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Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

Monday - Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels.

Desert farms could power flight with sunshine and seawater

What if jet fuel could be grown sustainably?

15 Jun 15 - The aviation industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011 aviation contributed around 3% of Australia’s emissions. Despite improvements in efficiency, global aviation emissions are expected to grow 70% by 2020 from 2005.

Why falling oil prices should not undermine investment in green energy

18 May 15 - When the price of crude oil dropped from US$110 a barrel in mid-2014 to below US$50 by January 2015, there were fears that it would destroy the “green revolution”.

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 sources such as wind and solar power.

Biobattery breakthrough boosts waste-to-energy revolution

9 Mar 15 - Competition to make biofuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.

Clear skies for aviation industry, says Boeing report

29 Sep 14 - The business outlook for civil aviation is bright thanks mainly to rising Asian demand for aircraft. But airlines are expected to have a harder time, with tougher competition in Europe leading to a consolidation of the sector, according to the latest industry forecast.

Australia seems to be overlooking bioenergy

29 Sep 14 - When we think of renewable energy, it’s easy to picture spinning wind turbines or rooftop solar panels. But what about bioenergy?


Why trade pacts are bad for humankind

16 Sep 14 - The Obama administration has proposed several ad-hoc, multi-country economic agreements, and in doing so has abandoned de facto the World Trade Organisation as insufficiently malleable to its...

Aviation a microcosm of the emissions problem

1 Sep 14 - No matter what the aviation industry does to reduce emissions, it will be outweighed by growth in air travel, according to a new analysis.

Cathay Pacific plugs into biofuel producer

18 Aug 14 - Cathay Pacific Airways is investing in American sustainable biofuel company Fulcrum Bioenergy as part of a drive to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

Who has the courage to take on transport taboos?

18 Aug 14 - Transportation continues to generate a large proportion of emissions worldwide, even as emissions from other areas of the economy fall.

It looks like air fares will have to rise ... and rise ... and rise

11 Aug 14 - Researchers warn that the cost of airline tickets will need to rise steadily to decrease demand and counteract the effects of aviation’s growing carbon emissions.

Airports super-inefficient, says emissions study

11 Aug 14 - Airports are disastrously inefficient buildings which belch greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contribute hugely to climate change, a European study has found.

Scientists see dangers in jet contrails

27 Jun 14 - Air travel is a rapidly-growing source of carbon dioxide and is helping to heat the Earth. It accounted for 6 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

Our new planes cut carbon, says Air NZ

6 Jun 14 - Air New Zealand says its new aeroplanes will help it to cut carbon emissions.

Air NZ aims high with solar power programme

9 May 14 - Air New Zealand will install the largest single solar array in New Zealand at its Auckland Technical Operations base later this month.

Airlines wrestle with demands of climate change

11 Apr 14 - By LYNETTE DRAY.- Although aviation emissions contribute only 3 to 5 per cent of the total impact on the planet’s climate, this is steadily growing and is a surprisingly intractable problem to solve.

Europe puts off decision on aviation emissions

4 Apr 14 - EUROPE has postponed action to regulate international aviation emissions.

Foreign airlines should pay, say Europe lawmakers

21 Mar 14 - Flights to and from Europe should not be exempted from Europe’s emissions trading scheme, the Environment and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament says.


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