PM David Cameron calls for UK fracking drive

A summary of today’s top climate and clean energy stories.
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UK: Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “determined to win” the debate on fracking, arguing it will provide cheap and abundant energy with minimal environmental impact (Daily Telegraph)

China: The government plans to accelerate investment in technology to save energy and tackle the dire pollution blamed for a series of health crises that have generated widespread public anger. (Reuters)

Himalaya: The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia. (Guardian)

Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott clashed over climate change in the first public debate of the election campaign. “We’ve never doubted the science, unlike some,” said Rudd. (ABC Online)

USA: Billionaire Elon Musk is set to unveil the ‘hyperloop’ transport concept in California later today. The idea involves a “ a tube, but not a vacuum tube … not frictionless, but very low friction.” (Daily Telegraph)

Mexico: President Pena Nieto will reveal new energy reforms today, aimed at boosting economic growth in Latin America’s second largest economy and lift its energy sector into the modern era (Reuters)

Namibia: Two years of failed rains has led to grasslands the population rely on for livestock farming turning into dust (IRN News)

Technology: 633 advanced energy storage projects encompassing 865 separate systems are currently in operation or under development worldwide. (Navigant Research)

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