• Boris Johnson Unveils Plan To Increase Number Of Flights, Despite Net Zero

    • Date: 20/12/19
    • The Independent

    New government plans to ramp up the number of flights will make it “all but impossible” for the UK to cut its carbon emissions to the required levels, environmentalists have warned. Downing Street was accused of “a total disregard for the planet” after it unveiled a new air traffic management bill on Thursday to lift practical limits […]

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  • Biomass Delivers ‘Questionable Carbon Savings’, Says New Report

    • Date: 18/12/19
    • Jonny Bairstow, Energy Live News

    Environmental thinktank Sandbag claims biomass does not allow ‘near-immediate carbon and cost reductions’ Governments should focus policy support on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar rather than on biomass, which delivers questionable carbon savings. That’s the verdict from environmental thinktank Sandbag, which has published a new report calling for policymakers to support energy sources […]

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  • Global Coal Consumption Set To Rise As Demand Grows In Developing Countries

    • Date: 17/12/19
    • The Hindu

    Coal consumption is set to rise in the coming years as growing demand for electricity in developing countries outpaces a shift to cleaner sources of electricity in industrialised nations. While use of the most polluting fossil fuel had a historic dip in 2019, the International Energy Agency anticipates steady increases in the next five years. […]

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  • Germany: World Leader In Green Flops

    • Date: 13/12/19
    • Clean Energy Wire

    Despite spending hundreds of billions of euros on ‘climate protection, Germany’s decarbonisation policy seems to be stuck in a cul-de-sack. Consumption of oil and natural gas for heating Germany’s residential buildings rose by 1.1 and 1.5 percent respectively in 2018 compared to the year before, when adjusted for weather conditions, shows a study by energy provider Techem. […]

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  • Russia’s Gas Pipeline to Europe Faces Sanctions Under U.S. Defense Bill

    • Date: 12/12/19
    • The Wall Street Journal

    U.S. lawmakers aim to halt $10.5 billion project, Nord Stream 2, by targeting key contractors U.S. lawmakers are pushing ahead with enactment of new sanctions meant to prevent the completion of a new pipeline constructed to carry Russian natural gas to Germany, beneath the Baltic Sea. The measure could set back one of Europe’s largest […]

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  • U.S. Coal Plants Close As Cheap Shale Gas Is Making Coal Uncompetitive

    • Date: 04/12/19
    • Houston Chronicle

    Coal-fired power plants in the United States are closing because they’re more expensive to operate and maintain than cheaper forms of power such as natural gas-fueled generation, according to a new government study. The Department of Energy reported that coal plants have been facing a general decline as low natural gas prices have made natural […]

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  • In China, Coal Creeps Back As Slowing Economy Overshadows Climate Plans

    • Date: 02/12/19
    • Reuters

    China is building more coal-fired power plants and approving dozens of new mines, despite assurances from the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter that it was serious about fighting climate change. China’s 2021-2030 policy plans are under close scrutiny as the United Nations climate change conference gets under way in Madrid, especially after a new UN […]

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  • Green Energy Catastrophe: Zimbabwe ‘Turning Into A Desert’ As Poor Cut Down Forests For Fuel

    • Date: 30/11/19
    • The Times

    An estimated 815,000 acres of forest are being chopped down each year in Zimbabwe as its desperate people resort to firewood to cope with poverty, blackouts and a scarcity of fuel. Conservationists warn that Zimbabwe could be reduced to a desert in a generation if the rate of deforestation goes unchecked. The country has been […]

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