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17 06 2021 | 11:34

Large Methane Leak Detected Over South Africa Coal Mining Region.

The nation uses the dirtiest fossil fuel to generate more than 80% of its power. A cloud of methane was detected by satellite near coal mines in South Africa, drawing attention to a lesser-known…

17 06 2021 | 10:26

The Man Who Beat Shell: How an Unknown Lawyer Won Historic Suit

Attorney Roger Cox says oil industry executives should be held responsible for their companies’ carbon emissions Royal Dutch Shell Plc hired a team of pricey lawyers for its defense against…

16 06 2021 | 09:36

Kenya's Thandiwe Muriu: Standing out in camouflage.

Photographer Thandiwe Muriu wants her models to both blend in and stand out at the same time. The images in her Camo - short for camouflage - series create an optical illusion where the person in…

16 06 2021 | 08:54

World’s soils ‘under great pressure’, says UN pollution report.

Soils provide 95% of all food but are damaged by industrial, farming, mining and urban pollution. The world’s soils, which provide 95% of humanity’s food, are “under great pressure”, according to a…

16 06 2021 | 08:46

G7 summit: What do leaders need to do to save our rapidly-heating planet?

As world leaders gather for the first in-person summit since the start of the pandemic, Daisy Dunne explores what actions they must take to tackle the climate crisis.

15 06 2021 | 15:17

Swiss voters reject new climate law to help cut carbon emissions.

Defeat will make it ‘very difficult’ to reach 2050 net zero target, says government minister Swiss voters have rejected a new law which was proposed to help the country meet its target for cutting …

15 06 2021 | 14:52

Ramaphosa Cuts Red Tape to Ease Blackouts Hobbling South Africa

South Africa’s government will allow private investors to build their own power plants with up to 100 megawatts of generating capacity without requiring a license, in a bid to address the nation’s…

15 06 2021 | 13:53

Sexual violence along pipeline route follows Indigenous women’s warnings.

The $2,9bn Line 3 pipeline has brought thousands of workers to Minnesota – and one crisis center has received more than 40 reports of harassment and abuse. On 15 May, a woman met a pipeline worker…

15 06 2021 | 13:09

G7 summit protests – in pictures.

Protesters turn out in support of a range of causes as the leaders of Group of Seven nations meet for the forum’s 47th summit in Cornwall Marvina Newton of United For Black Lives. Protestors in…

15 06 2021 | 12:16

Where is Sub-Saharan Africa in the race to net-zero?

African governments face more immediately pressing economic needs than zero emissions. But meeting those needs and growing the continent’s economies will depend on their energy systems evolving,…

15 06 2021 | 11:06

The Retreat of Exxon and the Oil Majors Won’t Stop Fossil Fuel.

National oil champions are likely to fill the gap left by private-sector players—meaning emissions won't shrink as fast as the supermajors. When Exxon Mobil Corp. decided to get out of a big oil…

15 06 2021 | 10:02

G7 leaders face make-or-break moment in climate crisis.

Analysis: message in Cornwall is clear – leaders must act now or go down in history as the ones who threw away last-ditch chance

14 06 2021 | 10:13

Sri Lankans face up to ‘unmeasurable cost’ of cargo ship disaster.

Fishing communities fear for future as oil, plastic and toxic chemicals devastate ecosystem. Until last week Lucien Justin, the chair of the Jude Watta fisheries committee in Wattala, near Sri Lanka…

14 06 2021 | 09:44

G7 nations committing billions more to fossil fuel than green energy.

In spite of green rhetoric, money has piled into aviation and car industries since start of pandemic, report finds. The nations that make up the G7 have pumped billions of dollars more into fossil…

14 06 2021 | 09:38

Italian climate activists sue government over inaction.

Plaintiffs want court to order Mario Draghi’s government to adopt more ambitious climate policies Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the…

14 06 2021 | 09:30

Any Reform of Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Must Include Environmental Justice

Drilling and refining has often come at the expense of Black communities, engulfing our neighborhoods with massive amounts of toxic pollution.

14 06 2021 | 09:26

Low Clean-Energy Spending in Poor Countries Puts Climate Goals in Peril

Investments in developing markets need to reach $1 trillion by 2030, up from just $150 billion last year, according to a new IEA report. As the world’s richest economies invest in new and cleaner…

14 06 2021 | 08:47

Australian coal burnt overseas creates nearly twice the nation’s domestic emissions.

New data comes amid warning that world’s growing awareness of coal exports’ impact risks further damaging Australia’s reputation on climate. Emissions from coal mined in Australia but exported and…

09 06 2021 | 09:56

Are vertical-axis wind turbines really the future.

New research suggests VAWTs could surpass current ofshore giants. Eize de Vries talks to an aerodynamics expert who disagrees. Recently published research by Oxford Brookes University suggests that…