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Google to be 100% powered by renewables from next year

Today 10:00am - Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.

Batteries not the cheapest way to store energy

Tuesday - Since Tesla unveiled its Powerwall, politicians, commentators and industry have hyped storage – and particularly batteries – as the solution for getting more renewable energy into electricity grids and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

How NZ could become biofutures powerhouse

Brian Cox

Monday - New Zealand could easily become a Queensland-style biofutures superpower, local industry leaders say.

FUSION FUTURE: A time of transition and potential

Monday - For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energise our lives here on Earth.

US oil exports skyrocket despite climate pacts

Monday - Seven years ago, the US exported its crude oil to just one country — Canada. This year, 22 countries received American crude oil, marking a more than 1000 per cent increase in US oil exports since 2009.

World’s largest solar plant opens in India

Monday - The world’s largest solar plant has been unveiled by the Adani Group in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, in the south of India.

China to lead way in growth of solar market

Friday - The global solar photovoltaic market is likely to grow to nearly 300 gigawatts this year.


Engineers turn old tyres into quality oil and fuel

1 Dec 16 - Old tyres can be completely recycled into low-emission diesel engine oil, says a team of engineers.

China pushes to dig more coal

1 Dec 16 - In recent weeks, China has reiterated its plans to push forward on climate action. Despite this, the country is scrambling to mine and burn more coal.

Households cut emissions by 11%, says report

Suzi Kerr

30 Nov 16 - The average New Zealand household’s emissions fell 11 per cent between 2006 and 2012, new research shows.

Trump can't stop rising use of fossil fuels

Pete Kiernan

30 Nov 16 - Climate policies will keep chipping away at fossil fuels’ role as the mainstay of global energy use, despite Donald Trump’s appointment as United States president in 2017, according to a new report...

Switch to new power puts pressure on boilers

30 Nov 16 - A push for renewable generation is affecting demand for boilers, turbines and generators, a new report shows.

First solar panel roads to be built next year

29 Nov 16 - Rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, are now being trial-built into road surfaces.

Finland plans to ban coal by 2030

29 Nov 16 - Finland has announced its plans to phase out the use of coal for electricity generation by 2030.

Europe felling protected forests for biofuel supply

25 Nov 16 - Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to new report.

California aims to generate energy from traffic jams

23 Nov 16 - The California Energy Commission has announced plans to attempt to utilise energy generated from standstill traffic.

Solar company wins innovation award

22 Nov 16 - An energy service that combines battery storage and rooftop solar without any equipment costs for Kiwi homeowners has won a green award for innovation.

Canada sets 2030 deadline to get out of coal

22 Nov 16 - Canada could be coal-free by the end of next decade under plans outlined by environment minister Catherine McKenna.

Scientists take big step toward safely burying carbon dioxide

22 Nov 16 - Scientists for the first time have injected carbon dioxide into ancient lava flows and watched it solidify, demonstrating that capturing carbon dioxide and safely storing it underground might be a...


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