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Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies

Ingvar Tjostheim/Shutterstock Jack Marley, The Conversation Your annual energy bill could rise by another £800 in October according to UK electricity and gas market regulator Ofgem, which is set to lift the cap on energy prices (the maximum that energy suppliers can charge customers on a default tariff) in the autumn. The cap was already raised by £693 last month, …

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Other casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine: Russia’s climate goals and science

Katja Doose, University of Fribourg and Alexander Vorbrugg, Université de Berne As the European Union moves closer to an embargo deal on Russian oil, there is much talk about the impact of war-related sanctions on Europe’s energy transition and the world’s decarbonisation efforts. But the sanctions also have strong implications for Russia’s already slow and rather unsure green transition, be …

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The frog and the gecko: why tropical species are at greater climate risk

Predictions indicate that the Madagascar frog Mantella aurantiaca is likely to experience a dramatic decline by 2070. Frank Vassen/Wikimedia, CC BY Nicolas Dubos, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) The effects of climate change – extreme heat waves, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and devastating floods – have now been occurring for several decades, and the COP26 climate agreement reached in Glasgow …

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Conger ice shelf has collapsed: what you need to know, according to experts

Steve Allen/Shutterstock Hilmar Gudmundsson, Northumbria University, Newcastle; Adrian Jenkins, Northumbria University, Newcastle, and Bertie Miles, University of Edinburgh East Antarctica’s Conger ice shelf – a floating platform the size of Rome – broke off the continent on March 15, 2022. Since the beginning of satellite observations in the 1970s, the tip of the shelf had been disintegrating into icebergs in …

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Africa’s relations with the EU: a reset is possible if Europe changes its attitude

Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, November 2017. Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images Niall Duggan, University College Cork; Luis Mah, Universidade de Lisboa , and Toni Haastrup, University of Stirling Summits between the African Union and European Union are essential to setting the big picture agenda of contemporary Africa-EU relations. They also …

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Wind turbines can breathe new life into our warming seas

Ian Dyball / shutterstock Ben Lincoln, Bangor University; Robert Dorrell, University of Hull, and Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Offshore wind is set to move further and further from shore, as demand for renewable energy grows and new floating turbine technology makes deep-water expansion possible. However, for the first time, large areas of the UK continental shelf now open for development …

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Young Muslim women are leading environmental movements grounded in their beliefs

Jana Jandal Alirifai, a 17-year-old Syrian Canadian and coordinator for Climate Strike Canada, participated as a Syrian delegate in the MockCOP26. (Tahmina Aziz), Author provided Memona Hossain, University of Toronto Weeks prior to the lockdowns and closures that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary General António Guterres said 2020 would be a “pivotal year for how we address climate …

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Ice stupas: the artificial mini glaciers bringing water to some of the driest, coldest places on Earth

Nishant Tiku/University of Aberdeen, Author provided Matteo Spagnolo, University of Aberdeen Glaciers are not just spectacular indicators of climate change as they shrink and disappear due to global warming. They are also, for many communities, an irreplaceable source of fresh water. During the melting season in summer, a portion of mountain glacier surface releases water that is essential to the …

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