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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

Communities reduce ecological footprints
Municipal leaders from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. ... more

Global wind power up by a quarter in 2006
The 15,200 megawatts of new wind turbines installed worldwide in 2006 will generate enough clean electricity annually to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of 23 average-sized US coal-fired power plants, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. ... more

Biofuel demand to push up food prices
by John Vidal

Food prices will rise in the next 10 years as nearly twice as much sugar cane, maize and oilseed rape is grown to fuel cars, and people in rapidly developing countries adopt meat-based diets, says the UN in its annual assessment of farming trends. ... more

Renewable revolution is here, says UN report
A gold rush of new investment into renewable power over the past 18 months has led the United Nations to conclude that clean energy could provide almost a quarter of the world's electricity by 2030. Terry Macalister of The Guardian reports. ... more

Solar industry 'poised for take-off '
The solar industry is poised for a rapid decline in costs that will make it a mainstream power option in the next few years, according to a new assessment, announced in Washington today. ... more

UN report warns on impact of biofuels
Modern bioenergy could help to meet the needs of 1.6 billion people who lacked access to electricity and 2.4 billion people who relied on the use of traditional biomass, according to a new UN report. But there could be serious consequences if forests are razed for plantations, if food prices rise and if communities are excluded from ownership, the report warns. ... more

Indian solar energy project wins world award
The prestigious Energy Globe award for promoting sustainability energy has been won by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for helping 100,000 people in 18,000 Indian villages finance the purchase domestic solar systems. ... more

First EU commercial concentrating solar power tower opens in Spain
Europe's first commercial concentrating solar power plant began producing electricity in March near the sunny southern Spanish city of Seville. ENS reports: ... more

New wind and sun power projects
Giant wind turbines and big solar power plants are appearing in the most unlikely places as the renewable energy revolution gets under way. Here we report on the first wind turbine to be built in the UK, outside territorial waters, and the first solar plant of its kind to be built in the Gulf states. ... more

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