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Former European commissioner Connie Hedegaard agrees with Tony Abbott that wind turbines are not ‘beautiful’, but calls power plants ‘visually awful’The former European commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged countries to acknowledge the cost of reducing emissions to fight climate change, and called on politicians to shift away from short-term thinking
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2015-08-25 18:01:49
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015      Leave a Comment
In Dakar, an Uber-like SMS service has reduced the cost of emptying pit latrines by nearly half – and now customers can sell their waste to be turned into energy Related: Secret aid worker: I'm a sanitation specialist but I'm squeamish about poo On a stormy day in Dakar, Tina Gomis, a local woman in Sicap Mbao, laughs at the idea of selling her own excrement to the government
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2015-08-12 04:49:18
Friday, July 24th, 2015      Leave a Comment
A solar power project in a remote community in Zimbabwe is encouraging women to give birth in hospitals, and reducing their workloadFor a woman in parts of rural Zimbabwe the cost of two candles can be the difference between health and hunger, even life and death. Because many health clinics are far from the grid and lack electricity and therefore light, expectant mothers are told to bring their own candles when they feel that labour is approaching
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2015-07-24 03:38:17
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Proposed measures include cutting aid to small-scale solar power installations, with option of ending subsidies for roof-top panels earlier than expected The government has unveiled sweeping plans to cut subsidies to the renewable energy sector, saying costs are out of control and the consumer must be protected from soaring bills
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2015-07-22 03:20:44
Monday, July 20th, 2015      Leave a Comment
From Asia’s peat swamp forests to Europe’s wetlands, swamp farming can provide valuable low-carbon energy, wildlife habitat and a means of depolluting waterways – and help reduce carbon emissions in the processOn a boat drifting through a swampy reed plantation in the Polish Baltic, Szymon Smolczyński surveys his blanket of green crops destined to heat northern European homes
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2015-07-20 05:53:35
Sunday, July 12th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Improved air quality, energy efficiency and energy security, plus falling cost of renewables among extra gains of reducing global emissions, says Fergus GreenThe economic benefits for a country from tackling climate change easily outweigh the costs, according to a study that seeks to highlight the incentives for individual nations to take urgent action to cut emissions
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2015-07-12 18:01:07
Thursday, July 9th, 2015      Leave a Comment
London can still become a world-leading green city with a third runway at Heathrow as long as it backs solar roofs, electric cars and a bigger congestion zoneThe next mayor of London needs to be committed to making our city a better place to live; both more affordable and greener. The high cost of renting, public transport and low wages are one side of the challenge’ while the need to reduce CO2 emissions, tackle air pollution and offer new sources of green jobs are the other
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2015-07-09 02:00:08
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
New high for clean energy generation beckons as heatwave continuesSunny weather and a recent surge in solar panel installations means that solar power could provide a record 15% of the UK’s electricity on Friday afternoon.Torrid heat tends to slightly reduce solar panels’ generating capacities, and with fresher conditions forecast across much of the UK, the amount of solar in the electricity mix could reach a new peak at 2pm tomorrow
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2015-07-02 10:51:21
Monday, June 29th, 2015      Leave a Comment
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has finalised its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) levels, higher than its earlier plan for a 15-30 percent cut.

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2015-06-29 20:32:23
Monday, June 29th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government needs to extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global warming, Britain's climate change adviser said on Tuesday.
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2015-06-29 18:16:55
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015      Leave a Comment
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A district court ordered the Dutch government on Wednesday to ensure that the Netherlands reduces greenhouse gas emissions at a faster rate than currently targeted.

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2015-06-24 05:05:35
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Chamber of commerce says deal surmounts ‘major hurdle’ as Greens and environmentalists attack Coalition pledge to create a windfarm commissionerLegislation to reduce the renewable energy target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000gWh has passed both houses of parliament. The Senate sat late on Tuesday to pass the bill
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2015-06-23 19:03:13
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
A draft of a major environmental document by Pope Francis says “the bulk of global warming” is caused by human activity and calls on people — especially the world’s rich — to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.

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2015-06-16 09:48:03
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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Bill Shorten accuses PM of hurting investment in renewables as Abbott says his government is working to reduce the number of ‘visually awful’ turbines Tony Abbott finds windfarms visually awful and agrees they may have “potential health impacts”, and says the deal on the renewable energy target was designed to reduce their numbers as much as the current Senate would allow
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2015-06-10 17:47:35
Sunday, June 7th, 2015      Leave a Comment
KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) - Japan said on Sunday it would favor the Group of Seven major industrial democracies setting their own target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in a boost for efforts to combat global warming.
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2015-06-07 13:58:59