Energy

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How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

The long read: Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? Last month Climate change is the defining political issue of our times and not simply because of the risks we

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Where oil rigs go to die

The long read: When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breakers yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business It was night, stormy, and the oil rig Transocean Winner

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How talking to air conditioners could help prevent blackouts

An integrated energy grid could monitor power shortfalls, predict demand and respond accordingly, according to experts, although data will need to be shared For South Australia, it was a cruelly ironic one-two punch a burst of the extreme heat conditions that are so much more likely because of climate change, and a power cut linked