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Government makes energy-use facts available

Wednesday - Three years’ worth of information on New Zealand’s energy use is now available to the public.

How China can harness wind of change

Wednesday - Strategically siting wind turbines where their energy can most easily be fed into the national grid could help to meet more than a quarter of China’s massive electricity demand.

Oakland votes to ban coal shipments

Wednesday - Officials in Oakland, California, have effectively ended proposals to open a new coal export terminal by voting to ban the transport and storage of the fossil fuel within city limits.

Siemens freezes UK wind power investment

Wednesday - Siemens is putting new wind power investment plans in the UK on hold due to uncertainty caused by last week’s Brexit vote.

Wind and solar have won – it’s too late for the rest

Tuesday - Across the world, solar photovoltaics and wind are the dominant clean energy technologies. This dominance is likely to become overwhelming over the next few years, preventing other clean energy from growing much.

Germany agrees to ban fracking

Tuesday - German politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground.

Berlin pulls out of fossil fuels

Monday - Berlin’s parliament has voted to pull its money out of coal, gas and oil companies.


A brief history of fossil-fuelled climate denial

24 Jun 16 - The fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role of vested interests in climate science denial is only half the picture.

COAL PART 6: Infographic, the state of coal

24 Jun 16 - Coal played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution and continues to fuel some of the world’s largest economies. This is the sixth in a series looks at coal’s past, present and uncertain future.

Solar could meet 13% of global power by 2030

24 Jun 16 - The global share of electricity generated from solar power could leap from 2 per cent in 2016 to 13 per cent by the end of the next decade as falling costs drive investments around the world.

EU smashes 2020 emissions target six years early

23 Jun 16 - The European Union soared past its 2020 carbon cutting goal six years early, according to just-released European Environment Agency data.

COAL PART 5: China’s future is up in the air

23 Jun 16 - As the world moves to combat climate change, it’s increasingly doubtful that coal will continue to be a viable energy source, because of its high greenhouse gas emissions. Part 5 of a series.

PUMP SLUMP: True carbon cost would punish petrol

22 Jun 16 - Pricing the true cost of carbon pollution into fossil fuels would push retail petrol prices up 42 cents a litre, making electric vehicles far more attractive, according to a new report.

Experts offer help to victims of solar charge

22 Jun 16 - Greenpeace has pooled its renewable energy and legal experts to create a solar hot desk to help people affected by New Zealand’s first charge for using solar energy.

Engineers build tower to power-up phones

22 Jun 16 - Engineers from WelTec’s School of Engineering and the School of Creative Industries have designed and built a solar-powered cell-phone charging tower.

COAL PART 4: Carbon capture unlikely to be the saviour

22 Jun 16 - Coal played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution and continues to fuel some of the world’s largest economies. This series looks at coal’s past, present and uncertain future.

Using CO2 could improve fracking efficiency

22 Jun 16 - Adding carbon dioxide instead of water to fracking fluids could help to fight climate change – and improve fracking efficiency, scientists say.

What do you do with your old solar panels?

21 Jun 16 - Disposing of old photovoltaic panels is going to be a big business, a new report says.

China set for 25% of electricity from wind by 2030

21 Jun 16 - China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030, and the figure could rise to nearly a third with power sector reforms, a new study has found.


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