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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 forests’ ability to capture carbon * Polaris introduces electric motorcycle, beating Harley to market * Figures confirm wind delivers lion's share of UK clean energy * Iran’s thirst for energy draws in wind developers * Leak shows US spying on Japan over climate change

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 economy, Treasury says.

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.

We've got the chance to turn green into gold

11 May 15 - New Zealand could turn “green into gold” by capitalising on emerging clean technologies and showing leadership on climate change.

Rather than divest, advocate for carbon balancing

Another way to reduce the carbon balance: trees

4 May 15 - At many universities and other institutions, heartfelt campaigns are under way to divest from fossil fuel companies as a way to address climate change.

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

28 Apr 15 - 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.

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...

Finland declares itself a bio-economy superpower

16 Mar 15 - Finland has launched a research centre for the refining of biomass into biochemicals as part of the country’s drive to double its bio-economy.

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.

Four ways to boost Australia’s economy and help the climate

9 Mar 15 - Australia likely has several decades of coal left in it.

Carbon could be key to better water, says researcher

9 Mar 15 - Adding carbon dioxide to waste water could improve water quality, says a NIWA scientist undertaking doctoral biological research at the University of Canterbury.


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