Energy

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

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Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema. Linde Zuidema Euractiv Setting a day aside to celebrate forests is laudable. Yet this year… Bioenergy policy being… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

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The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

IN SPACE - APRIl 5: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (NO SALES) This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows the Unired Kingdom, northern France and Belgium with the northern lights further to the north, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station on April 5, 2016. ESA astronaut Tim Peake is performing more than 30 scientific experiments and taking part in numerous others from ESA's international partners during his six-month mission, named Principia, after Isaac Newtons ground-breaking Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which describes the principal laws of motion and gravity.  (Photo by Tim Peake / ESA/NASA via Getty Images)

Getting power to people where and when it’s needed could rewrite the geopolitical rulebook Richard Gray BBC News Every day, our species chews its way through more than a million terajoules of energy. That’s roughly equivalent… The biggest energy… Read More »

Elon Musk offers to fix Australian power network in 100 days

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Elon Musk, boss of electric car firm Tesla, says he can help solve South Australia’s power crisis within 100 days – and if not he’ll do it for… BBC The offer follows a series of blackouts in the… On Thursday, Tesla executive Lyndon Rive had said the company could install 100-300 megawatt hours of… Elon Musk offers… Read More »

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

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Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’ Justin McCurry at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant The Guardian Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a… Dying robots and… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

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Some commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply. Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander The Conversation These concerns hinge on the fact that solar panels and other domestic generators can push up voltages, potentially making it harder for network companies to maintain stability across the grid. But what is… Crisis, what crisis… Read More »

We need to think now about our solar power revolution

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Given the lack of regulations governing solar power, Kieran Hartley argues that we need to rethink how we want to use it to meet our energy needs in the future… Kieran Hartley Irish Examiner THE lack of planning guidelines governing the hundreds of applications for solar farms, or Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (SPV’s), will leave consumers out of pocket and lead local communities to protest. Ireland is on the… We need to think… Read More »

Ireland Is Set to Become the First Country to Completely Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

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Goodbye, coal and oil. Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from fossil fuels, thanks to a new bill recently passed by the… Josh Hrala ScienceAlert If set into law after review, the vote – which passed with 90 to 53 votes last Thursday – would halt public funding of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and… Ireland Is Set… Read More »

Why Putin needs Orbán

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - FEBRUARY 17:  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban converse during a signing ceremony of several agreements between the two countries at Parliament on February 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Putin is in Budapest on a one-day visit, his first visit to an EU-member country since he attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France in June, 2014.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Russia looks to Budapest and the new Trump reality to bring down sanctions wall. Lili Bayer Politico BUDAPEST — As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to make a rare trip to the European Union Thursday, his choice of destination — Hungary — reveals a shift in the Kremlin’s strategy in Europe following the… Why Putin needs… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Republicans step up push for Arctic drilling in wildlife refuge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Bloomberg) — Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in U.S. oil drilling is about to… ALEX NUSSBAUM World Oil Bouyed by Donald Trump’s election, Republicans are pushing to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the… Republicans step up… Read More »

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

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Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’… Heather Hansman The Guardian In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and… Congress moves to… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

Southeast Asia’s newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future

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With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste’s upcoming elections could be the public’s most important decision since… David Hutt South East Asia Globe “Our people need money,” said then-President Xanana Gusmão the day after Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in… Southeast Asia’s newest… Read More »