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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 week’s announcement that China Steel Corp will invest US$46 million in a commercial scale ethanol facility in Taiwan.

So, where's the carbon auction money going?

Growth industry: forestry will account for much of the carbon reductions under the first round of Emissions Reduction Fund contracts.

Tuesday - The results of the Australian Government’s first reverse auction (https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-does-todays-direct-action-reverse-auction-work-40152) of carbon-cutting projects have been released. Where is the money going?

Watchdog calls for 30% emissions cut by 2025

Tuesday - Australia should pledge far deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions than its current target if it is to do its fair share in tackling climate change, according to a report by the Climate Change Authority, which advises the federal government on climate policy.

Unburnable carbon: why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground

Tuesday - Ninety per cent of Australia’s current coal reserves will need to be left in the ground for Australia to play its role in limiting warming to no more than 2C.

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.

It's up to central banks to back the climate change fight

Tuesday - In the aftermath of the 2008/9 global financial crisis central banks around the world pumped billions of dollars into the monetary system to safeguard the world economy.


Call for an end to ‘business as usual’ option on climate

Mary Robinson ... now is the moment.

Tuesday - The whole issue of climate is much too important to be left to governments and their leaders, says Mary Robinson, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on climate change.

WORLD TODAY: Hawaii wants to be the first state to run completely on renewable energy

Tuesday - * Will 2015 be the warmest year on record? * Like shale gas, solar power shaking up global energy * Coal faces a day of reckoning in New Mexico * Pension funds failing to manage climate risk...

There’s nothing ‘perma’ about Arctic permafrost

Tuesday - Permafrost - a vast, frozen subsurface layer of soil - covers nearly a quarter of the land in the northern hemisphere. It contains centuries worth of carbon in the form of plants that have died since...

Skincare firm calls for ban on microbeads

Tuesday - A multimillion dollar Kiwi supplement and skincare company is calling on the New Zealand Government to prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in all personal care and consumer products.

Consultants win award for bridge work

Tuesday - Opus International Consultants’ work on reducing the environmental impact of maintaining the Auckland Harbour Bridge has bagged it an award.

Marlborough waste plant gets help

Tuesday - The Government will stump up a third of the cost of a new commercial and industrial waste processing plant for Marlborough.

Treasury COO to be new voice for the environment

Vicky Robertson ... change needed.

20 Apr 15 - New Zealand has a new Secretary for the Environment.

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.

Inquiry takes aim at green charities that get political

Friends of the Earth is among the environmental groups that have been criticised in some quarters as ‘anti-jobs’.

20 Apr 15 - The almost 600 environmental groups that hold tax-deductibility status in Australia are being scrutinised by a Federal Government inquiry, with reports that more than 100 of them face being struck...

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.

Additives to make plastic biodegradable don’t cut it

Even a microbe won’t eat plastic.

20 Apr 15 - One of the common concerns about plastic packaging is that it is generally non-biodegradable and will persist in the environment for extremely long periods of time once thrown away.


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Drink bottle recycle campaign gets more funding

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