Unstable dams mean Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster threatens Central Asia’s Fergana valley

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

Studies show Soviet-era radioactive waste disposal facilities became unreliable following 2017 landslide.

The 'wet-bulb' set to kill hundreds of thousands of people if temperatures and humidity levels continue to rise

Ben Aris in Berlin April 22, 2024

Temperatures are continuing to rise to new all-time highs as global warming accelerates. People have started to die because of the extreme heat and it’s only a matter of time before the “wet-bulb” effect kills large numbers of people.

Hungary aims to double geothermal energy use by 2030

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2024

Hungary already uses geothermal energy as a clean alternative to fossil fuel in district heating, but has vast untapped reserves.

Serbia's historic monasteries go green with solar energy adoption

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague April 18, 2024

Ten monasteries in Serbia have adopted solar power in recent years in a bid to increase self-sustainability and curb electricity expenses.

Dubai hit with a year’s worth of rain in a day

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2024

Dubai was hit with the heaviest rainfall in 75 years after a whole year’s worth of rain fell in a day on April 16, plunging the capital of the United Arab Emirates into chaos.

Slovenia's first geothermal power plant produces initial kW of electricity

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

Pilot geothermal power station built on an abandoned gas well produces first electricity, but investor says modifications needed for viable long-term energy generation.

Central Asian states have a coal dependency problem – report

Eurasianet April 14, 2024

Coal addiction in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan fuels regional global warming conundrum.

Global warming and war redraws undersea internet cable connections map

bne IntelliNews April 13, 2024

A 14,500-kilometre subsea cable project in the Arctic will redraw the international data traffic route, offering a strategic alternative away from vulnerable European cables that have already come under attack by the West’s enemies.

IEA: Methane emissions at an all-time high need to be reduced by 75% by 2030 at a cost of $170bn

International Energy Agency April 11, 2024

Methane emissions are 80 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Rather than falling, they are currently at an all-time high and rising. The IEA says they need to fall by 75% by 2030 if the Paris Accord targets are going to be met.

E.ON building big solar farm for BMW's Hungarian EV plant

Tamas Csonka in Budapest April 11, 2024

BMW is building a €1bn vehicle plant and a €1bn battery plant in Hungary's fastest-growing industrial hub.

Levels of the three most dangerous human-caused GHGs at record highs

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles April 9, 2024

Concentrations of CO2, methane and nitrous oxide climbed to record levels in the global atmosphere in 2023, contributing ever more to the climate crisis. This is according to scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Disaster season: heat waves sweep the world – in charts and maps

Ben Aris in Berlin April 8, 2024

In the last week temperatures have soared, breaking monthly records in nearly half the countries on the planet. In much of Europe temperatures have reached those of mid-summer in the first week of April.

INTERVIEW: Sunny climates and government incentives drive Balkan solar markets

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 6, 2024

Elen managing partner Lulzim Syla outlines the potential of the solar markets in Kosovo, Albania, and North Macedonia in an interview with bne IntelliNews.

Unexplained spill fuels concern about Afghan canal project

Eurasianet April 3, 2024

Is Uzbekistan engaging in quiet water diplomacy?

Where is green tech made in Europe?

Ben Aris in Berlin April 1, 2024

Europe is home to more than 400 clean tech manufacturing plants, but the distribution is uneven and a few large countries dominate the business of making equipment needed to produce green energy sources.

World Meteorological Organisation issues ‘red alert’ on climate crisis

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2024

The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation has issued a “red alert” on the climate crisis, citing unprecedented increases in 2023 in greenhouse gases, land and water temperatures and melting of glaciers and sea ice.

Rain, rain go away

Ben Aris in Berlin March 27, 2024

The hotter the world gets, the more water the air can hold and the more it will rain.

North Macedonia aims to attract almost $600mn for green transition

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 20, 2024

Skopje secures $85mn from Climate Investment Funds in first step towards coal phase-out.

Only seven countries meet WHO air pollution guideline

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles March 19, 2024

IQAir’s 6th Annual World Air Quality Report reveals “troubling details” of the world's most polluted countries, territories and regions in 2023.

China’s EV giant BYD wants curbs on “disorderly” imports in line with move into Uzbekistan

bne IntelliNews March 19, 2024

Critics of potential move say it could be bad news for the consumer.