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China Has Built A Massive Solar Farm In The Shape Of A Cute Panda

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Tech

If governments are worried that there isn’t enough public enthusiasm for investment in renewable energy, then may we suggest turning solar plants in...

World's Largest Coal Company Closes 37 Of Its Mines Thanks To Green Energy

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech

The biggest coal mining company in the world has announced that it will close 37 coal mines in India, because they are no longer financially viable. ...

China Has Just Finished The World's Largest Floating Solar Project

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Tech

China has recently finished work on something pretty extraordinary: A huge solar array that floats on the surface of a lake. It is the largest floatin...

How UK Cities Are Dealing With The Problem Of Air Pollution

Phillip Othen | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The problem of air pollution in cities isn’t new. Back in 1661, diarist John Evelyn published an attack on the ‘hellish and dismal cloud of sea-co...

Britain's Set For Its First Day Without Coal Since The Industrial Revolution

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Tech

This story has been updated. Friday (21 April) is set to be the first day since the industrial revolution that the UK won’t generate any electricity...

Governments Are Finally Moving Away From Coal – Here's The Proof

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Tech

The number of coal-fired power plants in pre-construction fell by almost half (48%) in 2016 after governments dropped hundreds of projects. A new repo...

The UK's Plummeting Use Of Coal Has Already Reduced Our CO2 Emissions

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Tech

The UK’s carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by an impressive 6 per cent after a massive reduction in coal use. CO2 emissions from coal fell a mass...

This Is The Greenest Place On Earth...

Jen Barton | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Costa Rica is the Central American country known for its extraordinary biodiversity (over half a million different species of plants and animals call ...

China Just Scrapped Over 100 Coal-Fired Power Stations To Stop An Environmental Disaster

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech

China has cancelled 103 coal-fired power plants in a dramatic bid to meet its own energy targets, the government announced this week. The state has co...

Renewable Energy's iPhone Moment

Dr Eddie O'Connor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Eddie O'Connor

Renewable energy is reaching a similar moment - its 'iPhone moment'. Technology advances and accumulated expertise in construction and deployment of wind and solar energy have come together in a way that has created a true tipping point in the energy industry.

Wind Power Overtakes Coal For The First Time Ever In The UK

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech

It is not often we hear good news about the environment, but 2017 is starting on a high as renewable energy has already had its first win of the year....

This Shocking Photo Sums Up Just How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Has Become

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Tech

If you thought London’s pollution crisis couldn’t get any worse, take a look at this terrifying photo from Beijing. Beijing from the air as smog ...

Message To Donald Trump: The Clean Energy Transition Is Not Up For Debate

Barry Gardiner | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

While Donald Trump makes up his "open mind" on climate change, the shift to a net zero global economy is accelerating on the ground. Although America's new President can hold back American progress, he cannot fundamentally derail the irreversible transition to a low carbon future.

Finland Could Be The First Country To Ban Coal Power

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech

Finland is widely expected to become the first country in the world to actually ban the use of coal power stations. The government is being tipped to ...

Trumped: Ten Impacts On Energy And Climate

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Assaad W Razzouk

On Wednesday, the United States elected a coal-loving, oil and gas-funded climate denier as President. Here are 10 developments you can count on in the energy and climate world.

Brassed Off: Class War Drama Is A Class Act On The Yorkshire Stage

Rob Atkinson | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rob Atkinson

As a fine piece of theatre, Brassed Off is strongly recommended and deservedly attracted the attention of the local BBC Look North programme, which prominently featured the production in the middle of its run. But as a raw and gritty slice-of-life take on some of the most troubled times anyone can remember since the last war, it's genuinely important - and a very timely reminder of the industrial heritage we all still share.

Coal Companies Have Two Problems: The Age of Coal is Over and People Reminding Them of That Fact

Rolf Schuttenhelm | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Tech
Rolf Schuttenhelm

The coal industry is cracking, globally. Several nations are declaring themselves coal free, shutting down coal plants and withdrawing billions of potentially stranded coal investments.

A Defining Part Of Britain Ended This Morning With A Cup Of Tea And A Polite Salute

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK

Coal mining in Britain fuelled the industrial revolution, provided millions of jobs after the Second World War and defined Maggie Thatcher's premiersh...

The Death of Coal Mining in Britain Is About More Than Industry - It's About People, Families

Jody Thompson | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK
Jody Thompson

While all the news reports are focussing on how coal literally fuelled the industrial revolution, how at one point, one million miners were working in pits, how Big Coal is now over and heavy industry all but kaput in the UK, no one is really talking about how coal mining built communities, cultures, families, memories. My memories.

Show Me the Climate Money: UN Climate Deal Is a Triumph, now Onto Bridging a Huge Investment Gap

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Assaad W Razzouk

The Paris Agreement reached on 12 December is a triumph of the human spirit, built around the world class diplomacy of France, the UNFCCC Executive Se...

In Paris, We Let China Off the Hook

Paul Reza Afshar | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Paul Reza Afshar

I was told to bring gifts to my first Chinese business negotiation. Something British, and expensive. Arriving I indulged in the obligatory double-handed presentation of business cards and studiously examined my counterpart's credentials. 'Give him face' I was told. I was ebullient with esteem, commenting on the seniority of his position and the size of his office.

Coal Is Not the Answer for the World's Poorest People, But Tell That to the Lobbyists

Chris Bain | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK
Chris Bain

CAFOD, the development agency I lead, began campaigning on climate change long before the links between poverty and the environment were established. We listened to our partners on the ground telling us that extreme and unpredictable weather was pushing vulnerable people over the edge...

Time for the Government to Practice What it Preaches on Coal

Joe Ware | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

'Export Credit Guarantees' have to be the most boring opening three words of any Huffington Post article. But so often the important stuff is buried ...

David Cameron's Ideological Assault on the Environment Could Have Catastrophic Consequences Beyond Our Own Borders

Seb Dance | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

Our current political leaders, whether we support them on other matters or not, must not abdicate themselves from showing the leadership the world so desperately needs.

Five Sentences That Sum Up Winning Against Coal

Louisa Casson | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

Last Wednesday I went to Wales. Not for a typically British summer holiday (although we were all wearing waterproofs), but at the invitation of local campaigners of the United Valleys Action Group on the day Caerphilly County Council decided whether to approve or reject a proposed opencast coal mine at Nant Llesg.