Energy and Environment rss

China, USA set post-2020 climate targets

12 November 2014

Obama-Xi Nov 2014 48The USA and China have jointly announced separate targets for greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10-15 years. They hope other countries will follow their lead so that a global climate agreement can be reached next year.

Europe sets its energy goals for 2030

24 October 2014

European Union heads of state have agreed binding targets for the EU to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, raise efficiency and deploy renewables by 2030.

Nuclear battery breakthrough

18 September 2014

Research by a team led by Jae W Kwon at the University of Missouri in the USA has opened the door for the development of a new generation of water-based batteries powered by beta radiation. The technology could potentially be deployed in applications ranging from car batteries to spacecraft.

IPCC calls for zero carbon by 2100

03 November 2014

The world needs to take stringent action to move to a low-carbon economy before the end of the century to avoid severe impacts from warming of the climate, according to the final instalment of the fifth assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

China's climate change plan

22 September 2014

The Chinese government has approved a national climate change plan that sets out emission and clean energy targets for 2020. Nuclear energy will have an important role in meeting these targets.

Climate and economy can improve together

17 September 2014

Economic growth and a reduction in carbon emissions can co-exist, according to a new report by the Global Commission on Energy and Climate issued ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York next week.