26

NOV

Sources of coal, gas and oil

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Crude oil prices are at a four-year low and the Overseas Development Institute has accused world governments of failing to live up to promises to reduce subsidies for fossil fuels, with G20 nations spending a whopping £56 billion finding new sources of coal, gas and oil. Here in the UK, a major new coal find has been reported in the Firth of Forth, with plans to extract gas and sway public opinion towards shale gas extraction laid out in the form of a propose

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24

NOV

In an increasingly urban world, there is a demand for big buildings that can be built with greater concern for environmental and climate impact

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In an increasingly urban world, there is a demand for big buildings that can be built with greater concern for environmental and climate impact. This has seen wood emerge from the building archives as a possible material for the future. Canada-based architect, and perhaps appropriately-named Michael Green has been talking big about the potential of wood. Very big indeed, in fact his firm has drawn up plans for a 30-storey wood tower for Vancouver. So convinced is Green that he’

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21

NOV

Behaviour change will go hand in hand with a low carbon future

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Behaviour change will go hand in hand with a low carbon future – and it’s important to catch people early. Schools are playing their role, and finding that a range of partners are happy to step in to lend a helping hand. The enthusiasm of youth is a great thing to nurture – and there certainly seems to be demand to get involved in with green initiatives. For example, a primary school in Ibrox, Glasgow, is to add an ‘eco squad’ to its existing ‘eco commit

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20

NOV

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)have been in place in the UK since 2008

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)have been in place in the UK since 2008. But have we made maximum use of them in promoting energy efficiency? In the Netherlands they’re taking a radical new approach –  by sending every home in the country a document with their A to G home energy rating. Big data on homes and energy is now a major part of EST’s work. We coordinateRequest2Action, a project that brings together energy agencies across Europe; working together to make b

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18

NOV

An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030

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An ambitious home energy efficiency plan could add nearly £14 billion to UK GDP by 2030, according to a  new report from campaign group Energy Bill Revolution. An apt year, considering a deal on EU climate targets up to then has just been agreed. The group says such a GDP boost would mean £3.20 was generated for every pound invested, as well as offering £1.27 in tax revenue back from the accelerated green economy within the decade – certainly an att

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10

NOV

By 2025, nearly half of all UK infrastructure spending could be on renewable energy

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By 2025, nearly half of all UK infrastructure spending could be on renewable energy, according to new figures from the government’s construction data provider. £81billion in new spending is proposed by then, with all but 17 of the schemes brand new developments. While not all of them will become reality, it does mark a distinct change in the level of priority given to generating green energy on these shores. This is good news; secure and low carbon technologies need to incre

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10

NOV

Electric vehicles offer drivers an opportunity to shake their fossil fuel addiction

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Electric vehicles offer drivers an opportunity to shake their fossil fuel addiction, but such a feel-good change does not mean that EV technology experts are resting on their laurels. There is always room to make things cleaner, cheaper and more practical. ‘Range anxiety’, although diminishing as the performance of EVs is more widely understood, still remains a reason why some drivers and organisations don’t take the plunge. Scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Techn

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10

NOV

Humans are causing irreversible damage to the planet

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Humans are causing irreversible damage to the planet from burning fossil fuels, the biggest ever study of the available science concluded in a report designed to spur the fight against climate change.There’s a high risk of widespread harm from rising global temperatures, including floods, drought, extinction of species and ocean acidification, if the trend for increasing carbon emissions continues, a panel convened by a United Nations body said today in Copenhagen. Humans can avoid the wor

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7

NOV

Humans are causing irreversible damage to the planet from burning fossil fuels, the biggest ever study of the available science concluded in a report designed to spur the fight against climate change.

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There’s a high risk of widespread harm from rising global temperatures, including floods, drought, extinction of species and ocean acidification, if the trend for increasing carbon emissions continues, a panel convened by a United Nations body said today in Copenhagen. Humans can avoid the worst if they significantly cut emissions and do so swiftly, it said. “We must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly disruptive outcomes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki

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