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Labor's Chris Bowen brandishes a solar panel in Parliament, telling the Morrison government not to be afraid of renewable energy.
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Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities
Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government.
Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely to come down. They are widely regarded as the best way to replace the UK’s gas boilers and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from homes.Continue reading...
Resources giant Rio Tinto will explore the use of renewable hydrogen in alumina production, as part of a $1.5 million study.
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Aldi has become Australia's first supermarket chain to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations – and has done so six months ahead of schedule.
The post Aldi claims first place in major retailer race to 100 pct renewables in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures will build its first battery in Australia with a hybrid solar-storage power plant near Dalby in southern Queensland.
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It is ‘absolutely illogical’ not to tackle the risks of heatwaves and power blackouts, says Climate Change Committee
The UK government is failing to protect people from the fast-rising risks of the climate crisis, from deadly heatwaves to power blackouts, its official climate advisers have warned.
The climate change committee said action to improve the nation’s resilience is not keeping pace with the impacts of global heating, many of which are already causing harm. The CCC’s experts said they were frustrated by the “absolutely illogical” lack of sufficient action on adaptation, particularly as acting is up to 10 times more cost-effective than not doing so.Continue reading...
Those who bear a disproportionate share of a carbon tax will mobilise against it … unless they are given reason not to
In his classic book, The Logic of Collective Action, the late great Mancur Olson explained that the hardest policies to implement are those with diffuse benefits and concentrated costs. Olson’s argument was straightforward: individuals bearing the costs will vigorously oppose the policy, while the beneficiaries will free ride, preferring that someone else take up the cudgels.
Olson’s insight applies to the single most pressing policy challenge facing humanity today, namely the climate crisis. The starting point for addressing it, economists agree, is a tax on carbon. The resulting reduction in emissions would deliver benefits to virtually everyone on the planet. But specific segments of society – Olson’s concentrated interests – will bear a disproportionate share of the costs and mobilise in opposition.Continue reading...
The finalists in the 2021 Clean Energy Council Awards have been announced.
A plan to build a 250MW Canberra Big Battery attracts strong interest for the biggest aggregation of distributed batteries in the country.
The post ACT says it receives 42 proposals for ground-breaking Canberra Big Battery appeared first on RenewEconomy.
An 80MW solar and battery project proposed for Victoria’s Gippsland region by group looking to establish an Australian Renewables Academy in Sale.
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Scientists concerned as severe perkinsea infection found in European tree frog tadpoles kept in an aquarium in Surrey
A disease that causes mass die-offs in frogs has been found in captive UK populations for the first time, scientists have warned.
Severe perkinsea infection (SPI) has caused large tadpole mortality events across the US, and this is the first proof that its geographic range is spreading. Researchers also found the disease-causing microbe in wild and seemingly healthy populations in Panama, where some of the most rapid declines in frog populations globally have occurred.Continue reading...
A new report finds some yawning gaps between the deployment of renewables and what's needed to meet climate targets.
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