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China does not need any new coal fired generation

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:48
BNEF report says China needs no new coal generation, has $300bn of potential stranded assets, and needs reform to address curtailment issues for wind and solar.
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Why NEG may kill new renewable projects, even those with finance in place

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:44
After initially seeing the NEG as a possible win for consumers and the environment, I now see it as an almost certain disaster for prices, reliability and emissions.
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SunPower, AES team up for major solar + storage project on Hawaii

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:18
SunPower and AES join forces to build 28MW solar with a 20MW, 5-hour battery storage system on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.
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Redflow battery plant under construction in Thailand

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:11
Redflow says Thai factory will be rolling out zinc-bromine flow batteries by end 2017, after work on the plant started this week.
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ACT eyes electric vehicle target, after ‘nation-leading’ renewables success

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:10
Report recommends ACT electric vehicle target to "clearly guide" market, and incentives for EV uptake, in next-round climate policy.
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Peter Garrett: Back on centre stage to fight Adani, push for 100% renewables

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:08
Peter Garrett, the frontman for Midnight Oil is back on centre stage, promising to fight Adani and push for 100 per cent renewables, and challenging Labor on its equivalence on coal. Will he have more impact as a popular public figure than he did inside the Labor machine?
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Game 1 of US baseball world series breaks heat record

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 11:15
This is what climate change looks like: first game of baseball world series played in 103°F heat. The average for this time of year is 75°F.
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How the river Ganges was taken to London

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 10:54
Neil MacGregor explains how an extraordinary journey was made possible by the largest silver objects ever produced.
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Bloodhound supersonic car set for first public runs

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 10:46
The British-led Bloodhound vehicle is scheduled to conduct some slow-speed trials in Newquay, Cornwall.
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Amid devastation, Tesla begins restoring power in Puerto Rico

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 10:45
Current estimates suggest 80% of Puerto Rico is still without power, but thanks to Elon Musk’s efforts at least one children’s hospital has been able to turn the lights on.
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Why hot weather records continue to tumble worldwide

The Conversation - Thu, 2017-10-26 08:11
In an unchanging climate, we would expect record-breaking temperatures to get rarer as the observation record grows longer. But in the real world the opposite is true - because we are driving up temperatures. Andrew King, Climate Extremes Research Fellow, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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National Park Service wants to sharply raise entry fees at most popular parks

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 08:11

Visitors to popular parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Zion, could see fees double or triple to address backlog of maintenance and infrastructure costs

The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the American west, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.

Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other national parks would be charged $70 per vehicle, up from the fee of $30 for a weekly pass. At others, the hike is nearly triple, from $25 to $70.

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Private car ownership is ridiculously wasteful

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-10-26 08:05
Here’s a question: how big is the entire power plant fleet in your country compared to the fleet of vehicles?
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Drop, bears: chronic stress and habitat loss are flooring koalas

The Conversation - Thu, 2017-10-26 05:07
Ever feel so stressed you can't carry on? You're not alone - koalas have a similar problem, and hundreds are being rescued by veterinarians each year. Edward Narayan, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science; Stress and Animal Welfare Biologist, Western Sydney University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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How climate change affects the building blocks for health

The Conversation - Thu, 2017-10-26 05:07
A new report highlights direct and indirect impacts of climate change on physical and mental health. Alistair Woodward, Professor, University of Auckland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 03:38
The fossil, which is 152 million years old, is the first ichthyosaur found in India.
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Why thousands of Bittell Reservoir fish are moving home

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 03:07
Hundreds of thousands of fish are being taken out of one of the Midlands' largest reservoirs.
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'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 03:00
The studies could lead to new treatments for inherited diseases.
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Viking trade in red squirrels may have spread leprosy

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 00:13
Leprosy found in red squirrels is also found in pre-Norman bones in Suffolk and Scandinavia.
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Prince Charles: Companies chased away from Amazonian rainforests now destroying plains

The Guardian - Wed, 2017-10-25 23:46

The Prince of Wales is encouraging companies to sign up to the Cerrado manifesto, which aims to protect globally important natural landscapes

The loss of rainforest in the Amazon has been a familiar cause for activism for more than 30 years, but the partial success of efforts to protect it is moving the spotlight to a new landscape: Brazil’s cerrado.

Environmentalists fear that measures to reduce the exploitation of the Amazon rainforest for commodities such as soy and beef have pushed some of those activities into formerly less exploited regions such as the cerrado, a vast tropical savannah covering more than 2m sq km.

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