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US moving towards ban on coal-fired power plants?
by Lester R. Brown

Plans to build 151 new coal-fired power plants in the United States are running into an avalance of opposition, says Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute. He believes it may signal the final end of coal power and a turning point in tackling climate change. ... more

World oil supply may have already peaked
by Lester Brown

Is world oil production peaking? Quite possibly, says Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute. Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show a pronounced loss of momentum in the growth of oil production during the last few years. ... more

Royal Society warns of biofuel dangers
Biofuels risk failing to deliver significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transport and could even be environmentally damaging unless the Government puts the right policies in place, warns a new Royal Society report ... more

Cheap solar energy a step closer
by Jeremy Hamand

A Californian company has perfected a technique for mass-producing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy cells on very thin metal sheet. New thin-film technologies have helped to boost the production of PV cells worldwide by 50 per cent in 2007. ... more

UK gives green light to bigger offshore wind farms
After years of uncertainty, the UK Government has announced plans for a massive extension of offshore wind farms around the British Isles. If the plans were carried through, offshore wind farms could provide enough energy to power every home in the country by 2020. ... more

Severn barrage moves closer despite opposition
The hotly debated Severn Barrage, which would harness the power of the huge tides in the Severn Estuary in the west of England, has moved a big step closer, following the recommendations of the Sustainable Development Commission and yesterday's endorsement of the scheme by the UK Environment Minister, Hilary Benn. ... more

China poised to lead renewables race
China will probably achieve - and may even exceed - its target to obtain 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to a leading research institute. And if China's commitment to diversifying its energy supply and becoming a global leader in renewables manufacturing persists, renewable energy could provide over 30 per cent of the nation's energy by 2050. ... more

Britain's biggest wind farm wins approval
Britain's biggest wind farm has won final planning approval. Consisting of 270 turbines, the London Array will be erected 12 miles off the Kent coast. It will produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes, equivalent to a quarter of Greater London�s homes. ... more

China steps up 'green power' pressure
China�s State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) has stepped up the presure on electricity suppliers to 'go green'. Starting this month it will assume nationwide oversight over power companies that are required under the country�s renewable energy law to prioritize purchases of the maximum amount of �green� electricity. ... more

UK launches CO2 car-ranking website
The British government has set up a website designed to lure consumers towards buying the greenest cars available as the EU prepares to set binding caps on the amount of CO2 that new vehicles can emit. ... more

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