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The Business End of Climate Change

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Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?

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Heating coffee beans to 700-900 °C could produce a stable carbon capture, capable of absorbing 7% of its body weight in methane, in just 24 hours

Scientists discover easy way to store methane in coffee

Used coffee beans could be a simple and cheap alternative for methane storage, new scientific research has found.

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Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change

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Shell will begin drilling operations near the coast of Alaska

Shell given final go-ahead for Arctic oil drilling

Shell has received final permission from the US Government to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.

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Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution

Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.

Carbon Tracker estimates that $85bn of Shell's and BG's potential future LNG project options may not be needed

$283bn of liquefied natural gas projects 'unnecessary'

Approximately $283bn of potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are likely to be surplus to requirements over the next 10 years if the world is to limit global warming to two degrees, experts have warned.

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Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock

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Carbon Trust Report: Titans or Titanics?

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The Fawdon factory, near Newcastle, is converting four tonnes of solid waste and 200,000 litres of liquid waste into renewable energy and clean water each day.

Nestle factory reaches zero-waste milestone

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Sainsbury's is pioneering the use of ground-source heating technology by collecting the warmth from the back of its refrigerators to heat up its stores - cutting energy use by more than 30%.

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Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide

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Barack Obama has defied a Republican Congress to move ahead on his climate agenda on Wednesday, cracking down on methane emissions from America's oil and natural gas boom.

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Yorkshire Water reaps benefits of renewable energy investment

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