World’s biggest coal port joins fossil fuel divestment push

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Newcastle is the seventh council in Australia to announce it will shun fossil fuels, reports the Sydney Morning Herald The Guardian - Amanda Saunders for Sydney Morning Herald, part of the Climate Publishers Network Newcastle city council in Australia has voted to exit holdings in the big four banks if they continue to fund fossil fuel projects. About 80% of ... Read More »

South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn’t crack

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Pioneering technology to deliver the cheapest, small-scale concentrated solar power plants in the world could revolutionise the renewable energy market The Guardian – Jeffrey Barbee in Stellenbosch It is a problem that has so far stumped even Google’s brainy engineers – how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy. Now a ... Read More »

Tony Abbott is a climate change ‘villain’, says Canadian author Naomi Klein

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The writer, who is coming to Australia on a speaking tour, says she cannot tell where the coal industry ends and the federal government begins The Guardian – Oliver Milman @olliemilman Tony Abbott is a climate change “villain” who is repeating the slogans used by the coal industry in the US, according to bestselling author and social activist Naomi Klein. Klein, ... Read More »

Australians fear Coalition is not taking climate change seriously, poll shows

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Climate Institute survey reveals overwhelming support for wind and solar energy as the Abbott government seeks to limit support for both The Guardian – Lenore Taylor Political editor @lenoretaylor Australians are deeply worried the Abbott government is underestimating the importance of climate change, new polling shows, as cabinet debates crucial long-term targets for greenhouse gas reductions. The annual polling by ... Read More »

More men back nuclear, women like solar: climate change gender divide found

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Abbott may face backlash over climate change If the climate change debate wasn’t polarised enough, another divide has opened up: the attitudes of men versus those of women. The Sydney Morning Herald – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent Climate Institute research published on Monday confirms Australian men are more likely than women to believe climate change is not happening, and ... Read More »

Russian Arctic? A new reason for the U.S. to ratify Law of the Sea

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Russia staked a claim Tuesday to a new 463,000-square-mile section of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – By the Editorial Board * It based its claim to a zone three times the size of California on what it says is new evidence based on exploration that shows the continental shelf along its northern shore extends into the ... Read More »

Russia makes renewed bid for contentious Arctic regions

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BBC – Russia has renewed its efforts to get the United Nations to recognise 1.2 million sq km (463,000 sq miles) of the Arctic shelf that it lays claim to. It made a similar move for the resource-rich territory in 2001, but that was rejected by a UN commission because of insufficient evidence. Russia’s foreign ministry said the fresh bid ... Read More »

Why Are Americans Switching to Renewable Energy? Because It’s Actually Cheaper

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Fossil fuels have become an economic liability—for both consumers and energy companies. The Nation – By Tara Lohan – Twitter Deborah Lawrence had been watching a once-empty parking lot near Midland-Odessa, Texas, fill up with idled drilling rigs usually at work plumbing for oil in the nearby Permian Basin. In January she noticed 10 rigs, then 17 a few weeks later. ... Read More »

Power sector emissions jump most in decade as black coal use surges, report says

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Carbon emissions from the country’s main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tonnes in the past two months, the quickest pace in at least a decade, according to analysis by energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry. The Age – Peter Hannam, Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald The emissions surge analysis comes with the Abbott government due ... Read More »

Obama takes ‘biggest step’ on US climate policy: experts react

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US President Barack Obama has unveiled what he describes as his biggest and most important climate policy yet. The Clean Power Plan, to be run by the Environmental Protection Agency, will see greenhouse emissions from US power stations cut by 32%, relative to 2005 levels, by 2030. The Conversation – Authors: * The policy has been hailed as a crucial ... Read More »