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A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms to help compete with fossil fuel power
At the edge of a plot of muddy farmland, a few miles down the road from the University of California at Davis, an engineer takes a few quick steps across crop rows and lets go of a three-foot drone
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2017-02-26 08:00:31
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Complaints about ‘green crap’ have been a convenient excuse for governments unable or unwilling to intervene and cap suppliers’ pricesLast week, photographs of wind turbines were once again juxtaposed with headlines about rising energy prices. The cause on this occasion was no less pre-eminent a body than a Lords committee, comprising former chancellor Norman Lamont and other heavyweight peers
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2017-02-26 01:00:23
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU environment ministers are bracing for a tough debate on Tuesday to find a compromise on reforms to the carbon market, EU sources said, with nations split over how to balance climate ambitions with protection for energy-intensive industry.
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2017-02-24 09:12:22
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Committee urges new energy commission that would prioritise low energy bills and security rather than low carbon emissionsMinisters should establish a new energy commission to spur on construction of power stations because successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK, according to a House of Lords report
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2017-02-24 05:09:06
Liberal MP calls for RET to be frozen and immigration to be explicitly linked to issue of housing affordabilityThe chairman of the Turnbull government’s backbench environment and energy committee has backed Tony Abbott’s call to wind back the renewable energy target, and cut the immigration rate to boost housing affordability
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2017-02-24 01:25:24
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New report to UN world heritage committee criticises Australia’s lack of planning in dealing with effects of climate changeThe Great Barrier Reef faces an “elevated and imminent risk” of more widespread coral bleaching this year, the reef authority has warned the Queensland government.An alert from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says more of the reef is showing built-up heat stress than this time last year, just before its worst-ever bleaching event killed off a quarter of all coral
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2017-02-23 21:44:51
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(Reuters) - U.S. fishing and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
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2017-02-23 21:19:48
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The small island’s energy makeover took less than a decade and was spurred on by local commitment, providing a template for how regional Australia could transition to renewablesAnyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes
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2017-02-23 16:48:17
OSLO (Reuters) - Ocean scientists will pick 50 coral reefs worldwide to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and over-fishing that threatens to wipe out 90 percent of all reefs by 2050, according to a plan launched on Thursday.
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2017-02-23 10:06:07
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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte had backed her decision to ban mining in watershed areas at a meeting earlier this week, winning his support once more for her crackdown on the sector.
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2017-02-23 04:36:55
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Market regulator urgently requested aluminium smelter reduce electricity use as demand surged alongside temperaturesGas-fired power plants failed during this month’s New South Wales heatwave, forcing authorities to urgently cut demand from the Tomago aluminium smelter to prevent outages.The record-breaking heat put enormous strain on NSW’s electricity supply on Friday, 10 February, when demand peaked at 4
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2017-02-22 18:33:12
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Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies
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2017-02-22 17:47:19
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Opposition leader to dig in behind ETS and goal of sourcing 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, will dig in behind his party’s goal of sourcing 50% of Australia’s electricity from renewables by 2030 and the party’s proposed emissions trading scheme, arguing they are vehicles to drive new investment in clean energy
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2017-02-22 13:11:09
From New York to Frankfurt, readers shared their experiences of renewable energy projects in cities around the worldWhat next for renewables in cities? – the expert viewI was invited to take photos on the roof of Portsmouth city council. Most of the roof is covered in solar panels.Sent via GuardianWitness By Paul Watt 10 February 2017, 14:10 Historical bay front solar installation powering 60% of the museums electrical needs
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2017-02-22 03:42:53
The president could spring a surprise with a carbon price, making renewables cheaper, US Republican warns Fossil fuel industries in Australia could be left behind by improvements in renewables and the possibility Donald Trump changes tack on a carbon tax, a former US Republican congressman has warned
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2017-02-22 01:24:28