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Schott defends NEG modelling, says wind and solar at “low end”

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-11-10 13:12
Schott says NEG modelling assumes "low end" of wind and solar costs, defying recent evidence. But ESB did admit there is much work to do on policy, dispatchability had yet to be defined, new coal unlikely to get a look in, and states free to pursue own targets.
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Queensland coal plant has a photo – now all it needs is a massive subsidy

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-11-10 12:35
A mock-up image of a new coal plant has been created, as part of the increasingly intense campaign to have one built – and funded by taxpayers – in north Queensland.
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Video of the Day: The end of coal generation in South Australia

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-11-10 11:45
Boilers of old Northern coal fired generator brought down, bringing end of coal era in South Australia and paving way for huge investment in renewables and storage.
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Ice ceiling

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 11:22
For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, holding women back from doing research in Antarctica.
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Government urged to act over computer science GCSEs

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 11:13
More than half of England's secondary schools did not offer the subject in 2015-16, a report has found.
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Medibank’s unhealthy addiction to fossil fuels

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:53
Climate change remains the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century, yet Medibank has remained invested in coal, oil and gas companies that fuel the problem.
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Energy efficiency: the foundation of the climate transition

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:49
Energy debate in Australia seems overly focused on supply side of the market - it should look more closely at demand.
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Trump emissions threat to US car industry

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:39
US car makers will suffer if President Trump eases emissions standards, California's governor says.
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Fiji told it must spend billions to adapt to climate change

The Guardian - Fri, 2017-11-10 07:37

At COP 23 talks in Bonn, Fiji has called on developed nations to help the world’s most vulnerable build resilience to climate change

To prepare for the rising temperatures, strengthening storms and higher sea levels in the coming decades, Fiji must spend an amount equivalent to its entire yearly gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the small island nation’s vulnerability to climate change, compiled by its government with the assistance of the World Bank.

Released half-way through the COP23 in Bonn, which Fiji is presiding over, the report highlights five major interventions and 125 further actions that it says are necessary to achieve Fiji’s development objectives, while facing the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. Combined those actions would cost about US$4.5bn over the next decade.

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Some remote Australian communities have drinking water for only nine hours a day

The Conversation - Fri, 2017-11-10 05:21
Some remote Australian communities have access to drinking water for only nine hours a day but can use ten times the average of urban households. Cara Beal, Senior research fellow, Griffith University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Hurricane Maria devastation prompts Ocean XPRIZE rethink

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 04:37
September's Maria storm disrupts the international competition to find innovative ways to map the seafloor.
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Extinct wolf-sized otter had powerful bite

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 03:24
A giant otter that roamed China six million years ago had a surprisingly strong bite, say scientists.
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One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn

The Guardian - Fri, 2017-11-10 02:10

Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris accord – but other Americans are standing with the world to help fight the ‘existential crisis’ of global warming

Deep schisms in the US over climate change are on show at the UN climate talks in Bonn – where two sharply different visions of America’s role in addressing dangerous global warming have been put forward to the world.

Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement has created a vacuum into which dozens of state, city and business leaders have leapt, with the aim of convincing other countries at the international summit that the administration is out of kilter with the American people.

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UK's biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast

The Guardian - Fri, 2017-11-10 01:55

Subsidy-free plant would cover 900 acres of farmland near Great Expectations marshes at Faversham, dwarfing output of UK’s current largest solar site

An enormous solar power station is planned for the north Kent coast that would be the UK’s biggest and dwarf existing solar farms, providing a significant boost to an industry that has stalled since ministers halted subsidies 18 months ago.

Cleve Hill, a mile from the historic town of Faversham, would have five times the capacity of the UK’s current largest solar farm and provide enough power for around 110,000 households if it comes online in 2020 as proposed.

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UK 'will support' neonicotinoid pesticide ban

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 00:21
An extended ban on controversial neonicotinoid pesticides will be supported by the UK, Michael Gove says.
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EU split over use of major weedkiller glyphosate

BBC - Fri, 2017-11-10 00:05
Critics say widely-used glyphosate is harmful, as the EU postpones a decision on it.
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Tackling the toxic danger inside our cars

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 23:05
Pollution in a car can be worse than outside, as it traps nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and soot-like particles.
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Share your photos of bees

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-11-09 21:59

Michael Gove, the environment secretary, has said the UK will ban insect-harming pesticides, so we want to see your photos of bees

It’s been a terrible time to be an bee. But there may be cause for optimism, with the announcement that the UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe.

Related: UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

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Research Filter: Super coral, gene-corrected skin and MU69

ABC Environment - Thu, 2017-11-09 17:52
RN Drive sifts fact from fiction from the week's science news.
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