Green power success stories take the wind out of Tony Abbott

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Comment The Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald political and international editor There was so much, in fact, that the price of electricity actually fell to zero. And the price kept falling. It went negative. There were times on April 17 when wholesale electricity in Germany was selling for minus 14.91 euros for a megawatt hour. So it wasn’t ... Read More »

From Kansas to Copenhagen: clean energy beacons around the world

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From small islands to towns and cities, here are the climate trail blazers showing the way to an energy future that does not run on coal, oil and gas The Guardian – Karl Mathiesen With global demand for energy continuing to rise and fossil fuel production buoyed by $5.3tn (£3.4tn) in tax-payer subsidies annually, it is easy to lose hope that ... Read More »

Vietnam opposes Chinese fishing ban in disputed sea

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HANOI: Vietnam said it resolutely opposes a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the Gulf of Tonkin, the latest in a series of sovereignty disputes in and around the South China Sea. Arab News – Agencies China’s ban came as the neighbors seek to patch up ties since a row in May last year when China deployed a $1-billion oil rig ... Read More »

China-Russia drills in Med show shifting strategies

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The Russian and Chinese navies have begun their first joint exercises in the Mediterranean that will last for about a week. BBC – By Jonathan Marcus, Diplomatic correspondent Though small scale, it is a signal of growing defence ties between Beijing and Moscow and a demonstration that China’s maritime horizons are broadening. Two Chinese 054A/Jiangkai II class missile frigates – the Linyi ... Read More »

Putin offers Greece pipeline financing help

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Russia said it is ready to consider providing finance to Greek companies that will participate in the construction of the gas pipeline continuing the Turkish Stream. New Europe - By Kostis Geropoulos Gazprom wants to redirect most of the Ukrainian transit flow via the new Turkish/Greek pipeline by 2019 ATHENS – Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin ... Read More »

US urges Greece to reject Turkish Stream, focus on Western-backed project

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RT – Washington is pushing Athens not to abandon a Western-backed Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project in favor of the Russia-proposed Turkish Stream, a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe via Greece. Greece should consider joining the TAP, which will link Europe to natural gas supplies from Azerbaijan via Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, top US energy ... Read More »

ANALYSIS – Alberta election could break climate change logjam in Canada

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Premier-designate Rachel Notley promises to stop lobbying for pipelines By Margo McDiarmid, environment reporter, CBC News Canada’s climate change conversation is about to take a dramatic turn with the election of Alberta’s new NDP premier. Premier-designate Rachel Notley signalled on election night the province’s environmental image will get a makeover. “To build Canada’s energy sector so that we build bridges and we open ... Read More »

Cyprus pins hopes on Australian solar technology to make shift away from oil

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Solar thermal technology will generate electricity and tackle water shortages – earning Australia’s science agency CSIRO $500,000 for solar field design The Guardian - Oliver Milman @olliemilman Australian scientists have designed and installed solar energy technology in Cyprus to help the island nation shift away from fossil fuels and also tackle its chronic water shortages. A team from the CSIRO, Australia’s national science ... Read More »