EU-funded efforts to boost the uptake of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have failed largely because of a lack of coordination and long-term strategies that scared away investors, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors. Sam Morgan takes a closer look.
Radioactive waste disposal in four words: “We do not know”
Nuclear waste will remain dangerous for more than 100,000 years – so what are countries and producers doing to deal with this problem? Passing the buck, apparently: so far, not a single facility to safely store spent nuclear fuel has been created in Europe, or the world for that matter. Silvia Weko takes a look.
Colorado citizens rise up against fracking
In the US state of Colorado, a ballot initiative has proposed to keep fracking at least 2,500 feet (around 760 meters) away from neighborhoods. But industry interests are fighting tooth and nail preserve the status quo, says L. Michael Buchsbaum.
How persistent is lignite in the energy mix?
Recent revival of the European carbon market has brought some optimism to those, who would like to see lignite disappear from the European energy mix altogether.
Let them quake: the fight against fracking in the UK
Despite years of fierce opposition, fracking has returned to the UK. And if the government has its way, safety standards meant to protect communities from earthquakes will be relaxed to help out the shale industry. L. Michael Buchsbaum takes a look at what’s happening in Lancashire.
Bavaria <3 the Energiewende
In Bavaria’s recent election (October 14), observers watched agape as the Greens took nearly 18 percent of the vote – a record high for the little environmental party in the conservatively minded state.
New civil society strategies against fracking in Latin America
In addition to fracking’s contribution to climate change, it also violates human rights and disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations. The Alliance Against Fracking in Latin America is fighting against the threat of a fracking boom in their regions. Maximiliano Proaño takes a look.
#Fracking4Plastics – a link that drives plastic and climate pollution
The plastics industry has reaped massive hidden benefits from the environmentally destructive fracking boom. Andy Gheorghiu of Food and Water Europe makes a connection business interests and US politics.
Last exit 1.5°C. Is Angela Merkel paying attention?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on global warming landed like a bombshell, judging from headlines in media across the globe. Paul Hockenos takes a look.
Global Wind Energy Summit 2018 showcases the increasing power of wind
The vast Hamburg Exposition Center was packed with over 1,400 exhibitors, thousands of international visitors and conference attendees as the four-day Wind Energy Summit brought together some of the most influential minds and companies in the energy sector at the end of last month. L. Michael Buchsbaum describes wind’s huge potential.