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Can eating less meat really tackle climate change?

Monday - With the food system accounting for up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, anything that reduces its impact will make a big difference to the climate.

Scientists push boundaries to find alternative energy

12 Oct 15 - From algae to alloys, ingenuity in the world’s laboratories is fuelling experiments to find new ways of providing viable sources of clean energy.

Biofuel, e-cars and trees are the way we must go

Reva electric car.

5 Oct 15 - New Zealand needs to embrace biofuels, electric vehicles and energy forests, and get rid of coal and gas-fired industrial processes if it wants to meet its 2050 emissions reduction commitment, officials have told the Government.

Elephant grass could offer viable alternative to coal

Dried elephant grass ... good fuel

5 Oct 15 - By adapting a tropical grass to grow in the British climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.

Does bioenergy have a green energy future in the US?

An ethanol plant in Iowa: energy from plant residue, apart from corn kernels, can be used to create heat and steam to run refineries.

21 Sep 15 - Bio-derived sources of energy – wood, grass, dung and alcohol – have a rich history, yet have failed to command the “buzz” of solar, wind or even geothermal in public discussions regarding renewable energy.

Tim Flannery gives us hope ... and we're giving away a of copy of his new book

14 Sep 15 - Tim Flannery says he's more hopeful now than he has been in years, thanks to the carbon-storing potential of technologies being developed by businesses all over the world.

Greens bend to seek political climate consensus

7 Sep 15 - A strong carbon price, a green investment bank and a climate commission are emerging as the basis of a political consensus on climate change policy – at least on one side of the House.

Pssst! ... Government wants to kickstart e-cars

7 Sep 15 - The Government is looking at ways to encourage the switch to electric vehicles. But it is keeping the details secret.

Renewables raise challenge to coal in power league

24 Aug 15 - Wind, solar and other renewable sources of clean energy are now second only to coal in generating the world’s electricity.

The quest to find sanitation solutions for Africa

24 Aug 15 - In a bid to get closer to the Millennium Development Goal of halving the 2.5 billion people without sanitation access, innovative solutions are being tested across the globe.

Added gene can make rice more climate-friendly

17 Aug 15 - Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food – and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

Pink productivity ... Hutt Lagoon, Western Ayustralia, is the world’s largest algae farm.

3 Aug 15 - Ultimately, all of the oil we use to power our modern lives comes from living creatures such as algae – albeit ones that lived 3.5 billion years ago, before gradually morphing into fossil fuel.

WORLD WEEK: Coal hard facts

3 Aug 15 - * World Bank rejects notion that coal can cure poverty * Green groups express concern over Tory policies in letter to PM * France targets carbon tax in energy transition law * Drought might stunt...

Treasury maps out our path to a low-carbon enconomy

27 Jul 15 - A strong carbon price, better urban planning, a climate commission and systematic assessment of how government policies affect climate change would help New Zealand’s transition to a low-carbon...

Australia can halve emissions by 2030, says new analysis

29 Jun 15 - Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to analysis by ClimateWorks.

Waste to wealth: the hidden potential of waste from fruit

Using fruit waste in a sustainable manner can have economic benefits for industries.

22 Jun 15 - South Africa produces millions of tonnes of fruit each year that are exported, consumed locally, or processed into value-added products such as juice, canned fruit or wine.

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...

Climate targets not a cost, says bioenergy bloc

8 Jun 15 - The Government should see its climate change targets as an opportunity for New Zealand business and the economy, not a cost, the BioEnergy Association says.

Inter-island ferry tests cleaner fuels

Arahura ... test bed.

25 May 15 - KiwiRail is testing the viability of using cleaner fuels for its ferries.

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