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07 04 2021 | 16:40

Greece officially closes four lignite-powered plants with 1,200MW of capacity

Four of the country’s most polluting power production plants are being formally shut down as Greece phases out the use of brown coal, or lignite, in line with European Union environmental protection…

07 04 2021 | 11:58

China Experiences Worst Sandstorm in a Decade.

Beijing skies turned yellow Monday as air pollution reached hazardous levels after the worst sandstorm in a decade coincided with an industrial boom following last year's COVID lockdown.

07 04 2021 | 11:49

Summers could last for half the year by 2100.

Our summers are already about 20% longer than they used to be, and if the climate crisis continues unabated then northern hemisphere summers could cover nearly half of the year by 2100, making them…

07 04 2021 | 11:43

Amazon Rainforest Is Probably Contributing to Climate Crisis, Study Finds.

  The Amazon rainforest likely emits more greenhouse gases than it absorbs, a first-of-its-kind study has found.  

07 04 2021 | 11:22

Twiggy Forrest sets sights on making the impossible possible when it comes to 'pure green energy'

But critics question the continued inclusion of gas in Andrew Forrest’s grand climate ambition. In the second half of last year, while most of the world was in pandemic lockdown, Andrew “Twiggy”…

07 04 2021 | 10:57

Earth Hour 2021 Shines a Virtual Spotlight on the Natural World.

On Saturday, March 27, people around the world will celebrate the annual Earth Hour, albeit in a slightly different way.

07 04 2021 | 10:30

Trump's Scottish golf course trashed the environment and locals fear his new one will do even more damage

Before he became president, Donald Trump was best known in Scotland as the man who pushed through the construction of a hugely controversial golf course in the face of fierce opposition from locals…

07 04 2021 | 10:26

How to end domestic violence: Burundi's lessons for the world.

A group of men in Burundi is going against tradition to support and empower women by raising men's awareness of gender-based violence. The community is called the Abatangamuco, meaning "those who…

07 04 2021 | 10:23

Sudan formally requests four-party mediation over Ethiopian dam.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s prime minister has written to the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, and the United States to formally request their mediation on the Nile water being…

07 04 2021 | 10:05

Your Smart TV May Be Wasting Lots of Energy When 'Off'

While the energy efficiency of America's smart televisions has improved greatly since flat panel models were first introduced, some of the energy savings are at risk due to new "smart wake" features…

07 04 2021 | 09:56

Pollution from Europe’s coal plants responsible for ‘up to 34,000 deaths each year’

Exclusive: Research ‘adds to growing evidence about the co-benefits of responding to climate change and air pollution together’, a scientist tells The Independent. Air pollution from Europe’s coal…

07 04 2021 | 09:54

Wind and Solar Can Improve Energy Security and Independence in Albania

IRENA’s renewables readiness assessment offers Albania recommendations to align energy policy with growth and climate agendas.

07 04 2021 | 09:47

Green Bond Boom Is Leaving Out Countries Most at Climate Risk.

The green finance revolution risks leaving out emerging markets, including some of the world’s most vulnerable nations to climate change.

07 04 2021 | 09:42

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green.

In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai

07 04 2021 | 09:36

New Polar Bear Hotel Criticized for Animal Cruelty.

A new hotel is sparking controversy with its central conceit: a polar bear enclosure visible from all of its 21 rooms.

07 04 2021 | 09:36

Climate change to put farming sectors under stress.

A new study by the Met Office gives examples of how two of the UK’s most important farming sectors are likely to be impacted by climate change. The study – published in Climate Risk Management –…

07 04 2021 | 09:27

‘Forests are our home’: How indigenous land defenders are fighting the climate crisis.

As a UN report highlights the role native communities can play in tackling deforestation, Daisy Dunne speaks to indigenous leaders from across Central and South America. Indigenous leaders in Latin…

07 04 2021 | 09:02

HSBC and IFC green bond fund raises $538M

HSBC Asset Management and IFC have announced the final closing of the HSBC Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity GEM Bond Fund (REGIO), boosting access to climate finance and helping further…

07 04 2021 | 09:00

Open season in Sudan as trophy hunters flock to shoot rare ibex.

Conservationists fear for endangered Nubian ibex in Sudan as westerners sold permits to hunt. Sudanese conservationists have accused trophy hunters of exploiting the country’s political transition…

06 04 2021 | 14:33

Fossil fuels get too many government handouts. Biden wants to cut them off.

The American Jobs Plan proposes taking away major tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry. One of the great ironies of climate politics is that America continues to subsidize — to the tune of…