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Can Japan's climate policy get back on track after Fukushima?

At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear power. Less than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against climate change when it helped broker the Kyoto protocol. »
17 April 2015, 20:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Why fossil fuel divestment is a misguided tactic

A divestment campaign may raise awareness but this gesture politics does not constitute an effective policy to deal with the risks of climate change. Continue reading... »
17 April 2015, 20:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Mary Robinson: Developing nations must move rapidly beyond fossil fuels

Rich world must support poorest countries to transition from fossil fuels much faster than they have to keep unburnable reserves in the ground, says UN climate change envoy. Continue reading... »
17 April 2015, 13:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback

Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming Continue reading... »
16 April 2015, 15:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels

Oil firm invested billions of pounds in clean and low-carbon energy in the 80s and 90s but later abandoned meaningful efforts to move away from fossil fuels and locked away the research. »
16 April 2015, 09:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Big business using trade groups to lobby against EU climate policy

Major multinational companies with strong sustainability policies are, at the same time, members of trade associations lobbying against climate policy. When we embarked on our research into how trade groups are lobbying on EU climate policy, we knew trade associations were likely to be influential. »
15 April 2015, 17:21 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030

The circular economy offers opportunities to boost jobs and tackle climate change, according to study on Sweden by The Club of Rome. Odds are, your mobile phone is less than two years old. Today’s economy is built on a “fast turnover” principle. The faster we replace our gadgets the better – not only our phones, but most items we consume. »
15 April 2015, 14:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief

Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal. Poor countries are feeling “the boot of climate change on their neck”, the president of the World Bank has said, as he called for a carbon tax and the immediate scrapping of subsidies for fossil fuels to hold back global warming. »
13 April 2015, 21:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Never mind the oil – bringing Texas to Surrey would spell disaster

Environmental and financial risks mean the discovery of massive oil reserves in south-east England represents a threat, not a bonanza. The British fossil fuel industry is rubbing its hands in glee. UK Oil and Gas Investments has described massive oil reserves discovered in the south-east of England as a “world-class resource”. »
13 April 2015, 14:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

US carbon emissions set to fall to lowest level in two decades

Analysts say decline of coal and rise of wind and solar will lead to significant fall in emissions this year, reports RTCC. US efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions look set for a huge boost this year, with carbon pollution from the power sector set to fall to its lowest level since 1994. »
10 April 2015, 17:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy

Canadian city of 600,000 people is the latest to announce it will use only green energy for electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning within 20 years. Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy. »
10 April 2015, 13:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Can volcanoes tackle climate change?

Two hundred years ago a volcanic eruption cooled the Earth and led to Mary Shelley creating Frankenstein. As scientists consider radical measures to deal with global warming, Jack Stilgoe assesses experiments with potentially monstrous ramifications. Continue reading... »
10 April 2015, 13:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Investing in fossil fuels goes against health charities' aims, says Jonathon Porritt

Wellcome Trust and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation investing in coal, oil and gas companies is ‘out of kilter’ with their work on climate change, according to leading environmentalist. »
10 April 2015, 10:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Australia's climate change 'debate' all talk and no action

Climate policy has become more untenable over the past nine months as the Coalition built its rhetorical smokescreen. Continue reading... »
10 April 2015, 07:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Europe's carbon capture dream beset by delays, fears and doubt

Plans for a major new trial for carbon capture and storage technology at a cement factory in Norway have sparked anger and divided the environmental movement. »
9 April 2015, 18:50 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Japan to pledge 20% CO2 cut – reports

Target of cutting emissions 20% by 2030 on 2005 levels would be much lower than other major developed economies due to post-Fukuhsima uncertainty. Japan will promise to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2013 levels ahead of a global summit on climate change this year, a report said Thursday, despite uncertainty over post-Fukushima energy policy. »
9 April 2015, 12:30 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Nobel prize winners join call for charities to divest from fossil fuels

Laureates, including former Wellcome Trust employee Sir John Sulston, argue that investments by charities conflict with their aims of improving public health. Continue reading... »
8 April 2015, 20:40 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Canada glaciers to shrink 70% by 2100

Glaciers of Alberta and British Columbia to shrink 70% in volume by end of the century, as global warming brings about serious melting. Continue reading... »
7 April 2015, 13:00 - guardian - Search similar - Email

Great Barrier Reef: new report slams government's 'weak' recovery plan

Experts call for greater action on climate change, and warn that opening up huge new coalmines in Queensland could cause permanent damage to the reef. The federal government’s plan to reverse the decline of the Great Barrier Reef is “weak” and requires greater action in six key areas, including climate change, according to a new report. »
6 April 2015, 21:10 - guardian - Search similar - Email