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Rio Tinto to treble size of Weipa solar farm - once the largest solar facility at an off-grid Australian mine site - and add battery storage.
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The heads of AEMO and AEMC must plan for a 100% renewable future where distributed energy resources are given equal priority to large-scale resources.
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Neoen will proceed with the Kaban wind farm, snubbed by Keith Pitt, after locking in $370m in project finance.
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Renewables surge through 60 per cent of Australia's main grid for first time, as output of coal and network demand also hit new lows.
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Flexible capacity, delivered through battery storage, pumped hydro and new market concepts, is going to rapidly overtake the old baseload paradigm.
The post From baseload to flexible capacity: The market, and even the rules, are on the move appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Australia's go slow on climate means it faces one of the steepest decarbonisation challenges, but doing so will leave consumers better off.
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As Australia turns to nuclear power for its submarines, a UK prototype will test the use of autonomous green hydrogen submarines for freight transport.
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New Zealand is not as clean or green as we think – plastic waste is creating a crisis | Lizzy Carmine
Ignorance about plastic recycling has tricked us into guilt-free consumption – decision makers have to give us sustainable options
Growing up my school lunches were covered in plastic wrapping, like those of many of my schoolmates. I was taught from a young age to pick up my rubbish and recycle, and I trusted the recycling systems in place especially because New Zealand streets were so clean. Years later, I saw a video on Facebook of a turtle with a straw in its nose, but I knew Kiwis weren’t to blame, our rubbish systems were too sturdy. Ignorance is bliss, and ignorance is the cause of the world’s plastic pollution crisis.
The illusion was shattered for me when I watched For The Blue, a documentary by Project Blue, a group of young ocean enthusiasts from Aotearoa, who travelled across the globe to investigate the world’s plastic-waste crisis – only to find themselves back in clean, green New Zealand experiencing the effects of the global plastic epidemic in their own back yard. During their visit to a once pristine area in the South Island, they found plastic trash strewn across the land, after the Fox river breached a closed landfill on its banks.Continue reading...
Developed country governments will reportedly fail to provide $100bn a year for the next four years
Rich countries will continue to miss a longstanding pledge to provide poor countries with $100bn a year in climate finance for the next four years, new analysis suggests on the eve of a crunch meeting of world leaders at the UN on Monday.
The promised cash is seen as essential to gaining support from developing countries for a global climate deal to fulfil the 2015 Paris agreement, with only six weeks go before vital UN climate talks, called Cop26, to be hosted in Glasgow this November.Continue reading...
Yes, Australia is buying a fleet of nuclear submarines. But nuclear-powered electricity must not come next
Jessie Stevens, 16, hopes to deliver speech to UN conference in November after completing 570-mile ride
Unable to afford the extortionate train fare and refusing to fly, a 16-year-old environmental campaigner has decided to cycle 570 miles to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow – and has invited the public to join her for the ride.
Jessie Stevens, from Newton Abbot in south Devon, wants to attend the climate conference in November to “bring youth representation to a conversation often dominated by older voices”.Continue reading...
As the UK prepares to approve genome editing, a leading food scientist argues it should also ease up on GM crops
Empty shelves in supermarkets have reminded us that our food supply is rather more fragile than we thought. Indeed, who would have believed that in 2021 we need a cabinet minister responsible for the supply of food? Whatever the reasons for the situation, this might be a sign of the future. Ensuring food security in the long term could prove much more challenging than our short-term problems. Even amid the pandemic, it is hard to ignore the floods, wildfires and hurricanes occurring with ever-increasing ferocity. The climate emergency now feels very real and doing nothing is no longer an option.
I study plant diseases, many of which are serious threats to humankind. The rice blast fungus, my main obsession, destroys enough rice each year to feed 60 million people. We are already seeing the effects of climate change with new plant diseases moving rapidly around the world and need new disease-resistant crops to combat these threats.Continue reading...
Renewables reach a record share of demand in Australia's main grid on Sunday, with wind and solar alone providing 57 per cent just before noon.
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