean energy? Ask the Nigeriens

Carolyn Lebel

1st June, 2010

Uranium tailings mound As the new nuclear renaissance grows, so too does uranium extraction. In Niger, which boasts some of the world's richest deposits, NGOs say that the poor are being exploited for the West's 'clean energy' more...

Can our electricity grid cope with all the new wind power?

David Strahan

27th April, 2010

Electricity pylons at sunset Wind energy finally seems to be moving somewhere in the UK, but without some new techniques, our grid is simply not going to cope with this flood of new green power more...

What if we all traded energy between ourselves?

Mark Jansen

16th March, 2010

Passing over a credit card The time may soon be coming when every government will need to think about rationing fossil fuel usage. What's the quickest and most equitable way to do it? more...

Jatropha biofuels: UK investors sell controversial crop as 'green'

Andrew Wasley

15th February, 2010

Raju Sona is a smallscale farmer, seen with his only Jatrophal tree at his home farm UK fund managers are selling investments in jatropha plantations as a wallet-swelling, planet-saving financial bonanza. But the reality for poor farmers is very different more...

Jatropha biofuels: the true cost to Tanzania

Thembi Mutch

15th February, 2010

Jatropha curcas seedlings Billed as wonder crop, the establishment of jatropha plantations on the ground in Tanzania has been far from successful, or, in some cases, ethical more...

Will carbon capture and storage work?

Mark Jansen

15th December, 2009

Industrial pipework Carbon capture sounds like a fantastical idea: dig up fossil fuels, burn them, then return the captured CO2 underground. But the hurdles that stand in its way are formidable more...

Tar sands: tearing the flesh from the Earth

Paul Miles

18th August, 2009

A landscape created by a love of oil As the price of oil increases again, Canada's tar sands once more look like a giant cash cow to the industry. Now, the only thing standing between the 400 ton bulldozers and rampant environmental destruction may be a small group of First Nations people... more...

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