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Aug 9, 2013

New permit proposals could slow UK shale drilling

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s Environment Agency (EA)
proposed new guidance on Friday that could further delay the
already lengthy application process for launching shale and
other unconventional oil and gas exploration.

Beset by protests that have made the question of whether to
allow shale drilling a national issue, shale firms complain that
the UK’s complex application process takes months longer than in
the United States, discouraging investment.

Jul 24, 2013

Arctic methane release could cost economy $60 trillion -study

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – A release of methane in the
Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change
with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over
coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal
Nature.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Erasmus
University in the Netherlands used economic modelling to
calculate the consequences of a release of a 50-gigatonne
reservoir of methane from thawing permafrost under the East
Siberian Sea.

Jul 19, 2013

Britain plans tax breaks for shale gas investment

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – The British government unveiled
what it described as the world’s most generous incentives for
shale gas on Friday, offering tax breaks to drive investment in
a sector that has already transformed the U.S. energy market.

Finance minister George Osborne said the government wanted
to create the right conditions in Britain for industry to unlock
the potential of shale gas.

Jul 2, 2013

EU carbon market expects narrow win in crucial rescue vote

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a compromise plan to try to prop up the EU emissions market, the world’s biggest carbon trading scheme.

The market has priced in a yes vote, which would be a vote of confidence for the future of the scheme, but politicians and analysts said it was likely to be tight.

Jun 26, 2013

UK could miss future climate goals as economy recovers – adviser

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s recovery from an economic slump will make it harder to meet its legally-binding goals to cut emissions from 2018, meaning the cost of moving to low-carbon energy sources will rise next decade, a government adviser said on Wednesday.

Britain has set four so-called carbon budgets which restrict the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted over a five-year period. They are intended to help Britain reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.

Jun 19, 2013

Time to stop arguing about climate change, World Bank says

LONDON (Reuters) – The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Kim Jim Yong Kim said there was 97 to 98 percent agreement among scientists that global warming was real and caused by human activity.

Jun 19, 2013

Time to stop arguing about climate change – World Bank

LONDON (Reuters) – The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Kim Jim Yong Kim said there was 97 to 98 percent agreement among scientists that global warming was real and caused by human activity.

Jun 14, 2013

EU carbon market rescue may scrape by next week, prospects shaky

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A European Commission plan to revive Europe’s carbon market appears headed for a setback that would keep emissions prices depressed for years, although it may scrape approval in a European Parliament committee next week.

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was designed to force Europe’s industry and power sector to cut emissions and shift to clean energy.

Jun 12, 2013

Global renewables investment fell in 2012 on weak economy

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – Global investment in renewable
energy fell last year for the first time since 2009 due to the
effects of economic slowdown on U.S. and European markets and a
drop in solar technology costs, research showed on Wednesday.

Renewables investment fell 12 percent to $244 billion last
year, having hit a new high every year since 2004 – except in
2009 when the global financial crisis hit, said reports by the
United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) and Paris-based
renewables policy organisation REN21.

Jun 10, 2013

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – China led a rise in global carbon dioxide emissions to a record high in 2012, more than offsetting falls in the United States and Europe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.

Worldwide CO2 emissions rose by 1.4 percent to 31.6 billion tons, according to estimates from the Paris-based IEA.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
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