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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Fossil Fuels

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# Smog
It isn't the fog that China is having difficulty seeing through
In some parts of the city smog has reached levels 17 times the recommended limit from the World Health Organisation.
# Fossil Fuels
G7 leaders agree to phase out oil, gas and coal use by end of this century
The agreement among world leaders sends a strong signal to the climate change conference in Paris later this year.
# power play
ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support
Targets and backing for the renewable-energy sources should end after 2020, the state supplier says.
# The Price of Power
Ireland's electricity is the most expensive of anywhere in Europe
And most government subsidies are flowing to the country’s fossil-fuel industries, EU says.
How cooking with coal and wood fires is killing millions around the world
…Especially women and children.
# eco-friendly
You may be judged on your fuel efficiency in a new driving test
The RSA wants your view but it has some of its own ideas.
# Poverty
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
# Blue Energy
EU Commission sets out plan to harvest energy from our seas and oceans
Ocean energy – known as ‘blue energy’ – covers all technologies that harvest renewable energy from our seas and oceans other than offshore wind.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland consider nuclear power?
Britain is building a new nuclear reactor to provide electricity for homes – but should Ireland follow suit?
# Solar Power
How this plane is travelling across America without any fuel
Powered entirely by the sun, the plane can fly by day or night but it will never be able to carry passengers.
Column: The UK is exploring its shale gas future, we should do the same
Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue – but the Irish government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Oil
The 7 most important oil chokepoints in the world
These are the narrow bodies of water over which almost half of the world’s oil production must travel – and are therefore vulnerable to disruption.
Column: We believe economic growth can save us… but can it?
Our blind faith in growing the economy may be ignoring some important facts, writes Dermot McNally.
# Gas
Oireachtas committee to visit Leitrim to discuss fracking
Initial investigations suggest there could be a major gas reserve in the north-west of the country – but the possible use of fracking to extract the gas is highly controversial.
# Fracking
Calls to exclude fossil fuel industry from all fracking research
However, the Environmental Protection Agency has said it would be unlikely that somebody with no links to the fossil fuel industry could produce a report on fracking processes.
Column: We need to face facts - this is the end of cheap oil for Ireland
Even with the recent discovery of oil in Irish waters, Ireland remains one of the most dependent countries in the world on imported fuels. This can’t last, writes Eamon Ryan.
Column: For now, Ireland’s oil reserves are best off in private hands
Yes, our oil resources are rich – but the cost of exploiting them means we’re better off leaving it to commercial firms, writes Simon Tuohy.
Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’
After Fukushima, nuclear power has become a bogeyman – but we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, writes physicist David Robert Grimes.
Greenpeace calls on Facebook to 'unfriend coal'
Environmental lobby group launched protest online and in person outside Facebook’s Dublin offices over the company’s use of coal-produced power.
# Environment
Satellite photos show damage to the earth caused by humans
Some of the destruction caused by humans destroying rainforests, draining marshes and drilling for fossil fuels has been captured by Nasa satellite photographs.
# Fossil Fuels
BP sign deal with Russia to drill in the Arctic
BP has teamed up with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft to explore for natural gas and oil off the Siberian coast.