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Qatari scientists develop 'clouds' for World Cup

Qatar have developed artificial clouds to provide shade for stadiums and training grounds at the 2022 World Cup.

Solar industry uproar over plans to slash subsidies

Britain's solar industry was in uproar yesterday, branding the Government's proposed changes to the feed-in tariff (FIT) subsidy scheme as "nonsensical", "disgraceful" and "a horrendous strategic mistake".

Solar power industry set to lock horns with state

Britain's fledgling solar power industry is gearing up for a fight over the Government's review of the solar subsidies scheme.

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Green power industry claims Government backtracking on solar

While sharply rising oil prices claim attention across the world, the British Government is facing increasingly vocal criticism over a policy on solar power subsidies that critics deride as "extraordinary".

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