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Supreme Court deals blow to Obama climate plan

Washington - The US Supreme Court has put on hold a sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants, dealing a significant blow to President Barack Obama's efforts to rein in climate change.

World's biggest wind farm given go-ahead off Britain

London - A wind farm that would be the largest in the world and power more than a million homes has been given the go-ahead in Britain.Offshore wind developer Dong Energy said Wednesday a final decision had been made to construct the 1.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Paris entrepreneur's 2CV tours to go electric

Paris - The humble "Deux Chevaux", once ubiquitous in the French countryside, chugging down tree-lined roads -- cue accordion music -- is now more of a curiosity than a cheap and cheerful runabout.

Netherlands says 'serious' concerns about Belgium nuclear plants

Doel - The Netherlands has "serious" concerns about neighbouring Belgium's ageing nuclear reactors, the Dutch environment minister said Wednesday during a joint inspection of one plant with her Belgian counterpart.

Belgium's ageing nuclear plants worry neighbours

Nieuw-namen - As the two cooling towers at Belgium's Doel nuclear power belch thick white steam into a wintry sky, people over the border in the Dutch town of Nieuw-Namen are on edge.

Norway's oil investments to decline over next two years

Oslo - Investment in Norway's all-important oil sector is set to decline until 2019 as producers face high costs and collapsing oil prices, a government agency said Thursday.After investing a record level of about 180 billion kroner (18.7 billion euros, $20.

Western sanctions 'severely' harming Russia: Putin

Berlin - President Vladimir Putin acknowledged Monday in an interview with German daily Bild that Western economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis are affecting Russia.

Electric bike revolution spinning profits for Dutch firms

Dieren - On the busy assembly line at Gazelle, one of the top Dutch bike manufacturers, a quiet revolution is taking place: mixed with wheels, brakes and saddles are now batteries and engines.

Stung by low oil prices, Saudi makes unprecedented cuts

Riyadh - Long accustomed to cheap utilities and some of the lowest petrol prices in the world, Saudis woke to a shock Tuesday as authorities made massive subsidy cuts after falling oil prices caused a record deficit.

Modi meets Putin in Russia with eye on defence deals

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a visit that could see billions of dollars clinched in defence and energy deals.

Neighbourhood tensions push Turkey to Israel rapprochement

Istanbul - Seeking to make up for drastically worsening ties with neighbours Iran and Russia as well as bolstering its energy security, Turkey is moving to restore full relations with Israel after falling out more than five years ago.

Donald Trump loses fight against Scottish wind farm

London - United States presidential hopeful Donald Trump lost a legal bid Wednesday to stop a planned wind farm near his golf resort in Scotland, with his company calling the ruling "small-minded and parochial".

End in sight: The long battle against global warming

Paris - A near three decade-long effort to rein in dangerous planetary warming is set to culminate Saturday in the first-ever universal pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The road has been long.

What is global warming?

Paris - UN climate talks in Paris tasked with beating back the threat of global warming are scheduled to conclude on Friday.

Peruvian farmer takes climate change fight to European courts

Huaraz - The soft murmur of water trickling from a glacier in the Peruvian Andes into the pale blue lake below is broken by the roar of a chunk of ice breaking off.

Peruvian farmer takes climate change fight to European courts

Huaraz - The soft murmur of water trickling from a glacier in the Peruvian Andes into the pale blue lake below is broken by the roar of a chunk of ice breaking off.

CO2 emissions set for historic fall in 2015, study says

Le Bourget - Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels, the main driver of man-made climate change, are set to decline this year for the first time in a period of global economic growth, said a study Monday.

Climate pact: Battle lines redrawn in the blueprint

Le Bourget - Diplomats crafting the blueprint for a worldwide climate rescue deal have tendered their 48-page offering at the half-way point of UN talks, concluding a bitter four-year haggle that seemed often to teeter on the brink of collapse.

Abengoa struggle casts cloud on jobs, banks in Spain and abroad

Madrid - As Spain's flagship renewable energy giant Abengoa teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, concerns are mounting over the fate of thousands of employees and its numerous projects around the world, just weeks ahead of crux general elections.

Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea after power shortages

Simferopol - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday made a surprise visit to Crimea, inaugurating an undersea cable project to bring a new power supply to the strategic Black Sea peninsula.

Climate talks must step up pace, says host France

Le Bourget - France's top diplomat Laurent Fabius, presiding over 195-nation talks for a UN climate pact, urged negotiators Wednesday to pick up the pace so as to finish the job by December 11.

Mugabe lashes out at 'miserly' West in climate change talks

Le Bourget - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at "miserly" developed nations at the UN climate summit Monday, accusing them of trying to shift the burden for curbing carbon emissions onto poor countries.

Climate pledges, mass marches ahead of UN summit

Paris - Billions of dollars in environmental aid were announced Friday as cities worldwide prepared for marches to pressure leaders heading for Paris to negotiate a historic pact to tame global warming.

What's the carbon footprint of an email?

Paris - A long list of seemingly harmless everyday actions contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other climate-altering greenhouse gases.

UN climate talks brought forward as new report warns of peril

Paris - Negotiations for a world pact to curb global warming will start in Paris Sunday, a day ahead of schedule, the UN said Wednesday as a report warned 2015 could become the hottest year on record.

Peruvian farmer sues German energy giant over climate change

Berlin - A Peruvian farmer has filed a landmark lawsuit against German energy giant RWE, saying that the company's fossil fuel emissions endanger his family, livelihood and hometown, a German NGO said Tuesday.

Power outages plague Crimea as Russia threatens to cut Ukraine gas

Simferopol - Power cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people on Tuesday as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.

UAE channels oil money into alternative energy

Abu Dhabi - Rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi, Masdar city is laying the groundwork for when the United Arab Emirates' oil wells run dry.Driverless electric cars shuttle between energy-saving buildings topped with arrays of solar panels.

Carbon Capture: Key green technology shackled by costs

Paris - Every credible plan to save humanity from global warming reserves a key role for a green energy technology called carbon capture and storage. But there's a problem: no one has figured out a viable way to pay for it.
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