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UK drives into e-vehicle fast lane with 11% sales rise

Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%<p>Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Explainer: How ‘Shared Socioeconomic Pathways’ explore future climate change

Over the past few years, an international team of climate scientists, economists and energy systems modellers have built a range of new “pathways” …

Fossil Fuels

Analysis: UK to seek advice on strengthening long-term climate goal

The UK government has announced that it wants official advice on the “implications” of aligning its climate goals with the Paris Agreement.<p>Claire …

Climate

World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

Stretch of road outside Stockholm transfers energy from two tracks of rail in the road, recharging the batteries of electric cars and trucks<p>The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden.<p>About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric …

Electric Vehicles
Oil

Explainer: These six metals are key to a low-carbon future

The deployment of renewables and electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket as the world strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<p>These low-carbon …

Rare Earth

China starts national emissions trading: a big step, but the journey is long

<b>China’s new emissions trading scheme will start small, but comes with big potential, Frank Jotzo writes.</b><p>China recently announced that it will begin …

Trading

Global solar capacity grew faster than fossil fuels in 2017, says report

For the first time in 2017, global solar capacity grew faster than all fossil fuels combined, including coal, oil and gas-fired power stations.That’s …

Renewable Energy

Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made

<b>When engineer Lukasz Cejrowski finally saw the world's largest wind turbine blades installed on a prototype tower in 2016, he stood in front of it and took a selfie. Obviously.</b><p>"It was amazing," he says, recalling the moment with a laugh. "The feeling of happiness - 'Yes, it works, it's …

Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia and Japan’s Softbank to create world’s biggest solar power project

Softbank Group has announced a $200bn (£141bn) investment to create the world’s biggest solar power project in Saudi Arabia through its Vision Fund …

Renewable Energy

Q&A: What does ‘subsidy-free’ renewables actually mean?

Recent announcements in the UK and across the rest of Europe seem to be ushering in a new era of “subsidy-free” renewables, which can be deployed …

Renewable Energy
Fossil Fuels

Can climate litigation save the world?

Courts are a new front line of climate action with cases against governments and oil firms spiralling, and while victories have so far been rare the pressure for change is growing<p>Global moves to tackle climate change through lawsuits are poised to break new ground this week, as groups and …

Climate

Are electric vehicles cleaner? The evidence points firmly in one direction

Shell CEO: Climate change is our biggest issue - News for the Oil and Gas Sector

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden has said that climate change is the biggest issue facing the energy sector, encouraging the European oil major …

Analysis: UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890

Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6% in 2017, driven by a 19% decline in coal use.This follows on the …

Fossil Fuels
Climate Change

Explainer: The polar vortex, climate change and the ‘Beast from the East’

While much of Europe is shivering in subzero temperatures, the Arctic and eastern US have basked in unseasonably warm conditions in recent …

Fossil Fuels

Scientists have detected an acceleration in sea level rise

Faster melting of ice sheets is speeding up sea level rise<p>As humans emit heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, the planet warms, and over time consequences become more apparent. Some of the consequences we are familiar with – for instance, rising temperatures, melting ice, and rising sea levels. …

Global Warming

More than 100 cities now mostly powered by renewable energy, data shows

The number of cities reporting they are predominantly powered by clean energy has more than doubled since 2015, as momentum builds for cities around the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources.<p>Data published on Tuesday by the not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP found …

Renewable Energy

CO2 emissions from average UK new car rise for first time since 2000

Climate change targets may be missed as consumers buy bigger cars and turn away from diesel<p>CO2 emissions from the average new car sold in the UK rose last year for the first time since 2000, according to an industry report, raising fears that the country will fail to meet its climate change targets …

Selling

The next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says

The world is far off course from its goals in cutting greenhouse gas emissions — and research published Tuesday illustrates one of the most striking implications of this.<p>Namely, it finds that for every five years in the present that we continue to put off strong action on climate change, the ocean …

Global Warming

Five tough choices for UK to keep the lights on

Keeping Britain supplied with electricity was once a relatively straightforward task. The country’s plentiful coal and, later, North Sea gas were …

North Sea

Trump imposes 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: …

Lloyd's of London to divest from coal over climate change

Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April<p>Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies.<p>Lloyd’s will start to exclude coal from its investment …

Fossil Fuels
Electric Vehicles
Renewable Energy

California bill seeks to ban sale of all fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2040

California would ban the sale of new cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels in 2040 under legislation introduced on Wednesday in the state …

California Air Resources Board

More than half of Norway's new car sales now electric or hybrid, figures show

Generous tax breaks and incentives like free city tolls and parking put country en route to meet electric-only vehicle market by 2025<p>Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new cars sold in Norway in 2017, official data shows, confirming the country’s pioneering role in …

Taxes