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Wednesday - Spot NZUs closed at $6.80 yesterday on 15k. OMFinancial reports:

Indian developer might junk giant Australian coal project

29 Jun 15 - India’s Adani Group is likely to withdraw from the $16 billion Australian coal mining project, touted as the world's largest, due to concerns over softening international coal prices, relentless attacks by environmentalists and delay in regulatory clearances.

If everyone lived in an ecovillage, the Earth would still be in trouble

Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland.

29 Jun 15 - We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us.

Renewable energy redoubles its global reach

Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

29 Jun 15 - A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

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.

The carbon tax wasn’t a ‘slug’ to the economy and Direct Action may be a waste of money

Greg Hunt ... Direct Action better.

29 Jun 15 - Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, writing in the Fairfax opinion pages, has said that the now abolished carbon tax was a far more expensive way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions than the Direct Action policy that replaced it.

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

29 Jun 15 - 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.


How Rwanda’s clinics have gone off-grid and on to renewable energy

Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.

29 Jun 15 - Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for...

What the Pope said about the trouble we're in

Pope Francis ... we are not God.

22 Jun 15 - In a document remarkable for its sweep and its depth, Pope Francis last week unveiled his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in essence calling on humanity to address a climate and...

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.

EcoStore pioneer is still setting the pace after 20 years

Malcolm Rands ... new normal.

15 Jun 15 - When he started, people thought EcoStore founder Malcolm Rands was mad for tying his business up in tight ethical standards.

The G7 is right to call for fossil fuel phase-out, but it can happen sooner

US President Barak Obama addresses the G7.

15 Jun 15 - The G7 nations, at their summit in Germany, called for “a decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of this century”. Of course, this group of nations is among those most heavily in...

Australia's emissions figures wrong, says report

15 Jun 15 - Australia’s official greenhouse gas emissions projections – used by the Government in its submission to the United Nations ahead of December’s climate conference in Paris – may be overstated by more...

European power is slipping away from King Coal

Indications are that the new coal-burning Moorburg plant in Hamburg will struggle to recover its €3 billion cost.

15 Jun 15 - Coal, the muscle that for two centuries powered Europe’s economic dominance of the world, is steadily losing its grip as cleaner fuels take its place and energy efficiency cuts electricity...

Could one million smart pool pumps store renewable energy better than giant batteries?

Lots of wind blowing – often at night when there’s little demand for power.

15 Jun 15 - As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind?

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...

Group aims to improve transport systems

Bicycle-taxi in the streets of Amsterdam.

15 Jun 15 - A high-level United Nations advisory group has agreed to take measures that could accelerate a shift toward safer, healthier, more efficient and sustainable transport systems.

China sets the pace in solar installations

15 Jun 15 - China will remain the world’s largest market for annual solar photovoltaic installations, a new report says.

Leadership is what we need, say scientists

8 Jun 15 - New Zealand lacks the leadership to achieve the 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions it needs to make by 2030, the country’s top scientists are warning.


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