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As the United States turns to electric vehicles, solar and wind for its clean energy transition, the demand for lithium – used in rechargeable batteries – is on the rise. In a remote corner of the Nevada desert sits Thacker Pass, the site of a planned lithium mine that would make a major contribution to domestic supply of the mineral. But the project faces opposition from members of nearby Indigenous communities, who say the area holds spiritual, cultural and historical importance and would be irreversibly damaged by large-scale mining activityContinue reading...
As Cop26 president, UK must act on meat, fossil fuels and overseas aid, says Climate Change Committee
The UK must “walk the talk” on climate action over the next 12 months, which is critical in tackling the climate emergency, according to an assessment of the Cop26 summit by the Climate Change Committee.
The UK has one of the most ambitious 2030 emissions targets in the world, according to the government’s official advisers, but it does not have all the policies in place to deliver it.Continue reading...
Environmental groups say scheme falls far short of farming reforms promised after Brexit
Farmers will be paid for looking after England’s soils for the first time from next year, when the first stage of the government’s new support payments begins.
Environmental groups criticised the measures as puny and accused ministers of failing in their promises to use the UK’s departure from the EU to strengthen environmental protections and reduce the damaging impacts of farming.Continue reading...
WA looks to boost zero emissions production of critical minerals, funding a feasibility study into a green magnesium smelter in the heart of coal country.
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NSW smashes its grid scale solar output as another big solar project finishes testing and starts the commissioning process.
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Plans for gas storage for Snowy Hydro's Kurri Kurri generator quietly expanded, after project criticised for being a 'generator on gas rations'.
The post Snowy faces higher costs for Kurri Kurri after quietly signing up for more gas storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Battery industry says AEMC decisions will put them at a disadvantage to coal and gas plants, and impede the flexibility that makes them such a valuable asset.
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IEA warns supply chain headwinds could delay 100GW of renewables development and erase years of price drops. But solar and wind still trump fossil fuels.
The post Price shocks risk “erasing” years of solar and wind cost reductions, and could delay projects appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Batteries in South Australia have been paid to charge throughout September and October 2021 due to a record number of negative price intervals.
The post SA batteries paid to charge over two months as solar sends prices below zero appeared first on RenewEconomy.
A key claim in a column by the Danish thinktank head frustrates scientists who modelled reducing emissions
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What will it cost to get greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero by mid-century, and are people around the world prepared to pay it?
This was a question posed by the Danish thinktank head Bjørn Lomborg for a column in the Australian on Saturday.Continue reading...
A massive ramp up of renewable energy production is key to cutting the costs of decarbonised products, like green steel, aluminium and hydrogen.
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