The China-US climate change agreement is a step forward for green power relations

The China-US joint climate change agreement is a full pendulum swing back from the failures of five years ago. Now the two countries have announced unilateral measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Significantly, China agreed to slow and then stop

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Storify about EU green light to subsidies for Hinkley Point nuclear plant

Read the main tweets on Storify  about European commission approves Hinkley Point nuclear subsidy deal.   Source: Storify Date: October 2014  

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Huge subsidies for Hinkley Point nuclear power station

On 8 October 2014, the European Commission gave the green light to the massive state aid that the UK government wants to give for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Votes were expressed against the decision

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EU approves Hinkley Point nuclear power station as costs raise by £8bn

The European commission in October gave Britain the green light for a huge government subsidy that will open the way for the first atomic power stations to be built for nearly 20 years. The ruling was welcomed by ministers and the

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Rockefeller heirs join pledge to divest $50 billion from fossil fuels

The Global Divest-Invest coalition announced the new entry: the Rockefellers heirs. Since the divestment movement launched three years ago, some 650 individuals and 180 institutions, including 50 new foundations, which hold over $50 billion in total assets, pledged to divest from

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Fossil fuel subsidies growing despite concerns

Today most energy sources are subsidised, and none more so than fossil fuels. Indeed in straight numerical terms, subsidies for oil, coal and gas far outweigh those for renewables. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2012 global fossil

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Fuelling controversy

The economic case for scrapping fossil-fuel subsidies is getting stronger. Globally, the cost of government subsidies for fossil fuels increased from $311 billion in 2009 to $544 billion in 2012, the IEA estimates. Source: The Economist Date: January 2014 Read the

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Glasgow becomes first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels

Glasgow University has become the first academic institution in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry, in a turning point for the British arm of the student-led global divestment movement. After 12 months of campaigning, led by the Glasgow University

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How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century

The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The two IEA technology roadmaps show

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Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds

Onshore wind is cheaper than coal, gas or nuclear energy when the costs of ‘external’ factors like air quality, human toxicity and climate change are taken into account, according to an EU analysis. The report says that for every megawatt hour

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