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G7 countries spend $100 billion on fossil fuels despite climate pledges

G7 countries spend $100 billion on fossil fuels despite climate pledges

A new study has found that G7 countries spend at least $100 billion each year on supporting fossil fuels, while they limit the economic growth of developing countries by encouraging them to reduce fossil fuel subsidies. The Group of Seven (G7) is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, […]

Major coal innovation on the cusp of breakthrough

Major coal innovation on the cusp of breakthrough

Researchers from Ohio State University in Columbus believe they have found a way to generate power with coal, without emitting pollution, through a process called coal-direct chemical looping. The process burns fossil fuels and biomass in pressurised reactors, with metal oxide producing the oxygen needed for combustion. This “loops” gases […]

Eastern Europe cannot afford a rapid transition from coal

Eastern Europe cannot afford a rapid transition from coal

Countries across Eastern Europe have expressed plans to continue burning coal for decades to come, insisting they do not have the finances to transition to other forms of energy. Coal producers, such as Romania which produces a quarter of its energy from coal, argue that the commodity is crucial for […]

Cuadrilla confirms injunction against fracking protesters

Cuadrilla confirms injunction against fracking protesters

Cuadrilla Resources has secured an expanded injunction against protestors at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, following the leaps it took towards commencing its fracking operations on a significant scale. One court case revealed that the police had advised the firm to take the injunctions out against activists after […]

Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

Trump orders grid operators to buy electricity from coal and nuclear plants

The Trump administration is to instruct grid operators to purchase electricity from coal and nuclear power plants as part of US President Trump’s pledge to protect the US coal industry. Under the proposed intervention, the Department of Energy (DOE) would execute emergency authority in order to direct operators to purchase […]

Tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine over Nord Stream

Tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine over Nord Stream

The Ukrainian President has ordered the seizure of the country’s overseas assets of Gazprom and its shares in the Nord Stream gas pipeline as it looks to enforce a Stockholm tribunal ruling against the Russian giant. A Dutch court has approved the petition to freeze assets in the Netherlands as […]

Swansea tidal project set to be rejected

Swansea tidal project set to be rejected

A £1.3 billion tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay is expected to be rejected by ministers in the coming days due to the vast subsidies it would require from UK taxpayers. Provisional backing of £200 million was provided by financial institutions led by Prudential for the proposal by Tidal Lagoon […]

CCS project in the north-east reaches halfway point

CCS project in the north-east reaches halfway point

A feasibility study into a potential carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in the north-east is “50% complete” and Acorn, the company behind the project, said it could be even greater than previous CCS plans at the site. Acorn, who are assessing the plans to build a CCS project at […]