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March 31, 2016 New coal plants rise in 2015 despite falling consumption

Source: Carbon Brief

The fact that coal consumption has now declined for two consecutive years is a major factor in allowing carbon emissions to stall and perhaps fall in 2014 and 2015. An increasing number of plants are being retired, while many...

March 31, 2016 Government's plan (UK) for secure power generation 'unfit for purpose': report

Source: The Guardian

A £2.8bn government scheme funded by energy bill payers which aims to keep the lights on in Britain has been condemned as wasteful, expensive and “unfit for purpose” in a damning report.

March 30, 2016 New study shows desert mangroves are major source of carbon storage

Source: Phys.org

Researchers found that short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts. The new study led by researchers at...

March 29, 2016 Too early to hail dip in China’s CO2, despite coal fall-study

Source: Reuters

Reports of a historic dip in China‘s carbon dioxide emissions in the past two years are premature because of uncertainty over data showing the pace of a decline in coal use by the world’s biggest consumer, a study showed on...

March 28, 2016 Record Renewable Energy Investment in 2015

Source: Maritime Executive

Developing world investments in renewables topped those of developed nations for the first time in 2015, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 report.

March 22, 2016 Electric cars, not solar panels, more likely to cut NZ carbon footprint - report

Source: Stuff.com.nz

Concept says an electric vehicle could cut annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 tonnes over the long-term. The vehicles would be charged from low-emission power sources in New Zealand and usually at off-peak times, such as...

March 22, 2016 Nearly 1 in 5 home appliances (Europe) uses more energy than advertised, survey finds

Source: The Guardian

European electronic goods study finds devices from fridge freezers and tumble driers to digital radios and vacuums using more electricity than advertised

March 22, 2016 Wind power: funding body spends $3.3m on research into turbines' health impact

Source: The Guardian

An Australian research council has given two grants worth $3.3m to research the impact of wind turbines on human health despite concluding last year there was no evidence turbine noise was harmful.

March 10, 2016 Wind Power Can Help Older Tonnage Compete with Newer Eco-Ships, Says New Study

Ship Bunker - and environmental think-tank the Carbon War Room. According to a summary of the report the exact fuel savings that can be achieved will depend on weather patterns along the route, but also the design of the ship,...

February 22, 2016 Majority of Americans support government action on energy security, poll shows

Source: The Daily Texan

A majority of Americans across the political spectrum say government and industry should cooperate to strengthen U.S. energy security, according to the semiannual UT Energy Poll. The poll, released during UT’s Energy Week,...

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