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Updated: Government proposes shale gas sovereign wealth fund

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Ministers confirm plans to re-invest fracking revenues, as tensions emerge over what to do with the money

10 Nov 2014

Could falling oil price threaten £271bn of Canada oil sands investment?

Tar sands in Canada

Carbon Tracker says under pressure oil companies will soon look to cut capital-intense projects with high break-even points

05 Nov 2014

Fracking investments under threat from falling oil prices

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Shale gas companies and oil majors seeing profits eaten away as crude prices dip to $80 a barrel

29 Oct 2014

Shell seeks to extend Arctic drilling licences beyond 2017

Letter obtained by Oceana shows Shell is seeking five more years for controversial exploration programme

29 Oct 2014

Could Lego ditching Shell present an opportunity for clean tech?

The latest victory in Greenpeace's campaign against Shell's planned Arctic exploration could present an important opportunity for clean tech firms

24 Oct 2014

Fossil fuel companies 'paying lip service' to climate risk

Carbon Tracker study finds almost all oil, gas and coal companies acknowledge climate change as an issue but very few are integrating it into strategy

15 Oct 2014

United Biscuits soaks up waste vegetable oil to power lorries

Snacks giant rolls out used cooking oil to curb carbon emissions of 12 trucks by 97 per cent

30 Sep 2014

New EU energy and climate commissioner 'must drop oil shares'

Miguel Arias Cañete told by lawmakers that he must give up his shares in two oil companies if his nomination is to be approved

12 Sep 2014

Exxon accused of downplaying carbon bubble risks

Carbon Tracker says oil major is underestimating chances of global deal on climate, as Shell chief executive claims climate debate has gone to "la-la land"

12 Sep 2014

BP ruled 'grossly negligent' over Gulf oil disaster

Shares in oil giant plunge six per cent as reports suggest ruling could leave it open to $18bn in fines

04 Sep 2014

Shell leaves door open for Arctic drilling return

Company files proposal with US government for two rigs off the Alaskan coast

29 Aug 2014

Should we "green up" dirty energy technologies?

Companies and activists alike are working to make processes like fracking and tar sands oil production more environmentally responsible - should we beat them up or cheer them on?

29 Aug 2014

Analyst: New clean tech investment vehicles needed to enable $5tr fossil fuel divestment

New report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals huge scale of the challenge faced by global divestment campaign

26 Aug 2014

Carbon Tracker: Billions of oil projects threatened by crude prices

NGO argues oil majors should cancel at least $91bn of projects that need high oil prices to succeed, although over $500bn is at risk

15 Aug 2014

LEGO attempts to stonewall escalating Greenpeace protest

Toy giant refuses to accept petition from 115,000 people calling on it to quit partnership with Shell over Arctic oil exploration

23 Jul 2014

2Co Energy in talks to sell Don Valley CCS project

Project that failed to secure first wave of government CCS backing could be sold to Norwegian developer

09 Jul 2014

Here's why oil is poised for disruption

In the new land of opportunity, oil is no longer in the picture as it is now

27 Jun 2014

We are living through a slow motion global energy crisis - and only clean tech can save us

BP's latest statistical report should be a wake-up call, that it is not suggests we are sleep-walking into a climate and energy disaster

20 Jun 2014

Enbridge faces local opposition over tar sands pipeline, despite federal approval

First Nation groups vow to continue fight against controversial tar sands pipeline

20 Jun 2014

The terrifying trends concealed in BP's Statistical Review

Oil prices remain near record highs, the world is reliant on the US gas boom, and renewables make up just a fraction of the energy mix - for BP this is evidence of 'the strength' of the global energy system

17 Jun 2014

Ibiza unites against oil prospectors

The waters surrounding the Balearic party island are a world heritage site – and conservationists, politicians and tourist chiefs are adamant that plans to drill in the sea must be stopped

16 Jun 2014

Former Shell boss slams oil industry over slow progress on CCS

Carbon Trust chairman James Smith argues oil industry can play a role in a low-carbon world, but only if it starts to take CCS more seriously

16 Jun 2014

James Smith: 'This generation has the opportunity to put the world on a sustainable footing'

The Carbon Trust chair and former Shell boss reckons the oil industry can decarbonise, but only if it starts to take carbon capture and storage seriously

16 Jun 2014

Soco halts oil exploration in Africa's Virunga national park

British oil company bows to pressure and abandons drilling in volatile and biodiverse region of Democratic Republic of Congo

11 Jun 2014

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