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What better time than the UK’s hottest-ever week for ministers to commit to bold climate action?
The hottest week in the UK since records began offers further proof that our weather is changing. Climate change and global heating are not predictions, but facts of life that we must deal with now. Ten of the UK’s warmest-ever years have been since 2002, while the temperature of 36.4C recorded at Heathrow airport last week made it the hottest August day since 2003.
Links between climate and weather must always be made with caution. But scientists already have evidence that 2020’s record temperatures are the consequence of human-caused climate change. According to researchers, the heatwave in the Siberian Arctic between January and June, which caused permafrost to melt and buildings to collapse, was made at least 600 times more likely by greenhouse gas emissions. While this summer has seen no repeat of 2018’s devastating wildfires in Greece, which killed more than 80 people, records have been broken in the Middle East as well as Europe and 2020 is likely to be the hottest year globally on record. On 29 July Baghdad recorded a temperature high of 51.7C, leading to protests about electricity and goods shortages.Continue reading...
Growers hope to avoid a third bad year but have already been hit by lockdown and a heatwave
The humble spud, staple of the British dinner table, has weathered storm, flood and lockdown, but farmers are on tenterhooks ahead of the crucial growing season for the key crop as the UK heatwave is followed by thunderstorms and deluges.
Farmers are desperate to avoid a repeat of last year, when good growing weather over the summer was followed by heavy rains in some areas from late September that left the ground too sodden to harvest for months, spelling disaster for many potato growers.Continue reading...
Countryside and coastal custodians lament ‘different demographic’ of visitors leaving litter and endangering wildlife
Fires caused by portable barbecues, wild flowers being dug up, the disturbance of shorebirds, and an avalanche of rubbish. These are just some of the threats to Britain’s wild places as record numbers enjoy coastal and countryside “staycations”.
Beleaguered rangers complain that a new generation of holidaymakers are treating the countryside like a festival site, leaving behind tents, chairs and excrement, as well as endangering rare habitats and wildlife.Continue reading...
One year after installing home solar and Tesla battery storage, I decided to do some analysis on how the system performed technically and financially. Here's what it found.
The post My home battery and rooftop solar system: How it performed in its first year appeared first on RenewEconomy.
New crop of "smart" plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that automatically switch to ‘electric-only’ in certain geo-fenced areas in cities will not be available in Australia.
The post Australia missing out on smartest plug-in hybrid EVs due to poor vehicle standards appeared first on RenewEconomy.
By 2100 the island nation could be submerged. As a representation of the looming future Giulia Piermartiri and Edoardo Delille projected tourists’ photos onto residents’ homes in a series for Festivals Images VeveyContinue reading...
Brazil's Amazon rainforest has had its worst start to a fire season in a decade, with 10,136 blazes spotted in the first 10 days of August. The increase follows a similar rise in year-on-year figures from July 2019 to July 2020. The 'extraordinarily concerning' fires in 2019 caused an international crisis, and these new figures suggest this season could be much worseContinue reading...
Chinese investment in Argentina’s hog industry would boost exports, but environmentalists fear risk of pandemic
A government-sponsored plan to turbocharge Argentina’s hog industry with Chinese capital is generating unprecedented resistance among its supposed beneficiaries – the Argentinian general public.
Nearly 400,000 people have signed petitions opposing the move. “We never had such a huge response before,” said environmental lawyer Enrique Viale, one of the group who banded together last month to challenge the government’s initiative. His petition currently has 200,000 signatures; another on change.org has almost 120,000 additional signatures, and three separate petitions on the same platform have clocked up another 55,000 between them.Continue reading...
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A blanket charge on rooftop solar exports from homes back to the grid branded as not needed and not fair.
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Coal power hits record low, but Taylor still can’t credit wind and solar for lower electricity prices
Electricity prices fall to five year low, pushed down by record high wind and solar, but still Angus Taylor advocates for a gas-led recovery.
The post Coal power hits record low, but Taylor still can’t credit wind and solar for lower electricity prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Ross Garnaut on his split with Gupta, his Sunshot plan for renewables, and how Australia can still become a clean energy superpower.
The post Energy Insiders Podcast: Garnaut’s Sunshot to renewables future appeared first on RenewEconomy.
As things stand, and without big change, AGL will remain a sad old play on electricity prices with ageing assets that no one wants.
A new big battery, home battery incentives, and a battery-based VPP – all put on fast-track for Alice Springs with $2.1m funding boost from ARENA this week.
The post Batteries, batteries, and more batteries: Alice Springs future grid plan gets ARENA boost appeared first on RenewEconomy.