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Civils in the news today - Wednesday 18 March 2009

Shell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power because they are not economic, the Anglo-Dutch oil company said yesterday…

…It plans to invest more in biofuels which environmental groups blame for driving up food prices and deforestation - The Guardian

Leading energy industry executives yesterday called on the government to ensure the development of carbon capture and storage becomes commercially viable. Paul Golby, chief executive of E.On UK said the commercial development of the technology, which stops carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels being released into the atmosphere, was vital if the world was to meet the growing demand for energy and tackle climate change - The Guardian

China wants consumer countries to take responsibility for the carbon emissions generated in the manufacture of goods, not the producer countries that export them, according to its top climate change negotiator. The tough bargaining position set out by Li Gao, whose country is now the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, looks set to be a significant hurdle for the Obama administration and representatives of other developed nations as they seek to find common ground ahread of a crucial UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December - The Guardian

A former football chairman is fighting plans to turn part of his 18th century home into a quarry. Norman Hayward, who led AFC Bournemouth during the 1990s, said the proposals would involve digging up one of the most beautiful vallyes on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. French mining company Imerys Minerals has submitted plans to dig up 705,000t of ball clay over six years from a site less than a quarter of a mile from Hayward’s Grade I listed house - The Telegraph

The mystery surrounding the “Gem of Tanzania” ruby deepened yesterday after industry experts said they had never heard of that particular stone, nor of a ruby worth that much. The stone has appeared on the books of Wrekin Construction, a Shropshire construction company that collapsed last week. Its 2007 accounts reported the stone worth £11M but the books of Tamar, its parent, previously valued the stone at £300,000 - The Financial Times

A government department has spent £20,000 to design a 3D innovation centre but failed to advertise it on its website. The Second Life centre costs a further £12,000 a year to maintain, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions - The Telegraph

Royal Dutch Shell provoked a furious backlash from campaigners yesterday when it announced plans to scale back its renewable energy business and focus purely on oil, gas and biofuels. Jeroen van der Veer, the chief executive, said that Shell, the world’s second-largest non-state-controlled oil company, was planning to drop all new investment in wind, solar and hydrogen energy - The Times

 

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