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Why solar households should learn to love demand tariffs

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 14:04
Demand tariffs are controversial, but if properly done they could work for everyone. We just need the network owners to do the right thing.
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IEA warns Australia not to miss window on cheap solar

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 13:54
IEA warns Australia not to miss the importance of solar, although it does suggest that Australia waste more money on CCS.
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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

The Conversation - Thu, 2018-02-15 13:43
Solar windows would need to trap enough light to generate power, while letting through enough to keep buildings light. Thankfully, newly developed semitransparent cells offer to do just that. Matthew Wright, Postdoctoral Researcher in Photovoltaic Engineering, UNSW Mushfika Baishakhi Upama, PhD student [Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy Engineering], UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Origin Energy: How to manage its exit from coal

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 13:42
Origin is earning itself the right to grow by performing better, but the trick will be to sell the interest in APLNG in the next few years, and to replace Eraring with competitive dispatchable renewable generation.
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Cimic’s UGL awarded $170M tailed bend solar farm project

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 12:09
The project will generate revenue to UGL of approximately $170 million and is due to commence in early 2018, with power generation to the grid expected in 2019.
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Victoria’s Minister D’Ambrosio visits accionaI MT Gellibrand wind farm

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 12:05
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, today visited ACCIONA’s under-construction Mt Gellibrand wind farm.
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Trina Solar announces new efficiency record of 25.04% for large-area IBC mono-crystalline silicon solar cell

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 11:59
The record-breaking n-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-sized industrial phosphorous-doped Cz Silicon substrate with a low-cost industrial IBC process, featuring conventional tube doping technologies and fully screen-printed metallization.
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What lies beneath

BBC - Thu, 2018-02-15 11:07
Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition
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Great White demystified

BBC - Thu, 2018-02-15 10:36
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.
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Amendments to the Threatened Species List

Department of the Environment - Thu, 2018-02-15 10:35
The Minister has approved the inclusion of 19 species, transfer of 8 species, removal of 2 species and retention of 3 species in their current category in the EPBC Act list of threatened species. He also found 3 species ineligible for listing.
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Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

BBC - Thu, 2018-02-15 10:17
A car launched by Elon Musk could stay in space for millions of years before hitting Earth or Venus.
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Qld turns to jet-fuel and imports as coal plants wilt in face of record demand

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2018-02-15 09:52
Queensland turns to jet-fuel and imports from NSW wind farm as soaring temperatures pushed demand to a new peak, and its big coal generators wilted in the heat. Fortunately, it also had heaps of rooftop solar.
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'Nothing to do with threatened species': Coalition accused of overstating spending

The Guardian - Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00

Labor, Greens and environment groups call for urgent review of funding for species conservation

Labor has accused the federal government of overstating its spending on threatened species projects and the Greens have called for an urgent auditor general’s review of all threatened species expenditure by the Department of the Environment and Energy.

It comes after the Guardian revealed the government was claiming projects such as heritage building works at the Old Melbourne Gaol and the Polly Woodside – an old cargo ship in Melbourne’s CBD – had benefits for threatened animals and plants that are unlikely to occur at those sites.

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Quantum computers 'one step closer'

BBC - Thu, 2018-02-15 05:25
Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.
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Latest twist in the Adani saga reveals shortcomings in environmental approvals

The Conversation - Thu, 2018-02-15 05:08
The federal government considered prosecuting Adani's potential environmental negligence over the history of its Australian CEO. Samantha Hepburn, Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law, Deakin Law School, Deakin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

BBC - Thu, 2018-02-15 03:19
Alibaba rolls out a system that analyses pig squeals and coughs to improve pork production.
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Marine scientists urge protection for endangered shellfish reefs

The Guardian - Thu, 2018-02-15 03:00

Shellfish reefs, formed by oysters or mussels in or near estuaries, have declined by up 99% since British colonisation

Marine scientists are lobbying the federal government to ensure protection for Australia’s most endangered – but least known – ocean ecosystem.

Shellfish reefs, formed by millions of oysters or mussels clustering together in or near the mouths of estuaries, have declined by up 99% since British colonisation.

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Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins

The Guardian - Wed, 2018-02-14 23:42

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists

The Antarctic, one of the world’s last great wildernesses and home to animals such as whales, penguins and leopard seals, is being threatened by the plight of an animal just a few centimetres long, according to scientists.

Researchers and environmental campaigners warn that a combination of climate change and industrial-scale fishing is threatening the krill population in Antarctic waters, with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators.

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Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

BBC - Wed, 2018-02-14 21:43
A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware.
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Australia's new extinction crisis

ABC Environment - Wed, 2018-02-14 21:40
With over 1,800 plant and animal species endangered, Australia faces a new extinction crisis. Can we reverse this disturbing trend?
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