Pope Francis Calls for Climate Action in Draft of Encyclical

Pope Francis offers a broad vision of an endangered planet, partly blaming human activity and fossil fuels for climate change while calling for people of all religions to take swift action, according to a leaked draft of his much-awaited environmental

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The need for good rules to ensure quality in a country

Interview with Roger Abravanel, expert in the energy business, rules and meritocracy You have written two important books – Meritocracy and Rules – two concepts that are closely linked to the world of energy. How would you interpret the energy

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The coal boom choking China

Chinese miners last year dug up 3.87bn tonnes of coal, more than enough to keep all four of the next largest users – the United States, India, the European Union and Russia – supplied for a year. The country is

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The Story of Energy – Where Does Our Power Come From?

Energy is critical to our modern lives. But our increasing demand for it has created a range of political, social and environmental problems.

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Why the G7 is talking about decarbonisation

In just a few years, the aim of a carbon-free energy system has gone from the realms of green fantasy to become official policy in the world’s richest countries. Meeting on June 7th and 8th in Bavaria, the Group of

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What sources of energy will the world run on in 2035?

The world is growing more and more hungry for energy. By 2035 global demand for energy may shoot up by more than one third, according to the World Energy Outlook 2010, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication. So where is

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Five G7 nations increased their coal use over a five-year period, research shows

Five of the world’s seven richest countries have increased their coal use in the last five years despite demanding that poor countries slash their carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, new research shows. Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and France

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Renewable energy target quadrupled globally since 2005

Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to a new report by IRENA. Renewable Energy Target Setting, launched on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, finds that 164 countries have adopted at least one type

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No Time for Games: Children’s health and Climate Change report

Australian children are the ones who will be most likely to suffer from increased cases of disease and infection as a result of climate change, former Australian of the Year and leading paediatrician Professor Fiona Stanley has warned. A new report by

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Nuclear Giants Take a Huge Hit

The European nuclear industry, led by France, seems to be in terminal decline as a result of the cancellation of a new Finnish reactor, technical faults in stations already under construction and severe financial problems. The French government owns 85

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