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John Key ... has failed to listen.

It's simple ... either you believe, or you don't

Tuesday - By editor ADELIA HALLETT.- Voters in this weekend’s general election face a simple choice when it comes to climate change – you either believe it is a real and massive problem requiring transformation of the economy, or you don’t.

New York summit could be the turning point

Tuesday - A United Nations chief dismayed at the lack of resolve toward the climate crisis; a daunting deadline for negotiating a new treaty; 125 or so heads of state; a sprawling agenda of fossil fuels, food, forestry and finance; a train of think tanks hauling gigabytes of green data; countless teach-ins, press conferences, art shows - plus tens or even hundreds of thousands of activists marching through midtown Manhattan, demanding action now.

Post-Fukushima, Japan's power plans are all at sea

Tuesday - Two companies in Japan recently announced that they are to begin building two huge solar power islands that will float on reservoirs.

Drain the milk lake and create healthier, happier cows

Holsteins ... remarkable cows.

Tuesday - Milk, a precious resource in many parts of the world, has become a throwaway commodity in wealthy countries.

Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

Tuesday - The unprecedented drought affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers” - the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil.

To make this fuel just add water and sunlight

Dr Kastoori Hingorani in her lab at the Australian National University.

Tuesday - Australian scientists have successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel.

Fossil-free superannuation is an idea that’s going to snowball

Tuesday - The launch of Future Super, which claims to be the first super fund in Australia to exclude fossil fuels and their major supporting companies from its investment portfolio, has drawn significant attention.


There's more to renewable energy than fighting climate change

Tuesday - With the failure of international agreements to fight climate change, the way is open to viewing the role of renewables as more than agents for reducing carbon emissions. Indeed, is it possible for...

Why trade pacts are bad for humankind

Tuesday - 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...

New-energy groups join up to sell NZ credentials

8 Sep 14 - Renewable energy sectors are joining forces to promote New Zealand’s clean-energy credentials as a new international industry.

Island states celebrate $2 billion conference

Seychelles President James Michel addresses the Apia conference.

8 Sep 14 - With nearly $2 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations last week wrapped up its small island developing states conference in Samoa and kicked off a drum roll of...

China looks like kicking its coal habit

8 Sep 14 - There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit.

Worried carmakers force Korea ETS changes

8 Sep 14 - Korea’s booming car industry appears to have won over the government in the country’s latest road map for emissions reduction.

New book exposes Malaysian logging crimes

Abdul Taib Mahmud ... timber fortune.

8 Sep 14 - An explosive new book about logging is about to rock Malaysia’s corridors of power.

Leaders are emerging, says senior scientist

Sir David King ... optimist.

8 Sep 14 - There are prospects of significant progress in the response of world governments to climate change, according to a former British Government chief scientist, Sir David King.

Is the Mosul Dam start of the water wars?

8 Sep 14 - Exactly a year ago, the world was wrestling with the possibility of another US-led military assault on an Arab state, following the horrific gas attacks in Damascus, Syria.

Scientists give Australia the really bad news

8 Sep 14 - The Australian government has just received a vitally important report to guide its decisions on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.

How we tricked bacteria into making renewable propane

8 Sep 14 - Converting renewable energy into electricity is one thing; converting it into fuel is quite another.

Change the way you wee ... and help to save the world

8 Sep 14 - The energy-water nexus between water, sanitation, and our global consumption of energy – the “energy-water nexus" - are more obvious than ever before. But how many of us will take direction at the...


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