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06/28/2020 - 19:08
The Oklahoma City-based company helped turn the US into a global energy powerhouse but ran up huge debts in the process Chesapeake Energy, the shale gas drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said on Sunday that it had been forced to enter chapter 11 protection because its debts of $9bn were unmanageable. Continue reading...
06/28/2020 - 16:30
Exclusive: Poll comes as 350 union, business and religious leaders issue call for fair and green recovery Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Only 6% of the public want to return to the same type of economy as before the coronavirus pandemic, according to new polling, as trade unions, business groups and religious and civic leaders unite in calling for a fairer financial recovery. The former head of the civil service Bob Kerslake, the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the heads of the Trades Union Congress, Confederation of British Industry and the British Chambers of Commerce are among 350 influential figures wanting a “fairer and greener” economic rebuilding, and believe there is no going back to the past. Continue reading...
06/28/2020 - 12:30
Decarbonising the economy by investing in renewable energy, clean buildings, clean transport and manufacturing could help fight the recession Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created in Australia by hurrying the shift to zero greenhouse gas emissions, a study backed by business and investment leaders has found. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 835,000 jobs have been lost since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown began in March. A report by Beyond Zero Emissions, an energy and climate change thinktank, says practical projects to decarbonise the economy could create 1.78m “job years” over the next five years – on average, 355,000 people in work each year – while modernising Australian industry. Continue reading...
06/28/2020 - 11:29
Forums speak of hundreds of tonnes of plastic and other waste discarded by public Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hundreds of tonnes of additional rubbish, including mountains of single-use plastic, is being discarded by the public in English parks each day as park managers warn of their fears for “Super Saturday” this week. Officials in Bournemouth said they collected 50 tonnes of litter left by revellers and beachgoers on the beach on one day alone last week, compared with five tonnes on an average June day. Continue reading...
06/28/2020 - 11:01
Governments and carmakers press on with hydrogen fuel cells to power cars, buses, trains and even aircraft More than 50 years ago hydrogen fuel cells helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon, but mainstream usage of the technology has remained elusive since. Now there are signs that may be changing, with a spate of new investments even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
06/28/2020 - 01:34
Environmentalists have welcomed news that the 43-year-old Fessenheim reactor will close, nine years after it was first planned France’s oldest nuclear power plant will shut down on Tuesday after four decades in operation, to the delight of environmental activists who have long warned of contamination risks, but stoking worry for the local economy. The Fessenheim plant, opened in 1977 and already three years over its projected 40-year life span, became a target for anti-nuclear campaigners after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima in Japan in 2011. Continue reading...
06/27/2020 - 14:12
Climate change campaigner said after UN summit, Angela Merkel queued up for a selfie Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg has hit out at world leaders for wanting to be pictured with her to “look good”. The 17-year-old became a global star thanks to her activism, and gave a powerful speech at the United Nations climate change summit in September in which she told world leaders: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words … how dare you!” Continue reading...
06/26/2020 - 16:03
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will now have a working majority in Irish parliament Ireland’s next government will be formed on Saturday after the Green party voted resoundingly to enter a coalition with two larger rivals. Members of the environmental party decided by a 76% majority to form an administration with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a party statement on Friday evening said. Continue reading...
06/26/2020 - 15:00
If the ALP loses Eden-Monaro next Saturday, it will be a significant blow to morale and a green light for internal mischief We are going to track back to the week’s developments on energy policy, but I want to open this weekend in Eden-Monaro, with voters in the seat heading to the polls next Saturday. The truisms of federal byelections are well known. Governments don’t normally win. Usually, voters use these contests as an opportunity to “send a message to Canberra” – often the message is “up yours”. Continue reading...
06/26/2020 - 15:00
Audit of offsets to approve developments suggests usage is worsening impact of endangered species, not reducing it The Morrison government is being urged to fix the use of environmental offsets to approve developments after an audit found major flaws in a system supposed to help protect threatened species from extinction. Scientists said the scathing audit of how the federal environment department administered national conservation laws suggested the use of offsets was worsening the impact on endangered species, not reducing it. Continue reading...