British Gas and SSE are more reliant on coal to produce the electricity they sell to customers than they were ten years ago. File photo

Big Six energy companies have 'quietly abandoned their green electricity tariffs'

Major suppliers made public commitments to reduce their carbon emissions

The Rocky Fire in California earlier this month, where 9,000 firefighters tried to contain a blaze that ravaged 60,000 acres

Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say

Exclusive: Findings make a nonsense of claims of a 'pause' in global warming

Nasa says sea levels have risen faster than thought due to climate change

'Significant changes are taking place today on ice sheets. It would take centuries to reverse the trend of ice retreat'

The average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces last month reached 16.61 C (61.86F)

Climate change: July was the Earth's hottest month on record – while 2015 could be the warmest year, scientists say

Average temperature across land and ocean surfaces last month reached 16.61C

Thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing, China

China's carbon emissions overestimated by up to 14 per cent in the last decade, say scientists

'China is the largest coal consumer in the world, but it burns much lower quality coal, such as brown coal, which has a lower heat value'

A protest poster at a proposed fracking site at Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, North Yorkshire

Government accused of protecting Tory-voting South as every one of the 27 newly-awarded fracking sites is in the North and Midlands

'It looks suspiciously like the Tories are trying to avoid fracking taking place in their heartlands by pushing as much of it as possible up north'

ShellNo flotilla participants shown demonstrating near the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig Shell

Arctic drilling: Royal Dutch Shell granted final permit for exploration of possible oil reserves off Alaska

US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has said there is a 75 per cent chance of 'one or more large spills' within 10 years of drilling in the area

Lava from the Stromboli volcano flows into the sea. Stromboli, one of Europe's most active volcano, is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago just off Sicily in southern Italy

Global warming is reversing 1,800 years of natural ocean cooling, study finds

Ocean temperatures have fallen significantly over the past two millennia

Global warming: National Geographic map shows 'striking' retreat of Arctic ice sheet

Images taken from atlases from 1999 to 2014 show a dramatic reduction in Arctic ice as temperatures rise

Aerial view of Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel locks

Panama Canal to restrict access to ships after El Nino drought

The canal is a leading trade route which links the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean

Climate change: Oceans will die even if we remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere, say scientists

Oceans will still become acidic due to CO2 dissolving to form carbonic acid, the report found

Cuadrilla’s plans in Lancashire provoked protests from climate change activists

Fracking could be delayed for up to two years across UK after Lancashire council rejects test drilling

Setback for Government after shale gas company is banned from drilling eight wells on Lancashire coastal plain

Digging deeper: once the glaciers have melted there will be no more water to power the oil sands, such as those in Athabasca, Canada

Margaret Atwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years

Boris Johnson cycles over Westminster Bridge

Boris Johnson unveils plans to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe

His announcement came as the Fire Brigade announced they would replace some of their cars with electric vehicles

One in five Australians don't believe in climate change

17 per cent of Australians disbelieved in climate change, followed by 15 per cent of people in Norway, 13 per cent in New Zealand and 12 per cent of Americans

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