IEA warns of ‘worrying trend’ as global investment in renewables falls

Fossil fuels increased share of energy supply investment last year – the first time since 2014 The world’s energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a “worrying” pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to 8bn (£240bn) last year. The International Energy Agency said the decline is set […]

Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions of dollars | John Abraham

We’ll need to mitigate and adapt to global warming to avoid massive costs from sea level rise Ocean waters are rising because of global warming. They are rising for two reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, ice is melting. There is a tremendous amount of ice locked away in Greenland, Antarctica, and in glaciers. As […]

Tidal power to the people | Letters

Alicia Hull on tidal energy being more efficient than nuclear, Liam O’Keeffe underlines its benefits, and Sue Roaf shines a light on solar In his letter, Jim Waterton (30 June) protests too much. If tidal energy cannot be allowed without the possibility and costs of storage being certain, how is it that nuclear has been allowed when the costs and […]

Intermittent approach to renewable energy | Letters

We need an energy storage infrastructure, says Jim Waterton, the Swansea lagoon decision should be reviewed, argues Robert Hinton, while Dr Tim Lunel wants solar subsidies restored Intermittency – in one word, the main problem facing many (not all) forms of renewable energy; in the UK, principally wind and solar, and now tidal (Hinkley Point […]

Archaeologists stumble on Neolithic ritual site in Suffolk

Diggers laying groundwork for a new windfarm discover previously unknown site of international significance As diggers began to strip the daisies and buttercups and carve down through the parched clay of a field near Woodbridge in Suffolk that sloped down to a riverbank, with archaeologists watching over the pretty but apparently featureless site, something extraordinary […]

What if Canada had spent $200bn on wind energy instead of oil?

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Ben & Jerry’s joins the campaign to support onshore windfarms

With names like Strawberry Breezecake and Cherry Gale-cia, ice-cream maker pushes for government re-think Tubs of Strawberry Breeze-cake, Cherry Gale-cia and other wind-themed ice-creams will feature in a campaign by Ben & Jerry’s to persuade the government to rethink its opposition to onshore windfarms. The renamed flavours will be sold at half price on “windy […]

Windfarm experts publish no research and had no face-to-face meetings last year

Committee was set up by former prime minister Tony Abbott to handle complaints about wind turbine noise • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon An independent scientific committee on wind turbines established by the Coalition in 2015 failed to hold one face-to-face meeting last year and failed to […]

Deterring onshore windfarms means higher energy bills – Lord Deben

Ministers told there is no logical argument against turbines in areas that want them Ministers must come clean to households about the higher energy bills they face if the UK continues to deter new onshore windfarms, the government’s top climate change adviser has said. Lord Deben, the chair of the committee on climate change (CCC), […]

Pumped hydro projects unveiled as Tasmania bids to be ‘battery of the nation’

State and federal governments to confirm that 14 lake sites have been earmarked Pumped hydro projects generating energy at twice the scale of the much-vaunted Snowy 2.0 scheme will be identified across Tasmania on Wednesday, with modelling suggesting the proposal could deliver thousands of jobs between now and 2028. The Turnbull and Hodgman governments will […]