Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument | Environment

Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument | Environment

A new US government plan had cleared the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land stripped from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by the Trump administration two years ago. The plan, released by the Bureau of Land Management on Friday, would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges […]

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UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm | Business

UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm | Business

The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. The 30kW pilot scheme […]

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Mozambique, Russia sign energy, security deals

Mozambique, Russia sign energy, security deals

By AFPMore by this Author Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi signed energy and security agreements with Russian’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday in the first visit by a leader from the southern African state in two decades. Nyusi’s visit came weeks his government signed a peace deal with former rebel movement Renamo and just two months before […]

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UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm | Business

UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm | Business

The world’s first solar farm to directly power a railway line is set to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. About 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. The 30kW pilot scheme could pave […]

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'Bunch of bedwetters': Matt Canavan attacks Aurecon for cutting ties with Adani | Business

‘Bunch of bedwetters’: Matt Canavan attacks Aurecon for cutting ties with Adani | Business

The resources minister Matt Canavan has defended an extraordinary spray against engineering firm Aurecon over its decision to sever ties with Indian energy company Adani. Canavan had labelled Aurecon’s decision “weak as piss”, and on Thursday rejected claims from the Greens that he is a hypocrite for using public pressure to bully the company while […]

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When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Australia isn’t transitioning away from extracting fossil fuels, it is doubling down on them. That’s right – even though Australia is already the third largest fossil fuel exporter in the world, the federal government still wants to double our coal exports, drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and open more farmland to fracking. […]

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Two dead and radiation spike reported after Russia rocket test blast | World news

Russia refuses to share data on blast that caused radiation spike | World news

Russia has told international nuclear test ban monitors that it does not have to share information on the blast that caused a brief spike in radiation levels in Arkhangelsk region, bolstering speculation that Russia may have tampered with monitoring stations that failed to transmit scientific data after the accident. Two Russian-operated monitoring stations for the […]

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Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year

Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year

Smoke billows from a fire outside Ljusdal, Sweden in July, 2018. Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades, including blazes above the Arctic Circle, prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and other European nations. Maja Suslin | TT | AP Smoke from massive fires in the Arctic […]

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Government's shift to relax shale gas fracking safeguards condemned | Environment

Government’s shift to relax shale gas fracking safeguards condemned | Environment

Environmental groups have voiced fears that the government is preparing to row back on fracking regulations after officials said they were considering reviewing earthquake safeguard rules. The limits affecting shale gas fracking are strongly contested by the industry because they bring an immediate halt to fracking if even a minor tremor of 0.5 on the […]

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Hinkley Point C: rising costs and long delays at vast new power station | UK news

Hinkley Point C: rising costs and long delays at vast new power station | UK news

The Hinkley Point nuclear site, on the Somerset coast, should have begun powering around 6m homes well over a year ago. Instead, the 160-hectare (400-acre) sprawl is still the UK’s largest construction site more than a decade after the plan for Britain’s nuclear renaissance first emerged. It will be at least another six years before […]

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