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Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal >> 02 Nov 2016

Industry concern after confidential impact assessment models scenarios for paring back the ‘priority dispatch’ system for clean energy
Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show.
Paring back the “priority dispatch” system could increase carbon emissions by up to 10%, according to [...]

More than half of all businesses ignore UN’s sustainable development goals >> 07 Oct 2016

One year on from the adoption of the SDGs and most businesses are not engaging, says survey, despite experts pointing to the economic opportunities
The SDGs on poverty and hunger were the least supported by businesses; goals around climate action were the most supported. Photograph: Ken Hermann/Save the Children
Businesses are failing to work on the [...]

Fossil fuel industry’s methane emissions far higher than thought >> 05 Oct 2016

Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas from coal, oil and gas are up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, research shows

Map showing global methane concentrations in January 2016 at a pressure of 400 hectopascals, or roughly 6km above the surface. Concentrations are higher in the northern hemisphere [...]

Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show >> 20 Sep 2016

Controversial Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) could make it harder for governments to favour clean energy over fossil fuels as part of efforts to keep temperature rises to 1.5C
Campaigners believe Tisa would increase the power of multinationals to prevent government from taking measures to keep temperature rises to 1.5C. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
A far-reaching global [...]

Toyota Constructs Zero-Emissions Building >> 13 Sep 2016

Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations.
The pure hydrogen fuel cells, with rated power output of 3.5 [...]

Investing in off-grid renewables in the developing world: what you need to know >> 24 Aug 2016


Renewables are getting cheaper but there’s still a huge investment gap. Here’s what our expert panel said in a recent debate on clean energy
At the Paris climate talks last December, governments agreed to work towards limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. But the topic of financing developing countries to help them adapt to [...]

Climate urgency: we’ve locked in more global warming than people realize >> 16 Aug 2016

Today’s carbon pollution will have climate consequences for centuries to come. We’re in the midst of a critical decade

An Adelie penguin standing atop a block of melting ice in East Antarctica. Slowly-melting ice is a ‘feedback’ through which today’s carbon pollution will heat the planet for centuries to come. Photograph: Reuters
While most people accept [...]

World’s Largest Companies Decoupling Emissions, Business Growth >> 28 Jun 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions data from the world’s 500 largest companies shows that for the first time, the Global 500 are beginning to grow their businesses and manage their emissions at a rate that follows the global scientific consensus on the risks of climate change, according to a Thomson Reuters report.
These businesses currently represent about 28 [...]

Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables >> 22 May 2016

 Shell, Total, Statoil, even Exxon – they’re all at it. But are the recent moves into solar and wind power lip service, fashion, or a real shift away from fossil fuels?

The world’s largest oil companies have in recent weeks announced a series of “green” investments – in wind farms, electric battery storage systems and [...]

Carbon dioxide emissions from US energy sector fall 12% since 2005 >> 10 May 2016

Carbon dioxide emissions from the US’s energy sector fell in 2015 and now stand at 12% below 2005 levels, a drop mainly driven by the continuing collapse of the coal industry.
Americans’ energy consumption resulted in the release of 5.2bn tons of CO2 last year, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), down from 5.4bn [...]

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