Wind power capacity grew 20% globally in 2012, figures show

A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by increases in the US, Germany, India and the UK Wind power expanded by almost 20% in 2012 around the world to reach a new peak of 282 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, while solar power reached more than 100GW, having more … Continue reading

China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show

China overtook the US as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became world’s largest energy consumer in 2010 China now burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. The country’s appetite for the carbon-intensive fuel rose by 9% in 2011, to 3.8bn tonnes, meaning it now accounts for 47% … Continue reading