22 – 29 July 2014
Prepared by the IMechE Information and Library Service
push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards
(Guardian) Jul 28, 2014
Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of
fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other
protected areas in "exceptional circumstances".
Fracking is vital, but a balance has to be struck
(Telegraph) Jul 28, 2014
The Government's promise to limit fracking in national parks is welcome
- but shale gas is still a vital part of our energy future.
The Guardian view on the dash for shale gas
(Guardian) Jul 28, 2014
Editorial: Fracking is likely to be part of Britain’s future, but the
mix of Whitehall haste and corporate greed is alarming.
fracking consultant appointed as new Environment Agency chief
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 23, 2014
Philip Dilley, the former chairman of an engineering firm that wrote
environmental reports on fracking, will be the new chairman of the Environment
IPCC climate change report's findings must be accepted, MPs
(Guardian) Jul 29, 2014
The Energy and Climate Change Committee found that the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's processes were “robust” and their
conclusions should be accepted by policymakers.
EU approves UK’s renewable subsidy scheme and capacity
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 24, 2014
The EU has approved the UK’s capacity market, which aims to prevent
blackouts, and and the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which will
Renewable energy sector reacts with anger to subsidy funding
(Click Green) Jul 24, 2014
RenewableUK, the trade association, which represents the wind, wave and
tidal energy industries, has expressed disappointment that insufficient funding
is being made available to ensure the UK’s successful transition from fossil
fuels to clean energy sources.
Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired
(Guardian) Jul 22, 2014
Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with
Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption.
EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for
(Reuters) Jul 23, 2014
The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to
improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and
energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.
Welcome to DECC: New Energy Minister suffers latest Green
(Click Green) Jul 25, 2014
Newly appointed Energy Minister Amber Rudd has been forced to shut down
the Green Deal money back scheme “with immediate effect” after it was
overwhelmed by a last-minute dash for cash.
Aviation expansion doesn’t need to cost the environment,
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 22, 2014
Business lobby group CBI has argued that the UK’s air links must
develop in order to support growth and future economic options. However, a
new report from the organisation states that such development does not have to
come at the expense of environmental commitments.
£1bn UK low carbon vehicle research centre to be hosted at
(Blue & Green Tomorrow) Jul 28, 2014
A new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) hub will be located at Warwick
University, as part of a joint 10-year initiative to develop the UK’s
sustainable transport industry.
questions answered: geoengineering
(Engineer) Jul 25, 2014
Our expert panel discusses the feasibility of using
geoengineering techniques to counteract climate change.
change a greater threat to global food production than previously thought: MIT
(International Business Times) Jul 28, 2014
The world is expected to need about 50 percent more food than it does today by
2050, due to population growth and the increasing demand for cereal-based diets.
But warming temperatures may reduce global crop yields by about 10 percent over
that same period.