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The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no amnesty for the Arctic.” The Duma today voted for an amendment that extends an amnesty ... keep reading
The Chinese government is pushing manufacturers, and in particular, steelmakers, to be more energy efficient, reducing demand for Australian coal. Image: Johannes 'volty' Hemmerlein Rapid increases in energy efficiency in Chinese manufacturing, especially in the steel production sector, will temper demand for Australian coal exports and put billions of dollars ... keep reading
Despite being the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China is increasing its renewable sources of energy- Image: Fernando Tomás China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has just released some remarkable data on the addition of new electric generating capacity in 2013. China’s electric power system has been ... keep reading
Russian authorities continue to hold the Greenpeace 30 in detention, despite pledging to lift the piracy charges held against the activists. The activists have been held for more than a month. Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee announced last week that the piracy charges – which carry a 15-year jail sentence – would ... keep reading
Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the European Union’s 28 member states, the European Parliament is no different. It was ... keep reading
France’s constitutional court has upheld a ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the law against the energy-exploration technique known as fracking is a valid means of protecting the environment. The 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not “disproportionate,” the court in Paris said in a decision posted ... keep reading
A very thorough study from the University of Oxford has found that a campaign to persuade investors to take their money out of the fossil fuel sector is growing faster than any previous divestment campaign and could cause significant damage to coal, oil and gas companies. As the Guardian reports ... keep reading
On Friday evening, 60 Brown University students and community members joined Brown Divest Coal to hear ethical arguments for Brown to divest its funds from the coal industry. The event came two weeks in advance of the expected vote on divestment by Brown’s Board of Trustees. At the event ... keep reading
The Dutch government today announced that it would initiate arbitration proceedings against Russia under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea to secure the release of 28 Greenpeace International activists, plus a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer, currently being detained in Russia on piracy charges. In response ... keep reading
After 25 years of IPCC reports, the inconvenient truth is confirmed: climate change is real; it’s happening at an alarming rate, and human-activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels, are causing it. Six of the world’s largest environmental and development non-government organisations, with the international trade union confederation ... keep reading
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