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Pharma going green? Making Tylenol from plant material

Researchers based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed at method to synthesize acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from a natural compound derived from plant material, reducing the reliance upon fossil fuels.

Natural gas boom is on a collision course with climate crisis

A global boom in natural gas pipelines and terminals is putting the energy industry on a "collision course" with the Paris climate goals, according to a new analysis of investment in the world's new favorite fossil fuel.

Op-Ed: Natural gas is now 'freedom gas' says Energy Department

Freeport - The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it was authorizing new natural gas exports - referring to the gas as "freedom gas," in promoting American energy, American jobs, and the American economy.

Maserati: Drivers want fossil fuel powered cars

While most car manufacturers are creating lines of electric, or at least hybrid, vehicles, Maserati is remaining firm and will continue to develop cars powered by the combustion engine, the company has confirmed in a forthright statement.

Does nuclear power have a place in the world of renewable energy?

The effects of global warming have hastened the switch to renewable energy sources, including hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal generation of electricity. However, nuclear power has seemingly been put on the shelf — but is this the right move?

Funding fossil fuels is 'cash cow' for Canada's major banks

A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015. Five of Canada's major banks have funded $454 billion of that amount.

Study finds fossil fuels are main source of carbon in the Arctic

Five years of testing at sites across the Arctic tracked seasonal fluctuations and sources of black carbon, or soot, which contributes to global warming and ice melt.

Los Angeles takes steps to replace natural gas with renewables

Los Angeles - Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology. Instead, the city will invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

Britain's renewable electric capacity overtakes fossil fuels

Britain's renewable electricity capacity has overtaken that of fossil fuel generators such as gas and coal for the first time, a report said on Tuesday.

The impact of burning fossil fuels on today's extreme weather

A new study warns that the continued burning of fossil fuels will likely lead to even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream.

China continues to expand coal power plants

Beijing - China's declared intent to cancel new coal power stations appears not to have happened and instead an expansion of the fossil-duel powered plants appears to have taken place, according to an expert report.

Humans need to get back on track to avoid warming past 1.5C

The author of a key UN climate report coming out on October 8 says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity.

Report looks at not so environmentally-friendly impacts of EVs

Sales of electric vehicles around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold. And as EV sales continue to rise, you may be surprised to learn there are economic and environmental consequences to consider.

Britain is 'on-track' for coal-free summers as coal-power dips

London - Great Britain is on the verge of doing away with the need for coal-fired power over the summer months, according to analysts. This is the headline seen in a new quarterly report on the country's energy mix.

Public finance for energy in Africa focuses on fossil fuels

A recent analysis shows the majority of public aid for energy projects in Africa has been channeled into fossil fuels, causing some to accuse governments of jeopardizing clean energy development to ensure their own financial gain.

U.K. goes 1000 hours without using coal

The U.K. has gone beyond 1,000 hours without using coal. This is a further sign of a reduction with fossil fuel use as well as signal of Britain's green energy shift accelerating.

Ireland to become first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland took a crucial step Thursday toward becoming the first country in the world to divest from all fossil fuels, a landmark moment for the global divestment campaign.

Fossil fuel energy consumption in U.S. is lowest in 100 years

Washington - U.S. fossil fuel consumption in 2017 reached the lowest share in more than a century as the use of renewable energy continued to climb and petroleum use remained well below its 2005 peak.

Bursting 'carbon bubble' will leave trillions in stranded assets

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.

Fossil fuel consumption by electric power sector see big drop

Washington - Fossil fuel consumption in the electric power sector fell to 22.5 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2017, the lowest level since 1994, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

New study makes the case for supply-side climate change policies

It has been difficult to come to a global consensus on what are the best policies for mitigating the effects of climate change. A new study out this month suggests the unspeakable - restricting the supply of fossil fuels.

Powering the digital world at the expense of the planet — Part 2

How can we build and power our Internet infrastructure to effectively accommodate over 4 billion users while still transitioning to renewable energy in time to avoid dangerous climate change? This is a question that has raised serious discussion.

Powering the digital world at the expense of the planet — Part 1

Since the 1990s, the Internet has become an omnipresent part of everyone's lives, with its user base annually doubling in size and its user-generated content growing uncontrollably. But, facilities that store all that data are now an environmental threat.

Court halts Fed's Powder River Basin fossil fuel extraction plan

A federal court has ruled against a government plan to open over 15 million acres of public land to fossil fuel extraction, concluding that the government failed to adequately consider how fossil fuel development would impact the climate and environment.

Op-Ed: Perry pushes 'new energy realism' - But is it a step backward?

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke at the annual oil and gas conference in Houston, Texas last week, giving attendees a brief look at his vision for the future of energy in the U.S. - calling it the "new energy realism."

Trump asking for 72 percent cut to clean energy research

President Trump’s administration is reportedly seeking a 72 percent cut to the budget of Department of Energy programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as asking for staff reductions.

U.S. move to EVs will aid in fixing climate policies

According to Climate Action Tracker, America's climate policies as outlined in the Paris international climate Agreement are rated as “critically insufficient."

IRENA — Cost of all types of clean energy will continue to fall

Abu Dabi - According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), all types of clean energy — which by definition includes bioenergy-for-power and hydropower — will fall within the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years.

As coal declines, renewables take over U.S. electrical generation

Renewable energy appeared to be a huge winner in the U.S. in 2017, with the latest figures showing that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity.
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Diminishing habitat and fossil fuel extraction threaten the Spectacled Eider.
Diminishing habitat and fossil fuel extraction threaten the Spectacled Eider.
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Copenhagen  Denmark is expected to officially divest from fossil fuels on Tuesday.
Copenhagen, Denmark is expected to officially divest from fossil fuels on Tuesday.
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The majority of the world's power still comes from coal-fired power stations like this one in Apollo Beach, Florida. If the House energy and water bill were to pass, funding for regulating carbon emissions would disappear.
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Trucks fitted with an intelligent connector, called a pantograph, can connect and disconnect seamlessly from the cables at speeds of 90 kilometers an hour.
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Distribution of fossil fuels among stock exchanges worldwide
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Polar bears face multiple risks said the coalition's report, from global warming, oil development and habitat loss.
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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Four U.S. banks - US banks — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America top the list in fossil fuel funding.
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Bellingham, Washington including the waterfront redevelopment, downtown, and Mount Baker in the distance..
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and govern...
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and govern...
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
The bowhead is insulated with nearly two feet of blubber enabling it to break through two feet of ic...
The bowhead is insulated with nearly two feet of blubber enabling it to break through two feet of ice. It is particularly vulnerable to oil spills.
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Sweden s Highway E16 has become the first in the world to include a 2.0 mile-long eHighway.
Sweden's Highway E16 has become the first in the world to include a 2.0 mile-long eHighway.
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Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
Fossil fuels create tons of greenhouse gases.
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and govern...
Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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Whatcom County Washington is fighting back against the increasing use of its Cherry Point terminals ...
Whatcom County Washington is fighting back against the increasing use of its Cherry Point terminals and loading facilities being used to ship fossil fuels.
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An oil refinery, Shell at Martinez, California. The tapering vertical elements are smokestacks to create draft for heating units. Most of the complex vertical units are fractionating towers. Others are flares.
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