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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
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
Economists and energy analysts question environmental and economic case for Matt Canavan’s coal push Research touted by the resources minister that reportedly suggests Australia can rely on coal to meet emissions reduction has been attacked by experts and appears to have been misreported.The Australian reported on Tuesday that research conducted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – and commissioned by Matt Canavan, the federal minister for resources – showed Australia could cut its emissions by 27% if it replaced its existing coal power stations with the more efficient “ultra-supercritical” technology
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2017-01-16 22:07:46
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising global populism and pressure to reduce U.S. environmental regulation are among the issues to watch in 2017 as efforts to address climate change push ahead, a sustainability expert said Wednesday.
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2017-01-11 17:49:54
Friday, January 6th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Residents of the new eco hamlet in Pembrokeshire can expect greatly reduced fuel bills and shared use of an electric carMost of the houses in the Welsh village of Glanrhyd are of traditional construction – walls made out of hefty local stone, roofs of grey slate. They can get chilly when the winter winds whistle through the gaps
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2017-01-06 01:00:12
Thursday, December 15th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The emerging biofuel industry is casting the net wide to find solutions to two environmental problems: reducing waste and increasing fuel production In a world of dwindling resources, waste is one thing in no danger of running out. Each Australian generates more than 2,000kg of waste per year, and around half of that ends up in landfill
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2016-12-15 16:26:14
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Emissions intensity scheme is the least costly way of reducing greenhouse gases, Energy Networks Australia and Csiro say Australia’s electricity and gas transmission industry is calling on the Turnbull government to implement a form of carbon trading in the national electricity market by 2022 and review the scope for economy-wide carbon pricing by 2027
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2016-12-05 13:00:31
Monday, December 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative by youth organizations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda.
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2016-12-05 01:21:11
Sunday, December 4th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Climate policy review will look at possible changes to safeguard mechanism, which could convert to baseline and credit scheme The Turnbull government has left open the option of reinstating a form of carbon trading in the electricity sector, allowing its looming review of the Direct Action climate policy to consider policy mechanisms to reduce emissions on a “sector-by-sector basis”
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2016-12-04 11:30:00
Thursday, December 1st, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell plans to link part of its executive bonuses to greenhouse gas emissions and conduct more active screening of future investments to further efforts to reduce the energy group's carbon footprint, its CEO told Reuters.
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2016-12-01 08:03:23
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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Many state schools struggling to help disadvantaged pupils (Report, 22 November) are facing a further demand on their shrinking budgets. Prudent schools that have invested in solar panels to reduce their electricity bills now face a retrospective six- to eight-fold hike in their tax rates, if the government gets its way
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2016-11-29 13:47:55
Friday, November 25th, 2016      Leave a Comment
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada will require reduced carbon footprints for all fuels so that the country can achieve a 30-megatonne cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the country's environment department said on Friday.
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2016-11-25 15:30:26
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016      Leave a Comment
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is considering halving the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transport after 2020 over concerns they increase rather than reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft seen by Reuters.
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2016-11-22 07:13:26
Friday, November 11th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Government divisions over approach to climate change plan are bridged, but targets will be reviewed in 2018 to consider their impact on industryGermany’s coalition government has reached an agreement on a climate change action plan which involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050, a spokesperson said on Friday
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2016-11-11 10:42:20
Thursday, November 10th, 2016      Leave a Comment
That the government is now at last being forced to do more to reduce the dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution is welcome news (Court defeat for government on air pollution, 3 November). More than a year on from the “dieselgate” revelations, ministers should have been in no doubt about the dishonest and illegal methods used by some manufacturers to cheat emissions tests
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2016-11-10 13:08:07