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DECC raises feed-in tariff budget

Two workmen binning a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The government has raised the spending cap feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme by nearly £200m to prevent the scheme exceeding its budget. It has done this by re-allocating funds previously earmarked for the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

Prevent development destroying Argentinian wildlife

 View of wetlands and trees

Photo: Ribera Conurbano Sur

A proposed development on the coast near Buenos Aires, Argentina, threatens ecological reserves and local communities.

Government appeals against solar power ruling

Workmen binning a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The government today filed a request to the Court of Appeal against a High Court ruling on 21 December that its plans to rush through cuts to solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) were unlawful.

Solar power tarifs legal win

Two workmen bin a solar panel outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Photo: Friends of the Earth

The High Court has upheld a legal challenge from Friends of the Earth and two solar electricity firms, Solar Century and HomeSun, against the government's decision to slash feed-in tariff incentives for solar installations.

Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

corridor of computer cabinets

Facebook has pledged to work with Greenpeace to source more renewable energy to power its giant data centres.

The social networking company announced yesterday that it will work with Greenpeace to increase the energy efficiency of its IT infrastructure, switch from coal to renewable energy where possible, and promote clean energy to its millions of users.

Biggest polluter at climate talks

Cyswllt Hinsawdd Affrica - The African Climate Connection

South African energy company Sasol is the world’s leader in coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology. This is the most carbon-intensive way of making petrol and diesel. Sasol’s Secunda plant produces more carbon dioxide emissions than any other single source in the world.

Fund the poor not corporations

Cyswllt Hinsawdd Affrica / The African Climate Connection 

Throughout the developing world, people are paying a terrible price for a climate crisis not of their making.

The worst droughts in over 60 years in East Africa have pushed parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland to near the point of collapse, threatening the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million people.

EU must lead in Durban

People standing in front of wind turbines with EU act now sign

Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe

The next series of UN climate talks kick off in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday.

All around the world millions of the poorest people are already facing the impacts of climate change, including floods, famine, and severe weather events.

We are facing a planetary emergency and have very little time left to avoid catastrophic climate change.

New climate change agreement needed

Cyswllt hinsawdd affrica. The african climate connection.

The UN climate change talks will take place in Durban, South Africa from 29 November to 9 December 2011.

Time is running out for an ambitious global deal on climate change to be agreed, as the Kyoto Protocol is due to end next year. We urgently need a follow-on agreement if we are to keep emissions under control and avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change.

We want the Government to:

Goldcorp damages health in Honduras

Mother holding young child with blisters on its back

Child with a skin disorder. Photo: Madre Tierra

Madre Tierra (Friends of the Earth Honduras) has denounced the health problems in Valle de Siria caused by a subsidiary of the Canadian gold company Goldcorp.

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