US taxpayers subsidising world’s biggest fossil fuel companies

The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given the threat of climate change. A Guardian investigation of three specific projects,

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Is it global warming or just the weather?

Scientists are getting more confident about attributing heatwaves and droughts to human influence Early this year, touring a drought-stricken fruit farm in California, Barack Obama cited the state’s three-year dry spell, the worst on record, as an example of the harm

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What you can do about climate change

Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming. This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101” series.

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UN climate chief says the science is clear: there is no space for new coal

The UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, has said there was “no space” for new coal developments and stressed the benefits of ambitious renewable energy targets after a meeting with representatives from seven Australian governments. At the meeting in Adelaide, organised by

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Areva Plans to Cut Thousands of Jobs

Beleaguered French nuclear engineering firm Areva SA plans to reduce its global payroll by between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort after years of losses. The largely government-owned company has opened talks with labor unions to find ways to

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The Costs of Climate Adaptation, Explained in 4 Infographics

As global temperatures climb, so do the costs of adapting to a warmer world. Severe weather events are becoming more frequent, creating major budget pressures for national governments, especially those in the developing world. Sea level is projected to rise

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The Future of Solar Energy

An Interdisciplinary MIT Study led by the MIT Energy Initiative. This study is the latest in the MIT Energy Initiative’s “Future of” series. Its predecessors have shed light on a range of complex and important issues involving energy and the

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IEA says renewables, efficiency to play biggest role in emissions reduction

The IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 report, released on Tuesday, says that renewable energy, alongside energy efficiency, will account for nearly 75 per cent of all emissions abatement in the global effort to limit warming to 2°C – the number

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Air pollution costs Europe $1.6tn a year in early deaths and disease, say WHO

The financial cost of air pollution in Europe stands at more than $1.6tn (£1.5tn) a year, a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found, equating to about a tenth of the GDP of the continent. While air pollution has

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A road not taken. The story of the Jimmy Carter White House solar installation

n 1979, Jimmy Carter, in a visionary move, installed solar panels on the roof of the White House. This symbolic installation was taken down in 1986 during the Reagan presidency. In 1991, Unity College, an environmentally-minded centre of learning in Maine

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