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The World's Ever-Increasing Hunger for Coal

By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung and Wieland Wagner, Speigel Online, July 22, 2010

Coal-fired power stations are a major producer of the greenhouse gas CO2, but there is no alternative to the fuel in the near future. Energy companies are hoping that carbon capture and storage technologies may be the answer, but many local residents don't want CO2 stored under their backyards.

A Game of Atomic Poker

By Carsten Volkery, Spiegel Online, July 21, 2010

Britain's Nuclear Renaissance in Doubt under New Government

Britain's previous government had visions of a nuclear renaissance for the country. But the new energy minister in London is an atomic energy opponent and utility companies, including two based in Germany, fear he may derail their plans.

EU to allow coal state aid for four more years

By Foo Yun Chee, Reuters, July 20, 2010

* Subsidy regime extended to Oct. 15, 2014
* EU climate chief says to pursue low carbon fuels
* Environmentalists welcome decision
* Internal commission document had showed sharp divisions

Waste Britain: UK's emissions could be cut at flick of a switch

By Susie Mesure, The Independent, 18 July 2010

Basic energy-saving measures could slash domestic carbon gases by up to a third

Government aims to spark anaerobic digestion boom

James Murray, BusinessGreen, 06 Jul 2010

Ministers meet with industry to identify barriers to adoption of waste-to-energy technology

A Green Retreat

by Stefan Theil, Newsweek, July 12, 2010

Why the environment is no longer a sure-fire political winner.

Four Possible BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come

Michael T. Klare,, June 22, 2010

The disaster in the Gulf is no anomaly. It's an arrow pointing toward future disasters.

A Dose of Corporate Reality

by Ray Grigg, Shades of Green, June 19, 2010

Look deeply into the oil-soaked waters of the Gulf of Mexico to get a clear insight into the corporate reality that entangles our economic system and threatens our environmental security.

'We Have the Technology to End Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels'

Christoph Seidler, Der Spiegel, June 10, 2010

Bertrand Piccard has been working on a solar-powered plane for almost a decade and hopes to fly it around the world in 2013. He spoke to SPIEGEL ONLINE about ending the world's addiction to fossil fuels, the aviation industry's need to change and how he plans to stay awake during the round-the-world flight.

It's about the carbon

by Bill McKibben, Christian Century Magazine, June 1, 2010

What's worse than the gulf oil leak?

The sudden, hideous explosion of oil in the Gulf of Mexico is the latest reminder of who we really are. By we, I mean:

China Ignites Global Coal Market

By SHAI OSTER, Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2010

BEIJING—China's growing appetite for imported coal has ignited coal prices and fueled deal making on the belief that the country, once a major coal exporter, will be a long-term buyer of foreign coal.

Quest for oil leaves trail of damage across the globe

By Tom Knudson, McClatchy Newspapers, May 16, 2010

Like many of her neighbors, Celina Harpe is angry about the oil pollution at her doorstep. No longer can she eat the silvery fish that dart along the shore near her home. Even the wind that hurries over the water reeks of oil waste.

"I get so mad," she said. "I feel very sad."

Does Deep Sea Drilling Have a Future?

By Philip Bethge, Alexander Jung, Nils Klawitter and Renate Nimtz-Koester, Der Spiegel, May 13, 2010

The Risky Hunt for the Last Oil Reserves

The oil catastrophe afflicting the Gulf of Mexico underscores just how dangerous offshore oil exploration can be.

Small Towns Take On the Energy Giants

Ralph Diermann, Spiegel Online, April 16, 2010

Giant gravel batteries could make renewable energy more reliable

Alok Jha,, 26 April, 2010

Wind and solar power are often criticised for being too intermittent, but Cambridge researchers could change that

Visible from space, deadly on Earth: the gas flares of Nigeria

Daniel Howden, The Independent, 27 April 2010

Shell's activities in the West African country are under scrutiny

Launching Of OPEC-Like Gas Cartel Premature - Algeria

Eurasia Review, April 19, 2010

Algerian Minister of Energy and Mining Chakib Khalil said on Monday that it was premature for the gas exporting countries to launch a cartel along the same lines of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

World Bank Lends Eskom $3.75 Billion for South African Power Plant

By Carli Lourens and Sandrine Rastello,, April 9, 2010

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Eskom Holdings Ltd., the state-owned power utility that supplies 95 percent of South Africa’s electricity, was granted a $3.75 billion World Bank loan to help fund expansion aimed at preventing a repeat of 2008 blackouts.

Interest in Baffin Bay oil 'high'

Bloomberg, Edmonton Journal, April 10, 2010

Greenland says "interest is high" in its oil licence round in the Baffin Bay, an area shared with Canada that may hold as much as 18 billion barrels of oil.

Oil finds shift focus on Latin America, April 1, 2010

A series of unrelated oil industry developments in Latin America are shifting focus from the Middle East to the South American continent as a major source of hydrocarbon energy in the coming decade.

Moratorium urged on Arctic oil and gas

Open Letter, COC-IEN-REDOIL, March 26, 2010

The Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Alaska-based REDOIL Network have written an open letter to the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia and the United States who will be present at the Arctic Summit in Chelsea, Quebec on March 29, 2010.

China: 'no intention' of capping emissions

By Lan Lan, China Daily, 2010-Feb-25

But country 'still committed' to reducing carbon intensity

China has no intention of capping its greenhouse gas emissions even as authorities are committed to realizing the nation's target to reduce carbon intensity through new policies and measures, the country's top climate change negotiators said yesterday.

China prepares for an ice-free Arctic

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), March 1, 2010

For immediate release (Stockholm/Oslo)

China is preparing for the Arctic being navigable during summer months. An ice-free Arctic would provide China shorter shipping routes, possible access to natural resources and the incentive for closer cooperation with Arctic nations, especially the Nordic countries. But it also raises the possibility of new international tensions, according to a new SIPRI study launched in Oslo today.

Could carbon credit schemes save the whale?

Liz Kalauger, Environmental Research Web, Feb 26, 2010

It's likely that commercial whaling has released around one hundred million tons of carbon to the atmosphere over a century or so. That's according to researcher Andrew Pershing, who believes that carbon credit schemes could be employed as an incentive to protect whales and large fish such as bluefin tuna.

Are we really going to let ourselves be duped into this solar panel rip-off?

By George Monbiot, the Guardian, 2nd March 2010

The feed-in tariffs about to be introduced here are extortionate, useless and deeply regressive.

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