Environment and Climate Change

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 »

Banning environmental appeals will protect illegal government moves, rights group warns

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Liberty Victoria today warned against moves to wind back access to the courts for environmental groups. The attack on access  follows  a successful challenge by a Queensland conservation group in the Federal Court that stopped Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland. Liberty believes that removing the right of judicial review undermines government accountability and threatens the rule of law. ... Read More »

Farm groups furious at Coalition move to restrict environmental challenges

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Farm organisations horrified they will be swept up in changes to environmental laws that aim to stop green groups taking legal action against resource projects The Guardian – Lenore Taylor Political editor @lenoretaylor Angry farm organisations have learned they will be caught by changes to federal environmental laws aimed at stopping “environmental saboteurs” using the courts to delay big projects, ... 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 »

Myanmar flooding affects one million

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BBC - Nearly one million people have now been affected by widespread flooding across Myanmar since June, officials say. The government says up to 100 people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed. Though schools in some areas have reopened, fresh warnings have been issued to people living in the Irrawaddy Delta region. Myanmar (also ... 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 »

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 »