2007 boosts renewables but brings bad news for climate
Last year was a good year for renewables but a bad year for the global climate, according to two new pieces of research.
Record fine planned for water company
Ofwat has published plans to fine Thames Water a record £12.5m for alleged shortcomings in the information it provided the water watchdog and poor customer service.
Solar cell sets efficiency record
Research sponsored by the American military has resulted in a high-performance solar cell that has smashed the previous record for efficiently converting the sun's rays into electricity.
Flood chaos 'worst for 60 years'
The severe flooding affecting south and central England comes after three months of record-breaking rainfall.
June rains smash records
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All-Energy '07 a record-breaking recipe for success
Take conference sessions on every form of renewable energy source and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry; mix liberally with a major exhibition reflecting activity in this rapidly expanding industry; and add in networking opportunities in plenty and you have the recipe for All-Energy '07, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference held every May in Aberdeen.
Winter 'warmest on record'
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UK experiences its second warmest winter
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Record funding for Irish Department of the Environment
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England's bathing waters cleanest ever
England's bathing waters are cleaner than ever, with a record 99.5% of beaches, lake and river shores meeting European standards, the environment ministry said on Thursday.
Greenhouse gases reach record high
Greenhouse gas levels reached record highs in 2005 and will continue to build in the atmosphere in the absence of drastic emission cuts, the UN has said.
Biggest ozone hole on record opens up over Antarctic
The size of the ozone hole over the Antarctic this year beat all previous records, US government scientists said.
Record fine for voluntary pollution of French seas
A French court slapped a record 800,000 Euro fine on the captain and owners of a ship responsible for a 61km fuel slick off the French coast in 2005, after it deliberately released water polluted with fuel and oil into the sea.
$10m fine for 'magic pipe' pollution ship
A shipping company has been fined a record US$10m after sailors deliberately pumped huge quantities of oily sludge into the Atlantic.
Record $1m fine for polluting Seven-Up
A soft drinks company has been hit with fines in excess of US$1 million for water pollution offences in California.
Record US$30 billion investment in global renewables
Global investment in renewable energy has set a new record of US$30 billion in 2004, a new report has shown.
Record high for North Sea licensing bids
Despite warnings of global warming, depleted reserves and calls for alternative energy sources to provide the bulk of our power, interest in developing traditional fossil fuels shows no sign of diminishing.
Spain suffering worst drought since records began
Spanish farmers are expecting water rationing and severe drought this summer as records have shown the driest winter and early spring since records began almost 60 years ago.
UK recycles record number of Christmas cards
A record number of Christmas cards were recycled this year, equivalent to at least one card for every person living in the UK, a "delighted" Elliot Morley has announced.
Record breaking PFI waste contracts announced while PFI rules to change
The Government has announced a series of multi-million pound PFI waste contracts on the same day as it announced changes to the way PFI support is calculated.
Hopes Scots will beat Christmas recycling record
Scotland should recycle a record number of Christmas cards at the beginning of this year, according to the Woodland Trust.
Record grant for brownfield redevelopment
The US EPA announced a record payout of more than US$75 million to clean up brownfield sites, which, it says, will turn them from problem properties to productive community use. Communities in 42 states as well as Puerto Rico will share the fund.
Solar race most successful ever
A European car, dubbed the 'flying Dutchman', has won what is thought to have been the most successful World Solar Challenge event ever, shaving one hour and forty-five minutes off the previous record.