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'Climate emergency' is Word of the Year

Today 10:30am - Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate.

We need to find ways to store extra energy

Today 10:30am - When the grid depends on clean but sporadic natural resources like wind and the sun, we’re going to need ways to capture any extra energy they produce so we can use it later.

EU cities confront building emissions

Today 10:30am - The European Union last year embarked on a mission to decarbonise the building sector, currently responsible for 40% of the bloc’s energy use.

BAMBOO BONUS: Plant-based building materials do the job

Today 10:30am - Increasing the use of bamboo in the building sector could play a big role in fighting climate change, researchers believe.

Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to make 1000deg heat

Thursday - Bill Gates is backing a venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1000degC that could help to replace fossil fuels.

Can carbon offsets tackle airlines’ emissions problem?

Thursday - Not everyone is convinced that climate sins can be absolved through projects based on simple carbon accounting.

California makes stand against major carmakers

Thursday - California says it won't buy cars from General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan and other automakers that are aligning with the Trump administration in its battle over emissions rules.


Vietnam has a remarkable wind-energy story

Thursday - Vietnam is rising as Southeast Asia’s new wind hero, with power capacity soon to dwarf that of all other Asean nations.

'Green' cement step closer to cutting emissions

Wednesday - Scientists have developed a “green” cement that could go a long way to cutting the construction industry’s emissions and making it more sustainable.

Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high

Wednesday - Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this year rose to its highest in over a decade.

Casualties mount in Bolivia's battle for white gold

Wednesday - The overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales shows how the politics of environmentalism and social justice intersect in a silvery-white metal.

DIRTY SECRETS: Space camera tells tale of shipping pollution

Wednesday - Exhausts from dirty heavy oils used in ships leave a telltale trail of such dense cloud that they can be tracked from space.

Crisis might have triggered faster wind speeds

Wednesday - The global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the growing number of windfarms.

Green new-dealers go all out on housing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Tuesday - US political firebrands Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have unveiled the next step to their Green New Deal plan with a bill focused entirely on reimagining public housing.

Germany approves climate protection law

Tuesday - The German lower house has approved a major climate protection package which aims to ensure the country will meet its 2030 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

BARS NOT CARS: What to do with your old parking buildings

Tuesday - Shopper numbers in UK city centres are falling, leaving car parks empty – and councils are finding innovative ways to repurpose the space.

Even Nobel Prize winners can get it wrong

Tuesday - William Nordhause was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. But his predictions of what global heating will cost us are dangerously at odds with the science.

THAT'S THE SPIRIT: Vodka made from CO2

Tuesday - In Brooklyn, they're making vodka without potatoes or grains. The key ingredients are hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide.

No more money for fossil-fuel projects, says EIB

Monday - The European Investment Bank will stop funding fossil-fuel projects at the end of 2021, a landmark decision that potentially deals a blow to billions of dollars of gas projects in the pipeline.


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