Greens unveil push for 90% target for renewable energy by 2030

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Policy proposes new authority to oversee $5bn of construction in clean energy generation and a 15-year pipeline of projects through direct investment The Guardian – Daniel Hurst Political correspondent @danielhurstbne The Greens will seek to build momentum for more ambitious action on climate change by calling for the creation of a new government authority to help Australia reach a 90% target for renewable energy by 2030. The leader of the Greens, Richard Di Natale, said the policy to be released ... Read More »

Germany Abandons Nuclear Power, Increases CO2 Emissions

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Germany is set to abandon nuclear power entirely by 2022 in favor of solar and wind, significantly increasing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions due to increased coal use. The Daily Caller – Andrew Follett, Energy Reporter “Germany’s retreat from nuclear should serve as an important lesson as to what can happen when reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy is taken out of the energy mix. The country, which once was a leader in green energy innovation, is now lagging behind its emissions targets, a ... Read More »

Six sites shortlisted for Australia’s first nuclear waste dump; Government faces battle to convince locals worried over safety

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The Federal Government is facing brewing community discontent about some of the sites that have been shortlisted to host Australia’s first permanent nuclear waste dump. ABC – By political reporters Matthew Doran and Anna Henderson Key points: Six key sites shortlisted for nuclear waste dump Three sites located in South Australia Landholders stand to cash in if dump goes ahead Overnight the Government released the shortlist of six sites nominated to store low and intermediate level nuclear waste. It wants ... Read More »

Fracking ban: Labor MP urges Andrews government for permanent CSG ban

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A senior state government MP has sought a permanent ban on the controversial practice of fracking, paving the way for a potential showdown with the powerful resources industry. The Age – Farrah Tomazin For the past five months, a parliamentary committee has been examining the risks and benefits of developing coal seam gas in Victoria, to help the Andrews government determine if or when the current moratorium should be lifted. But as the committee prepares its final report, a leaked email ... Read More »

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

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World’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020 The Guardian – Arthur Neslen in Ouarzazate The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones. ... Read More »

Activist stunts make good headlines, but no long-term difference

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If we want to avoid an endless cycle of protest and corporate resistance, then campaigners need to aim for long-term collaboration with their foes The Guardian – Deborah Doane Imagine the scene: the chairman of Shell UK, Erik Bonino, sitting alongside Lee-Anne Barraclough, Shell’s VP of communications, over a Pret a Manger takeaway at Shell’s offices in London. They look out the window at the giant mechanical polar bear that’s been parked there since the morning, “I think we need ... Read More »

First Hungarian green license plate handed over

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The first green license plate is issued in Hungary. A BMW i3 got the first one, wrote. The owner of the BMW i3, which is fully electrically-powered, can use several discounts. The Jedlik Anyos Cluster delivered the package of proposals containing incentive measures to the Ministry of National Economy; the Ministry submits the legislative changes intended to be definitive until November 30. The most important measures to help the purchase of a new electric vehicle are company car tax ... Read More »

Russia faces battle with Saudi Arabia over European oil market share

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RT – European oil refineries seem to be turning to Saudi instead of Russian crude. The Kingdom has been cutting prices to win market share away from Russia which accounts for 25 percent of crude consumption in Europe. According to Reuters, oil majors Exxon, Shell, Total and Eni have been buying more crude from Riyadh for their refineries in Western Europe and the Mediterranean in the past few months at the expense of Russian oil. “I’m buying less and less ... Read More »

Large Natural Gas Field Discovered in Romania’s Black Sea Continental Shelf


Russian oil giant Lukoil, PanAtlantic and Romgaz discovered a significant natural gas field in the Black Sea continental shelf of Romania. © Novinite – This was announced by Romgaz, the largest natural gas producer and main gas supplier in Romania, in a statement released on Wednesday. The drilling of exploratory well LIRA-1X, which was completed in October 2015, led to the discovery of the natural gas field located in the deep sea Romanian offshore in Trident block (EX-30). Geological exploration ... Read More »

Israel, Cyprus disagree over Aphrodite gas field

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Israel’s claims the field extends into the Yishai license are delaying a cooperation agreement between the two countries. Globes – Amiram Barkat and Hedy Cohen A disagreement between Israel and Cyprus over development of the Aphrodite gas reservoir is delaying the signing of a unitization agreement between the countries, designed to arrange the development of oil and natural gas reservoirs shared by the two countries and other cooperative energy efforts. Israeli sources inform “Globes” that Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, ... Read More »

Oil extends gains, set for biggest weekly rise since 2009

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US Federal Reserve minutes suggested it was in no hurry to raise interest rates The Irish Times – Reuters Oil extended gains on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly rise in over six years after US Federal Reserve minutes suggested it was in no hurry to raise interest rates and an influential forecaster predicted a price rally. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up 75 cents at $53.80 a barrel at 1211 GMT, 1.3 per cent above the ... Read More »

Don’t fall for the deep-sea scaremongers – wild fishing is healthy and sustainable

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Fishermen can’t win. The harder they work, the more successful they are, the more they are apparently despised. Take Scotland, for instance, where the EU (heavily influenced by well-financed NGO lobby groups) is attempting to exclude fishermen from large areas of the sea off the west coast that they may have fished for generations. The Conversation – Magnus Johnson Disclosure statement: Magnus Johnson has acted as a consultant to the North Sea Regional Advisory Council and Scottish Whitefish Producers Association, ... Read More »

UK guarantees £2bn nuclear plant deal as China investment announced

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Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. BBC – Mr Osborne, who is in China, said the deal would pave the way for a final investment decision on the delayed project by French energy company EDF. He said it would also enable greater collaboration between Britain and China on the construction of nuclear plants. EDF welcomed the news but did not say ... Read More »

Down the drain: we need to rethink how we clean our homes

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Individually, we use thousands of chemicals in our households and very few of us think about whether they are harming the environment. We often think about buying a “green” detergent to wash our clothes, but the simple act of shampooing and conditioning our hair, even with green products, results in more than 30 chemicals being washed into our sewers. The Conversation – Peter Scales * Despite our best efforts in the supermarket, our waste water treatment systems are well designed ... Read More »

Adelaide joins race to become world’s first carbon neutral city

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South Australia aims to attract $10bn in low-carbon investment as part of ambitious new strategy and will seek to attend UN climate talks in Paris The Guardian – Oliver Milman @olliemilman The South Australian government is launching a new strategy to decarbonise its economy and has set a goal for Adelaide to become the first carbon neutral city in the world. A low-carbon economy experts panel has been appointed, including former Liberal leader John Hewson, professor Frank Jotzo and Anna Skarbek, ... Read More »

Egypt’s super-reserve find and Cyprus

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A discovery of what is estimated to be 30tcf of natural gas in Egypt’s EEZ is especially important, for the Eastern Mediterranean region.  The discovery will have a significant effect on Cyprus’ energy developments, with experts expressing the opinion that the Cyprus-Egypt agreement could potentially sink. SigmaLive – Nicolas Zannettos The largest reserve in the Mediterranean The reserve was discovered in the Shorouk field and is the biggest discovery in the Mediterranean region.  In fact, experts are saying that it ... Read More »