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Negative charge: why is Australia so slow at adopting electric cars?

The Conversation - Thu, 2017-11-09 14:33
While other countries race into the distance, Australia is still on the starting grid when it comes to electric cars. Why so slow? Because we don't have a proper recharging network. Graciela Metternicht, Professor of Environmental Geography, School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Danielle Drozdzewski, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Great Barrier Reef ad campaign is LNP 'greenwashing' – Labor

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-11-09 14:25

LNP leader Tim Nicholls says the advertising plan is to ‘overcome misleading green activist scare campaigns’

A Liberal National party plan to spend $4m on a Great Barrier Reef marketing campaign if it takes power in Queensland has drawn fire as an attempt at “greenwashing” in a void of climate policy.

The LNP leader, Tim Nicholls, said the advertising was to “overcome the misleading green activist scare campaigns which have talked down our greatest natural wonder”.

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Koutsantonis slams NEG, says it is an attack on renewables

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 13:44
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis says cannot support NEG, saying it attack on renewables and designed to keep alive dirty coal.
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Graphs of the Day: Australia the global climate laggard

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 13:41
If the Turnbull government was setting the standard for global climate action... we'd be going to hell in a handcart, says new report.
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Renewable energy for industry next big thing for Australia, says IEA

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 13:40
International Energy Agency says solar, hydro and and wind have enormous potential for use in industrial processes – particularly in places like Australia, where the cost will be $USUS30/MWh.
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Ben Nevis gets automatic weather station

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 12:42
For the first time in 113 years, live data is streaming from the top of the UK's tallest mountain.
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Energy incumbents are going on a ‘gorging spree’

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 11:04
Big fossil-fuel-based utilities are overcharging their customers, going on a “'gorging spree” while they still can.
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Australia adds 107MW rooftop solar in October as 2017 heads for record year

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 11:03
Commercial solar growth helps push Australia's total PV installs to 107MW in October, almost guaranteeing 1GW record for 2017.
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Bittern numbers in UK at record high, says RSPB

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-11-09 10:01

Booming of male bitterns reveals presence of at least 164 of the heron-like waders living in British wetlands, says charity

Populations of the bittern, a wetland bird that was facing extinction in the UK in the late 1990s, are at a record high, conservationists report.

Resident numbers of “Britain’s loudest bird” increased in 2017, and experts – using the foghorn-like booming call of the males to survey the species – have counted at least 164 birds at 71 sites.

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Good news for fish and flows in the Lower Darling

Department of the Environment - Thu, 2017-11-09 08:59
Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, David Papps, and river operators are working together to improve ecological outcomes in the lower Darling.
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Local Commonwealth Environmental Water engagement officers appointed

Department of the Environment - Thu, 2017-11-09 08:56
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder today announced the appointment of six permanent local engagement officers to work with communities to protect rivers and wetlands across the Murray Darling Basin.
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JinkoSolar claims record 23.5% efficiency for PERC solar cell

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 07:19
Jinko sets new efficiency record for PERC solar cell and sees big future in "half cell" modules.
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What it's like spending a year in space

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 06:55
Long time far from home, with great views... the International Space Station is not your typical holiday spot.
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DP Energy trumps Gupta with 1.1GW of wind, solar and storage

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-11-09 06:28
Irish company DP Energy unveils major expansion of its Port Augusta hybrid renewable energy park, adding another 300MW of solar and 400MW of battery storage as South Australia continues to hurtle towards near 100 per cent renewable energy.
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'Zombie' star survived going supernova

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 06:11
Astronomers discover the celestial equivalent of a horror film villain: a star that wouldn't stay dead.
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Australia's emissions rising as world 'flat-lines' - Climate Council report

ABC Environment - Thu, 2017-11-09 05:35
To meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to keep future warming 'well under two degrees, no new coal or gas resources should be opened up in Australia, says a new report from the Climate Council.
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Islands lost to the waves: how rising seas washed away part of Micronesia's 19th-century history

The Conversation - Thu, 2017-11-09 05:17
In1850, the Micronesian island of Nahlapenlohd was the scene of Pohnpei state's first battle involving cannons and muskets. Less than two centuries later, it has sunk beneath the waves. Patrick D. Nunn, Professor of Geography, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Blue Planet II: Eel suffers toxic shock in underwater lake

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 04:35
Re-live the talked-about moment when an eel suffers the consequences of diving into a brine pool for food.
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Narcissi bobbing in the slipstream of traffic | Brief letters

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-11-09 04:33
Decline in seasons | Closure of Seer Green post office | Boris Johnson journalism fund | Government by dirty old men

I’ve not seen any wasps either, now that you mention it (Letters, 4 November). What I have seen are the first daffodils of the spring – in November, when autumn hasn’t properly happened yet. Oaks and ashes are still holding their green leaves. I expect winter-flowering cherry, winter camellias, winter iris and daffs “January” and “February Gold” to make early appearances (and to be reported on the letters page as prodigious), but along the grass verges of the North Circular Road, seeded with spring bulbs, dainty, yellow and orange narcissi bobbed in the slipstream of the traffic on 3 November. Is there now a worrying decline in seasons?
Ilona Jesnick
London

• The real tragedy of the closure of the post office in Seer Green, Buckinghamshire (Letters, 4 November) is that there will no longer be the facility in the village for its inhabitants to draw their pensions and benefits. Many who do not drive, such as my brother, rely on this service to collect the money that they live off. It is also a vital asset in providing other postal services, as well as newspapers, cards, stationary and confectionary.
Elizabeth Rawlins
Newcastle upon Tyne

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'Butterfly child' given life-saving skin

BBC - Thu, 2017-11-09 04:00
Hassan was born with skin so delicate it would tear and blister
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