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    New figures published by the IMF show the UK provides more subsidies for fossil fuels than renewables

New figures published by the IMF show the UK provides more subsidies for fossil fuels than renewables

An IMF report has quantified the subsidies provided for the fossil fuel industry, finding the UK will spend £26 billion this year, amounting to far more than the subsidies provided for renewables. Bob Ward summarises the findings.

New figures published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the UK Government may not be looking in the right place if it wants to cut energy […]

A Global Apollo Programme to tackle climate change

Leading thinkers across the worlds of science, public service and academia have launched a new global programme to combat climate change. Richard Layard outlines their proposal for big public investment in research that will dramatically reduce the costs of clean energy.

In the past, governments faced with existential threats to their country have called on their scientists and engineers to provide solutions. […]

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    Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Following the election of a Conservative majority government, there is now a Tory minister, Amber Rudd, in charge of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this article, Bob Ward argues that she should would be well advised to ignore the views of Fraser Nelson and the Conservative fringe of free-market fundamentalists and climate change ‘sceptics’. 

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    What impact will the decline in oil prices have on the renewable energy sector?

What impact will the decline in oil prices have on the renewable energy sector?

With the price of oil dropping dramatically over the last several months, many are asking what this means for the renewable energy sector. Jennifer Baka finds that the potential for growth in wind and solar is strong and unlikely to be impacted by recent oil price declines. Declining oil prices can, however, impact the transportation sector, specifically the markets for biofuels and […]

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    Institutions need to radically change for the Anthropocene epoch

Institutions need to radically change for the Anthropocene epoch

We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, with human activity now threatening to change the parameters of the Earth system itself. Current social and political institutions may not be up to the demands of this emerging epoch, writes John Dryzek. He argues that we should think in terms of social-ecological systems, and not treat institutions as though the ecological world doesn’t exist.

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    UK energy supply (in)security and the implications for the politics of energy and climate change

UK energy supply (in)security and the implications for the politics of energy and climate change

The idea that the UK’s energy supply is at risk has once again gained currency with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. While the narrative that energy supplies are of strategic importance is regularly trotted out by UK corporate energy interests for their own gain, the reason it is so successful goes beyond this. Here, Caroline Kuzemko explains why the narrative of energy […]

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    Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

A close reading of international climate politics points to subtle but important changes in the diplomatic process and the positions of major actors, writes Robert Falkner. However, it looks like differentiation and flexibility in national commitments will be the price to pay for a climate agreement that includes all major emitters.

So here we go again. World leaders gather at a UN […]

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    Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Wind turbines are generally popular as a source of green energy but face considerable opposition from the people who have to live near them. Steve Gibbons uses local property markets as a way to value the visual impact of wind farms and finds significant negative effects on house prices in postcodes where the turbines are visible.

Since the mid-1990s, there has been rapid growth in the number of wind […]

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