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Solar Impulse aeroplane reaches Oklahoma

<b>Solar Impulse has landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ending stage 11 in its round-the-world journey.</b><p>Pilot Bertrand Piccard brought the plane in from Phoenix, Arizona, in a flight that lasted just over 18 hours.<p>The zero-fuel aircraft has now reached halfway across America, with its immediate goal of getting …

Solar Impulse

No let up. Saudi Arabia to increase oil production

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Oil

Floating wind farm plan off Peterhead progresses

<b>Plans to build a major floating wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast have taken a step forward, it has been announced.</b><p>The Crown Estate, which manages the seabed, has granted a lease to the Norwegian firm Statoil which allows the construction of the Hywind project - 15 miles off Peterhead - to …

Scottish Government

Billion people face global flooding risk by 2060, charity warns

<b>A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change.</b><p>A study by Christian Aid says the US, China and India are among the countries most threatened.<p>It says the Indian cities of Kolkata …

Florida

Renewables largest electricity generator in Scotland in 2014

<b>Green energy projects are now the largest generator of electricity in Scotland, according to new figures.</b><p>Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics showed almost half (49.7%) of Scotland's electricity demand came from renewable sources in 2014.<p>Scotland exported 23.7% of what it …

Renewable Energy

Controversial Beauly to Denny power line fully operational

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Great Britain

Oil price: Brent crude hits 11-year low

<b>Oil prices have fallen to levels not seen since 2004, surpassing the lows seen during the recession of 2008.</b><p>Brent crude sank to $36.05 a barrel - its weakest since July 2004 - before recovering slightly to $36.56.<p>A global oversupply has dramatically driven down the price of oil, with suppliers …

Oil

Oil hits new seven-year low on glut warning

<b>The oil price has fallen to a new seven-year low after the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast a slowdown in growth in demand for oil.</b><p>The price of Brent crude oil fell below $39 a barrel at one point, its lowest since December 2008.<p>The IEA said demand in the current quarter was growing by …

Oil

What's so smart about smart meters?

<b>Replace your old gas and electricity meters with natty new digital ones and you could be helping to tackle "the biggest single challenge that humankind has ever faced" - global warming.</b><p>That's according to veteran environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt anyway.<p>And you thought smart meters were …

Washing Machines

UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years

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Amber Rudd

National Grid plays down fears of power crunch and blackouts

The chief executive of National Grid said this winter’s energy capacity would be more stretched than last year but that he was confident of getting …

Warming set to breach 1C threshold

<b>Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK's Met Office.</b><p>Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900.<p>If temperatures remain as predicted, 2015 will be the first year to breach this …

Climate Change

Paris climate summit: Major oil producers back 'effective' deal

<b>The leaders of 10 of the world's biggest oil companies have offered their qualified support for a new global treaty on climate change.</b><p>The producers of 20% of the world's oil and gas say they share the ambition to limit warming to 2C.<p>They promise to work to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of the …

Climate

The cars chasing the Sun

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University of Michigan

Stigma of the Dump

<b>Some questions for you. What are your clothes worth, and what percentage of them do you actually use? In the past year, say?</b><p>This may be made trickier if, like me, you have had little cause to look out anything for summer weather.<p>Here's another one. What is there in your house or garden shed that …

Sustainability

Rethink needed over Scottish carbon targets, study says

<b>Scotland needs to shift a fifth of its spending on new buildings and transport towards backing for its targets of big cuts in carbon emissions, a new study has claimed.</b><p>A report published by the Task Force on Low Carbon Infrastructure said less should be spent on projects that increase energy …

Energy Efficiency

Wind turbines take to the skies to seek out more power

<b>Critics of wind turbines argue vehemently that they are ugly and inefficient - a blot on the landscape and an expensive folly to boot.</b><p>Efficiency has always been a strange critique given that the fuel driving turbines - wind - is free. And while electricity generated from wind may currently be more …

Renewable Energy

North Sea oil collapse fears 'too dramatic'

<b>A leading figure in the UK's oil industry, Sir Ian Wood, has told the BBC warnings the industry is close to collapse are "well over the top and far too dramatic".</b><p>Sir Ian, a veteran oil man who was commissioned by the government to review the industry, said conditions would begin to recover next …

Oil & Gas Industry

North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse'

<b>The UK's oil industry is in "crisis" as prices drop, a senior industry leader has told the BBC.</b><p>Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money.<p>Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers' association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry was "close to …

North Sea

UK using less energy despite growing economy, report finds

<b>People in the UK are using less energy even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.</b><p>Increased wealth typically leads to increased energy use - but this link appears to have been broken by technology and government policy.<p>New analysis of government statistics for BBC News shows that the …

Record cut in Scotland's carbon emissions

<b>Carbon emissions were cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry.</b><p>UK government figures showed 11.9 million tonnes of CO2 was displaced in 2013, up 14% on the previous year.<p>The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the UK government, …

Carbon Emissions

Falling oil prices threaten to transform the industry - BBC News

Oil

Oil and gas sector 'could lose 35,000 jobs in next five years'

<b>As many as 35,000 oil and gas industry jobs could go in the next five years, according to a new report.</b><p>The study - commissioned by industry body Oil and Gas UK, industry skills and safety body Opito and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, says jobs could fall from 375,000 to 340,000 …

Oil & Gas Industry

The £2.3bn for flood defences in England is good news but still not enough | Damian Carrington

Ministers can at last rightly claim they are spending more than before – but only because they cut the previous budget<p>The £2.3bn for flood defences in England re-announced by the government on Tuesday is, quite literally, the least it could do. It is good news for the 300,000 homes that will gain …

Renewables 'biggest power source'

<b>Renewable power has overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland, the latest figures have suggested.</b><p>Wind and hydro power produced 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in the first six months of this year, UK government statistics showed.<p>Meanwhile, National Grid figures …

Hydroelectric Power

Energy firm SSE silent over 'failed' back-up power test

<b>Energy firm SSE has declined to comment on reports that its Peterhead power plant, contracted to help guard against blackouts this winter, failed to generate power during a test run.</b><p>The plant is among three UK power stations under contract from National Grid to provide reserve power in case of …

Electrical Grid

Will Opec cut oil production?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1121000/1121782_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1533093666_b6bc3b70b18c93f3a2a070a7046aba04<p><b>The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is back in the news.</b><p>How will the group respond to the fall of 30% in the price of crude …

Oil

Wave Energy Scotland body set up to 'accelerate' development

<b>A new body to encourage innovation in the wave energy industry is to be set up by the Scottish government.</b><p>The announcement came the day after wave power technology firm Pelamis said it was calling in administrators after failing to secure development funding.<p>Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said Wave …

Scottish Government

'Embrace engineering's creative side' to fix skills crisis

<b>Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.</b><p>Engineers should embrace the arts, Sir John O'Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, argued in a lecture.<p>About 59% of …

Media Players

UK's first 'poo bus' hits the road

Britain’s first ‘poo bus’ will take to the road on Thursday, powered entirely by human and food waste.<p>The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas, generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. It can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of around five …