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NZ emissions figures worse than average, says report

Tuesday - New Zealandís greenhouse gas emissions trend from energy is worse than the OECD average, a new report says.

LanzaTech lines up more commercial plants

Tuesday - LanzaTech, the New Zealand-founded carbon recycling company, says it has other full-scale commercial plants in the pipeline following this weekís announcement that China Steel Corp will invest US$46 million in a commercial scale ethanol facility in Taiwan.

Major changes in store for electricity industry

Storage reservoir for a pumped-water hydroelectricity plant on Zar mountain, southern Poland.

Tuesday - Inventors are in a race to find the best way of storing electricity to make the most of renewables and cut the use of fossil fuels.

Scientists again raise carbon storage hopes

Tuesday - Two groups of US scientists are exploring new ways of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Power giant to dump coal-fired stations and go green

20 Apr 15 - Australia's second-largest power company says it will close its coal-fired power stations by 2050 and concentrate on developing renewable energy.

Big Oil faces new pressure to disclose climate risk

20 Apr 15 - A $2 trillion group of investors have asked regulators to force oil and gas companies to provide more disclosures about climate-related risks to their businesses.

Battery costs drop even faster as electric car sales keep rising

20 Apr 15 - The cost of batteries is one of the major hurdles standing in the way of widespread use of electric cars and household solar batteries.


Investors chip in as renewables rise toward record level

13 Apr 15 - Carbon dioxide levels might be soaring, and governments might be slow to reduce fossil fuel emissions and contain climate change, but the smart money could nevertheless be going into renewable...

An economy focused solely on growth is unsustainable

13 Apr 15 - Most world leaders seem to believe that economic growth is a panacea for many of societyís problems.

Hydrogen moves could trigger $44 billion green economy, says Toshiba

7 Apr 15 - The carbon-neutral hydrogen economy will be worth more than $44 billion by 2030, says Toshiba Corporation.

BPís extreme climate forecast puts energy giant in a bind

7 Apr 15 - BPís annual Energy Outlook report details the results from modelling of what it sees as the ďmost likelyĒ energy scenario out to 2035.

Water crisis pushes Brazil toward solar power at last

7 Apr 15 - Brazilís long-running drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously.

New ocean energy plan could worsen global warming

7 Apr 15 - One of renewable energyís more outspoken enthusiasts has delivered bad news for the prospects of developing ocean thermal energy. His prediction is that although the technology could work for a...

Energy promoters adopt Dragons' Den concept

7 Apr 15 - United States companies with energy-efficiency ideas in need of capital are heading to a new Dragons' Den-type deal room.

Govt opens doors to new oil and gas exploration

30 Mar 15 - The Government is calling for energy companies to explore the potential of more than 400,000 square kilometres of land and sea, maintaining that oil and gas have a role to play in a low-carbon world.

Third thermal station finds competition too much

Power-less ... Southdown to be dismantled.

30 Mar 15 - A third thermal power station is closing because it canít compete economically against renewables.

New tandem solar cells pave way for better solar

30 Mar 15 - Maximizing the efficiency of converting sunlight to electricity was the primary goal for much of the history of solar power industry. Because solar cells were so expensive to make, they were used...

Wynyard scheme adopts green rating

30 Mar 15 - A new housing development in Aucklandís Wynyard Quarter will be the first to use the new 7 Homestar environmental rating.

Old King Coal is sick ... but not yet dying

23 Mar 15 - A global investigation into every coal-fired power plant proposed in the past five years shows that only one in three of them has actually been built.


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