• Climate Of Fear: ‘Deep And Disturbing Decline’ In Global Press Freedom

    • Date: 20/04/16
    • Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post

    For the first time in more than a decade, the press is freer in Africa than in the Americas. Yet a global “climate of fear and tension” continues to erode press freedom around the world, according to the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. The group’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index reveals a “deep and disturbing decline […]

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  • Green Madness: 54 Million Europeans Must Choose Between Eating And Heating

    • Date: 20/04/16
    • James Crisp, EurActiv.com

    An estimated 54 million Europeans suffer from energy poverty, according to a European Commission analysis, which blames rising prices, low income and energy inefficient homes for forcing people to choose between eating or heating. You are in energy poverty if you cannot afford to heat your home at an affordable cost. Almost 11% of the […]

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  • Healthy Scepticism: Just 6 Percent Of Americans Say They Trust News Media

    • Date: 19/04/16
    • Carole Feldman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media. Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well […]

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  • German Government Bill Threatens Renewable Energy Revolution, Green Lobby Warns

    • Date: 18/04/16
    • Solar Server News

    The draft reform bill of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) submitted by the German government on Thursday massively curtails the green energy transition, the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) has warned. Five years after Fukushima and only a few months after the Paris climate change agreement, the German government is threatening a massive rollback in climate […]

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  • Europe’s Green Mega-Flop: Hundreds Of Windmills Operating At A Loss, Facing Demolition

    • Date: 15/04/16
    • Janene Pieters, NL Times

    Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and are in danger of being demolished. The main cause is the very low energy prices, which mean that the maintaining the turbines cost more than what the generated energy bring in, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on own research. Subsidies for generating […]

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  • German Government Calls For ‘Climate MOT’ On Chinese Steel Imports

    • Date: 13/04/16
    • Allgäuer Zeitung

    In the fight against cheap steel from China, German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) is proposing a ‘climate MOT’ for imported products: “At the level of the World Trade Organization there are forms of certification, for example, where the environment, nature or health are at risk. I can imagine a similar certification for steel products, […]

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  • India’s Solar Revolution May Be Over Before It Has Even Started

    • Date: 12/04/16
    • Anindya Upadhyay and Anto Antony, Live Mint

    New Delhi/Mumbai: Indian lenders are becoming increasingly reluctant to finance solar-power projects by foreign companies as bankruptcy looms for SunEdison Inc. in the US, creditors familiar with the matter said. Lenders in the Indian economy are hesitating as the world’s biggest renewable energy company totters and record-low Indian solar tariffs stoke concern that projects could […]

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  • Green Energy Dropping Out Of Mix As Developing Nations Turn To Cheap Fossil Fuels

    • Date: 12/04/16
    • Claudia Caruana, Sci Dev Net

    Developing countries that already have a high share of renewable energy in their power mix are unlikely to grow this share further due to skyrocketing demand for cheap electricity, a report warns. The study by intergovernmental organisation the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says that many developing countries made huge strides towards deploying renewable technologies […]

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