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The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries.

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The UK's first council-run energy company will be set up next year by Nottingham City Council.

Water shortages now hindering energy production

The World Bank has launched an initiative to help countries mitigate the impact of water scarcity on energy security, arguing that water shortages are now slowing down global energy production.

Ireland saving millions with energy efficiency retrofitting

Ireland is reaping the benefits of an energy efficiency retrofit programme, making €35m worth of energy savings in 2012.

Global energy and security task force unveiled

A new task force to focus on the impact of energy on security and to examine ways of preventing energy-related conflict has been launched by the International Peace Institute (IPI).

Welsh housing estate to get a green facelift

A major project to regenerate a deprived housing estate in Wales into an eco-friendly hub and slash domestic fuel bills has been unveiled.

Government pledges to reduce energy bills

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is set to unveil, what he claims, is a landmark deal between the Government and the big six to cut energy bills.

YouTube challenge to Big Six goes viral

A YouTube video which features collapsing cooling towers has gone 'viral' after being viewed more 1,500,000 times in less than a week, as part of a campaign to challenge "bad behaviour" by the Big Six.

Boris helps Londoners green their homes

An energy efficiency programme launched by London mayor Boris Johnson has helped 40,000 homes in the capital save an estimated £4m off their energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Households put up the heating 5C in 40 years

The average family home is comfortably warm at 17.3C a rise of more than 5C since 1970.

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Solar power developer launches 'revolving' sustainable energy fund

A new 'revolving' sustainable energy fund which aims to bring solar lighting to rural off-grid communities in East Africa has been launched by pay-as-you-go solar power developer Eight19 and social enterprise SunnyMoney.

Arab States demand compensation

At a time when the Kyoto process lies dormant until Russia ratifies, and with all eyes on Iraq, the environment and energy ministers of the Arab States have signed the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Environment and Energy.

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