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15 05 2021 | 13:20

Feeding a City From the World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse.

The world's largest rooftop greenhouse is in Montreal, Canada. It measures more than 15,000m2 and produces more than 11,000kg of food per week. The company behind it had to hire 200 new employees…

15 05 2021 | 12:20

How to spot the difference between a real climate policy and greenwashing guff

Unless actions by governments and corporations cut emissions in the here and now, a dose of scepticism is in order. So it’s goodbye climate deniers, hello – and you’ll pardon me for being blunt here…

15 05 2021 | 12:00

Global alliance for phasing out coal not fit for purpose, says NGO

Powering Past Coal Alliance accused of failing to follow up on pledges as many countries expand use of coal. An attempt by the UK government to encourage countries and businesses around the world to…

14 05 2021 | 14:35

India: Coal-dependent power producers should prepare for climate transition risk

Coal power producers face lower credit ratings under Paris-aligned energy transition Climate change has created financial risks for business. These can be broadly categorised as physical and…

14 05 2021 | 12:23

Indonesia utility will finish building 20GW of coal capacity before turning to renewables.

Indonesia’s biggest utility has pledged to stop building new coal power plants beyond its current pipeline of projects.  In a briefing to Indonesian media, Zulkifi Zaini, president of the state-…

14 05 2021 | 12:07

Top Australia regulator sees no future for coal-fired generators.

Australia’s fleet of ageing coal fired generators are going broke and are likely to become less reliable in the future as operators stop maintaining them, according to the chair of the federal…

14 05 2021 | 10:01

Kenya emissions trading plan at advanced stage, says finance minister.

Carbon credits system to be managed through national carbon credits and green assets registry Nairobi  — Kenya aims to set up an emissions trading system that will allow companies and other bodies…

14 05 2021 | 09:52

Fireplaces and stoves are bigger polluters than traffic.

Increases in wood burning have offset gains in other areas, including cleaning up exhaust fumes.

10 05 2021 | 14:29

China’s emissions now exceed all developed countries combined.

It's a massive country with massive emissions. It’s a powerhouse for renewable energy, but it still heavily relies on coal plants. It has committed to being carbon neutral by 2060 but presented no…

10 05 2021 | 11:24

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership.

In this extract, top atmospheric scientist Dave Lowe explains why despite political inaction he believes we can build a sustainable future.

10 05 2021 | 11:12

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study.

Rise is a 0.2C improvement on previous forecast but still substantially above goal of Paris climate agreement. New climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put…

10 05 2021 | 10:49

Quitting coal power ‘single most important’ step in six months before Cop26, says IEA chief.

Exclusive: World must ‘drastically’ cut back on fossil fuels if serious about meeting climate goals, says Dr Fatih Birol Quitting coal-fired power is the “single most important” step the world must…

07 05 2021 | 09:53

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap.

Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at…

04 05 2021 | 11:21

Sort your greenwashing from your black carbon with The Independent’s climate jargon buster.

Live in a climate of confusion no longer. Here’s our handy guide to the essential words and terms required to understand the biggest issue facing our planet Bad things are happening and we need to…

04 05 2021 | 11:16

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion.

In the lead-up to a byelection, residents express outrage about decision, saying, ‘It’s not an expansion, it’s a whole new pit’. A coalmine in the Upper Hunter Valley has been given approval to…

04 05 2021 | 10:51

The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions.

Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system.

03 05 2021 | 07:58

Greta Thunberg Tells Congress Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must End.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attacked powerful politicians for ignoring climate change, as she called for an end to government subsidies for fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

03 05 2021 | 07:56

Why are we still using coal?

A recent report by British think tank Ember highlights the urgent need to stop using coal for power generation if we are to have any chance of meeting the targets set out in the 

03 05 2021 | 07:43

The EU wants a carbon tax on imports – but would it be the climate solution officials expect?

The European Union is considering a new tax on imports as it tries to fight climate change, and the U.S. is raising concerns about it. At issue is what’s known as a border adjustment carbon tax.

03 05 2021 | 07:24

Coal financing costs surge as investors opt for renewable energy.

Study finds returns must repay four times the payoff from clean energy investment to justify escalating risk. Coal financing costs have surged over the last decade as investors demand returns four…