Obama bans more than 100m acres of offshore drilling

Barack Obama has banned oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. The President enacted a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to make than 100 million acres off-limits for fossil fuel exploration. He co-ordinated the move with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to also shield large areas of […]

Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing

The zero fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse has landed in Spain, completing the Atlantic crossing. It landed in Seville this morning after a 71-hour journey which started in New York on Monday. The journey was initially expected to take around 90 hours. Pilot Bertrand Piccard said: “The new world is the world of modern technologies, the world […]

Solar plane sets off on Atlantic crossing

A plane powered by solar energy has set off on its Atlantic journey. Solar Impulse 2 took off from New York on Monday with the aim of crossing the Atlantic. The team expects the trip to last 90 hours, landing in the Spanish city of Seville on Friday morning. It is part of the aim of […]

Obama bans oil drilling in Atlantic waters

The Obama administration won’t allow oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters. The announcement from the US Department of the Interior bars drilling across the length of the mid and south Atlantic. It stated the decision follows “significant potential conflicts” with other ocean uses such as the Department of Defense, commercial interests, current market dynamics, limited […]

New Ofgem rules to cut energy bills ‘backfire’

New Ofgem rules intended to cut energy bills will leave some SSE customers out of pocket as the supplier plans to scrap its cheaper tariffs, it has been revealed. Regulations imposed by Ofgem’s Retail Market Review limit energy suppliers to offering four different tariffs and were meant to reduce bills by forcing suppliers to put […]

Brazil allows Chevron to resume oil drilling after spill

US oil firm Chevron has been given permission to restart production at an offshore field in Brazil following a spill two years ago. The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) said it has approved Chevron’s plans to start exploration in four wells of the Frade oil field – located around 230 miles northwest of Rio – for […]

US Government pledges $180m to offshore wind

The US Government is giving $180 million (£114m) to four offshore wind projects across the States. Over the next six years the money will be dished out to speed up the deployment of “breakthrough” wind power technologies. Announcing the news, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said: “These investments are critical to ensuring that America remains […]

Swimmers stall Stena drillship

Greenpeace campaigners continue to prevent a Chevron ship from drilling for oil. The protest began last week when two activists climbed the anchor chain of the Stena Carron to prevent it from sailing into the Atlantic. After two days hanging from the chain in a ‘pod’, they abandoned their occupation following a court order, but […]