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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
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
A complex range of factors is shaping how and why cities adopt renewable energy, from costs to the need for stable power supplies
‘This building is its own power plant’: your stories of renewables in the cityAs renewable energy projects are rolled out in cities around the world, we spoke to companies and organisations working in the sector to find out what’s happening and what to expect
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2017-02-22 02:03:09
Friday, February 10th, 2017      Leave a Comment
There’s a long list of blame and shame for Australia’s threadbare climate and energy policy, but Turnbull’s party takes the cakeWatching politics builds a high tolerance for hypocrisy and humbug, but even I am aghast at the Coalition’s antics this week – fondling a lump of coal in parliament while accusing the opposition of an “ideological approach to energy” and negligence in policy planning
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2017-02-10 16:50:05
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Company says it’s cheaper to pay the penalty, but the move is branded as ‘undermining of the objectives’ of the renewable energy targetThe Clean Energy Regulator has castigated a major electricity company for choosing to pay a $123m penalty rather than build or contract new wind or solar power
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2017-01-24 19:36:01
Thursday, January 19th, 2017      Leave a Comment
When Malcolm Turnbull deposed Tony Abbott as prime minister, serious action on global warming was hoped for – but almost nothing has changedAustralia’s January news has been full of official reports of record-breaking extreme weather devastating our ecosystems on land and in the sea and government ministers suggesting we build new coal-fired power stations, provide billion-dollar subsidised loans to rail lines for new coal mega-mines, increase coal exports to reduce temperature rises and reduce our ambitions for renewable power
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2017-01-19 23:09:03
Thursday, January 19th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Vast plant in Qinghai province is part of China’s determination to transform itself from climate change villain to a green energy colossusHigh on the Tibetan plateau, a giant poster of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, guards the entrance to one of the greatest monuments to Beijing’s quest to become a clean energy colossus
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2017-01-19 06:00:01
Thursday, January 19th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Building large-scale solar farms in northern Victoria part of plan to reduce state’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050Melbourne’s tram network will become entirely solar-powered under a proposal by the Andrews government to build large-scale solar farms in northern Victoria.The proposal, announced on Thursday, is part of a plan to reduce Victoria’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050
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2017-01-19 00:47:40
Sunday, January 15th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Creating a sustainable community is about more than solar energy and recycled water, says the Green Building CouncilWith murder rates double, and robbery rates three times, the state average, the Sydney suburb of Blacktown is not an obvious choice as a world leader of sustainable living. But, in 2016, a new master-planned estate in the suburb became the first residential community in New South Wales to be awarded a top, six-star Green Star community rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
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2017-01-15 20:35:57
Thursday, January 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News NetworkIt was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation
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2017-01-12 06:33:41
Sunday, December 18th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Greg Hunt suggested funds from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could be used to build a new power station for the struggling plant A ministerial intervention aimed at using Clean Energy Finance Corporation funds to support a fossil-fuel electricity generator for the struggling Alcoa aluminium smelter could be unlawful, according to the Greens
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2016-12-18 23:11:55
Thursday, December 15th, 2016      Leave a Comment
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Climate scientists worried that President-elect Donald Trump will slash their budgets and sideline their research are entering survival mode, trimming the words "climate change" from study proposals, emphasizing business applications of their work, and safeguarding data that shows global warming is real
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2016-12-15 11:11:12
Friday, December 2nd, 2016      Leave a Comment
Environmentalists celebrate as Beijing appears to abandon plans to build giant hydroelectric dams on 1,750-mile NujiangEnvironmentalists in China are celebrating after controversial plans to build a series of giant hydroelectric dams on the country’s last free-flowing river were shelved.
Activists have spent more than a decade campaigning to protect the Nujiang, or “angry river”, from a cascade of dams, fearing they would displace tens of thousands of people and irreparably damage one of China’s most spectacular and bio-diverse regions
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2016-12-02 02:35:18
Sunday, November 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Policy Exchange says policies boost growth in dirty diesel, arguing a smarter power grid could cut costs and curb emissionsSmart technology that could shave £90 off household energy bills and curb carbon emissions is being stymied by government policy, a leading thinktank has said.In a wide-ranging report, Policy Exchange also claimed that current energy policy offered too many incentives to build polluting diesel generator farms at the expense of cleaner technology
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2016-11-06 18:01:30
Sunday, November 6th, 2016      Leave a Comment
New research finds that the world’s hydroelectric dams generate a surprising amount of greenhouse gas emissionsIn July, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the role of hydropower in boosting the use of renewable energy globally, when he visited a nonprofit institute in China that helps emerging nations develop and build hydropower plants
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2016-11-06 09:00:19