Environment News

Fossil fuel still subsidies up to 4 times renewable energy

A frequent criticism of renewable energy is the amount of Government subsidy it attracts. Hard-earned tax-payers money is used to fund Feed-in-Tariffs for solar panels, pay land-owners for Wind energy and other forms of renewable energy infrastructure. Isn’t it terrible shout the sceptics, by now, renewable energy should be self-funding and succeed or fail by the strict rules of the free market. In practice energy is too crucial to modern

Gobal investment in renewables

While we in the UK are struggling with the economics of buying French state owned nuclear technology run by Chinese state owned contractors, the rest of the word is seeing huge growth in renewables with record worldwide investment and implementation of clean energy such as wind, solar and hydropower in 2015. Some 147 Gigawatts of renewable electricity came online in 2015 – the largest annual increase ever and as much

Fracking

This week North Yorkshire County Council voted 7-4 in favour of Third Energy’s application to extract shale gas by fracking at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. It’s been five years since the last fracking project was halted due to earth tremors and you get the impression that the Government is champing at the bit to approve projects ever since. The decision was controversial with 4,300 objections

Where does my household waste go

No matter what your political persuasion, most of us get the benefits of recycling: reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill and putting valuable resources back into the world to be reused saving further energy and resources. Where the author lives in Warwickshire in the UK, we have three separate bins for household waste: A black bin for non-recylable waste. A blue top bin for anything recyclable such

Germany renewable production

On Sunday May 8th, at 11 a.m. local time, the total output of German solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass reached 55 gigawatts (GW), just short of the 58 GW consumed by every light bulb, washing machine, water heater and personal computer humming away on Sunday morning. According to Agora Energiewende, a German clean energy think tank, this 90% figure is a new record and a major milestone in Germany’s long term

Germany commits to solar panels and wind power

Germany is leading the way in developing solar and wind power as part of their radical change of energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Their latest North Sea offshore wind energy farm is another milestone in Germany’s ambitious project that has already produced striking results: Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources. Many smaller countries are beating that, but

Lord Stern

Lord Stern, one of the world’s most influential voices on climate economics, is highly critical of those that take a narrow view prosperity and ignore the devastating consequences of global warming. “You have to be a complete idiot to think that GDP sums up prosperity,” says Stern, who believes we need to change the way we measure economic success and wealth. Stern, who wrote the landmark 2006 Stern review of

Germany sets new high, generating 74 percent of energy needs from renewable energy, solar, wind and hydro etc

On Sunday 11 May 2014, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a new record — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall energy demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International. In the first

Global dip in renewable market share but generation grows

Global investment in renewables fell by 14% during 2013, but the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources still grew, according to a new United Nations report – Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 It said investment fell for the second year in a row because of cheaper technology such as falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems, but also as a result of uncertainty surrounding energy policy. However, falling

satellite image uk storm

There has been a catalogue of unprecedented weather events in recent times, leaving politicians and authorities powerless. Rainfall in many areas in the UK has been twice the average for January and February and has left large parts of southern England under water now and for the foreseeable future. The US has been hit by a second wave of snow storms in the North East – Second wave of huge snow