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15 05 2021 | 12:28

Sizewell C nuclear power station could ‘suck up over 500 million fish’ and harm species including otters and rare natterjack toads, campaigners warn.

Impact on environment will be ‘national disgrace’, says co-founder of Greenpeace UK. More than 500 million fish could be sucked out of the sea and into the vast cooling system of the proposed …

15 05 2021 | 12:10

The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising.

Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their "greenwashing." Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have…

14 05 2021 | 14:40

Middle East oil producers move to maximize oil assets amid grim revenue future

Within the last month, Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco has announced the sale of a minority—but large—stake in its pipeline business, the possibility to sell another 1 percent of its stock, and…

13 05 2021 | 07:19

Cutting methane emissions is quickest way to slow global heating – UN report.

Fossil fuels, cattle and rotting waste produce greenhouse gas responsible for 30% of global heating. Slashing methane emissions is vital to tackling the climate crisis and rapidly curbing the…

13 05 2021 | 07:16

Investing in coal power would be an expensive mistake.

The UK has enormous capacity to increase its energy supply from offshore wind. Australia too has vast potential for wind and solar power. Wherever you are on the planet, the last 12 months have been…

13 05 2021 | 06:47

Urgent action on methane emissions could shave 0.3C off global temperatures by 2045, UN report says.

Cutting methane is the ‘strongest lever’ the world has for tackling climate crisis in the short term, according to report. Rapid action on methane emissions could shave 0.3C off global temperatures…

13 05 2021 | 06:36

Scientists OK plan to release one million tonnes of waste water from Fukushima.

Neighbouring nations have denounced Japan’s plan to release water used to cool the nuclear plant's melted reactors into the sea, but researchers say the dangers are low. Japan’s proposal to…

11 05 2021 | 13:42

China’s digital currency could be the future of money – but does it threaten global stability?

China is making promising progress with testing its digital yuan currency.

04 05 2021 | 11:21

Sort your greenwashing from your black carbon with The Independent’s climate jargon buster.

Live in a climate of confusion no longer. Here’s our handy guide to the essential words and terms required to understand the biggest issue facing our planet Bad things are happening and we need to…

04 05 2021 | 11:16

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion.

In the lead-up to a byelection, residents express outrage about decision, saying, ‘It’s not an expansion, it’s a whole new pit’. A coalmine in the Upper Hunter Valley has been given approval to…

04 05 2021 | 11:03

PPE May Save Human Lives, But It’s Deadly for Wildlife.

One of the most distinguishable features of the COVID-19 era is the public, everyday use of personal protective equipment (PPE), mainly in the form of disposable face masks and latex gloves. And…

03 05 2021 | 08:09

Atomic giants EDF and Rosatom push plan to sell nuclear-powered hydrogen as 'green'.

Labelling nuclear hydrogen as green is likely to cause irritation among countries without atomic power or exiting it. French and Russian state-owned nuclear energy giants EDF and Rosatom have teamed…

03 05 2021 | 07:19

US and China commit to tackling climate crisis ‘with seriousness and urgency it demands’.

The world’s two biggest polluters have agreed to ramp up their ‘respective actions’ to combat the climate crisis. The United States and China have agreed to work with other countries to address the …

29 04 2021 | 13:45

Coronavirus Economic Recovery to Drive Second-Highest CO2 Emissions Jump on Record, IEA Warns.

One of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic was the record drop in greenhouse gas emissions following national lockdowns.

29 04 2021 | 09:43

Whitehaven’s Vickery coal folly.

Company’s shareholder wealth destruction is extreme and ongoing Whitehaven Coal has long set its strategic direction on the implicit assumption that the world would fail to deliver on the Paris…

29 04 2021 | 09:20

Energy giants demand billions from Dutch taxpayers for stranded coal assets.

New research undermines compensation claims for coal phaseout. Coal assets held by RWE and Uniper in the Netherlands are already economically unviable and have largely been written-down, according…

27 04 2021 | 17:10

Carbon capture goals miss the mark at Boundary Dam 3 coal plant.

Carbon capture at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 facility falls far short of projections. An announcement by a Canadian power company that it’s met carbon capture goals shouldn’t be taken at face value…

27 04 2021 | 15:48

Guyana: Despite contract terms that heavily favor ExxonMobil, missteps continue to plague productivity and drag down returns.

ExxonMobil announces production cuts and improved financials – transparency needed ExxonMobil Guyana ended the year with good news – local operations reached maximum capacity of 120,000 bpd by end…

27 04 2021 | 08:34

How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? It’s bizarre.

New mines won’t boost world demand for Australian coal — but they will cannibalise jobs from existing coalmines.

21 04 2021 | 06:46

Microplastics in air ‘spiral the globe’, pollution study finds.

Fragments being blown across continents and threatening ecosystems, researchers warn. Plastic particles in the air are being blown across continents by the wind, interfering with natural ecosystems …