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Norway leads
Last week, the Norwegian government announced that it is on track to meet its new renewables target for 2011. On the face of it, this isn’t significant – the ...
So it is getting warmer
James Hansen, the top scientist at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and one of the first to warn world leaders of climate change, back in ...
UK bills and bonfires
The new UK government has now announced its legislative programme for the next 18 months and there is to be another energy bill. This is a good bill and should ...
'Green Ed' Miliband
Ed Miliband has been elected Labour leader. This is good news for UK climate politics, as he was a good energy and climate change secretary, taking the right ...
Courts block Spanish coal subsidies
The European Court of Justice has issued a temporary injunction preventing the Spanish government from subsidising the use of domestically produced coal in ...
The EU must support clean energy, not dirty coal
The EU aspires to be a world leader in reducing carbon emissions. It seeks to develop renewable sources of energy and new ways of making coal and gas cleaner. ...
Subsidies should be switched
The debate should not be between subsidy and no subsidy, but between subsidy for low carbon energy and energy efficiency and subsidy for high carbon energy.
European Commission's new energy strategy
Yesterday the European Commission presented its proposals for a new energy strategy for the next decade. In Brussels jargon this is known as the Energy Action ...
The UK general election – climate and money
Climate Answers will comment on what the parties are saying they would do, their policy statements and the manifestos once they appear. Labour, Conservatives ...
European Commission sensible on coal subsidies, but not on nuclear fusion
The European Commission has done well in securing some – though not nearly enough – money to support renewables and CCS from the European economic recovery ...
Quantitative easing, deflation explained
The European Central Bank unveiled Thursday an eagerly-awaited programme of sovereign bond purchases, known as quantitative easing or QE, to ward off deflation ...
Taxes better than targets
Once again, European governments have been debating whether the EU greenhouse reduction target should be increased, from 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 to 30%, ...