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Free footy tickets lure oil workers to renewables

19 Jul 17 - Redundant North Sea energy workers are being offered free football tickets to build revolutionary new electricity storage systems.

Some biofuels worse than fossil fuels, warns report

18 Jul 17 - Biofuel use needs to increase to help to fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Wood-for-coal switch would save us millions

14 Jul 17 - Using wood instead of coal to provide industrial heat would cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by 460,000 tonnes and save more than $11 million a year in carbon credits, a new report says.

Handful of fossil fuel producers feed global emissions

11 Jul 17 - A mere 25 fossil fuel producers have accounted for just over half of global greenhouse emissions emissions in the past three decades, a new report says.

It's nonsense to say fracking can be made safe

30 Jun 17 - research can help to produce guidelines to reduce the risks associated with fracking, but ultimately it makes no sense to talk of fracking being entirely safe.

State should show the way, says bioenergy group

Brian Cox

29 Jun 17 - The Government needs to put its new energy efficiency strategy into place – and State-owned operations are the place to start, says the Bioenergy Assocation.

Fossil lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa

29 Jun 17 - South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations.


Closing nuclear plants threatens climate targets

29 Jun 17 - Closing nuclear plants in Europe and North America from 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless governments build new nuclear plants or expand the use of renewables.

Cutting emissions would slow growth, officials claim

28 Jun 17 - The Government is dealing with criticism of its industrial emissions target by turning it into a bottom line instead of a goal.

Science splits ranks over fossil fuel phase-out

28 Jun 17 - US academics are arguing with ferocity about how to achieve a fossil fuel phase out. But, for now, the debate is entirely academic.

Energy major talks of falling fossil fuel demand

27 Jun 17 - One of the world’s biggest energy companies sees problems ahead with falling fossil fuel demand and huge growth in renewables.

Renewable energy no longer niche investment

26 Jun 17 - Institutional investors remain eager to put money to work on renewable energy projects even as US President Donald Trump has vowed to revive their chief competitor: coal.

Not so much coal about ... but we're burning more

23 Jun 17 - New Zealand’s coal consumption is climbing.

Top banks still lend billions to extract fossil fuels

23 Jun 17 - Some of the world’s top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders.

Renewables investment by 2040 will be in the trillions

23 Jun 17 - More than $10 trillion will be invested in new power generation capacity by 2040, of which nearly three-quarters will be in renewables.

SUCKER PUNCH: Plant pulls CO2 directly from the air

23 Jun 17 - On the roof of a waste incinerator outside Zurich, a Swiss firm has built the world’s first commercial plant to suck CO2 directly from the air.

Government keeps lid on Buller mining papers

22 Jun 17 - The Government is refusing to release briefing papers on proposed new coal mines on the Buller Plateau.

Tyre mountains will be turned into biofuels

22 Jun 17 - An Otaki company with a plan to turn mountains of waste tyres into biofuels says the key to success is processing them at multiple sites around the country.

World’s largest coal company to retire 37 mines

21 Jun 17 - The largest coal mining company in the world, Coal India, has announced plans to decommission a total of 37 mines which are no longer economically viable.


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