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Curious Kids: why does rain only come from grey clouds?

The Conversation - Wed, 2018-02-07 05:13
To answer this question from Fiona, age 6, we need to know some things about clouds and light. Justin Peter, Senior Climatologist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Vietnam jails activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution march

The Guardian - Wed, 2018-02-07 03:16

Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of fishermen protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant

A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean.

Hoang Duc Binh, 34, was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organisation and people, and opposing officers on duty, following a trial on Tuesday by the people’s court in Nghe An province, lawyer Ha Huy Son said.

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Edinburgh University divests from all fossil fuels

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 22:38

Move makes it the largest university fund in the UK to ditch all coal, oil and gas holdings, following a long student campaign

The University of Edinburgh is dumping all its fossil fuel investments, making it the largest UK university endowment fund to be completely free of all coal, oil and gas holdings.

The decision was announced on Monday and followed a long student campaign. More than 60 UK universities have now divested from fossil fuels, with the University of Sussex the latest to make the move.

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Humans need to become smarter thinkers to beat climate denial | Dana Nuccitelli

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 21:00

A new paper shows that climate myths consistently fail critical thinking tests

Climate myths are often contradictory – it’s not warming, though it’s warming because of the sun, and really it’s all just an ocean cycle – but they all seem to share one thing in common: logical fallacies and reasoning errors.

John Cook, Peter Ellerton, and David Kinkead have just published a paper in Environmental Research Letters in which they examined 42 common climate myths and found that every single one demonstrates fallacious reasoning. For example, the authors made a video breaking down the logical flaws in the myth ‘climate changed naturally in the past so current climate change is natural.’

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SkyPixel aerial photography contest winners 2017 – in pictures

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 17:35

SkyPixel has announced the winners of its annual aerial photography competition and the results are breathtaking. The contest, which ran from October to December, received more than 44,000 submissions from people in 141 countries, across the categories of landscape, portrait and story. The grand prize was awarded to Florian Ledoux, a photographer from France, who captured a polar bear jumping across ice floes in Nunavut, Canada

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I got 'doored' while undertaking on my bike. Was it my fault?

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 17:00

Helen Pidd was cycling through stationary traffic when a passenger opened his door into her path

As soon as the car door hit me I thought: finally. After cycling regularly for 15 years it always seemed something of a miracle that I had never been knocked off.

My second instinct was to feel sheepish. Was it my fault?

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Ozone layer not recovering over populated areas, scientists warn

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:00

While the hole over Antarctica has been closing, the protective ozone is thinning at the lower latitudes, where the sunlight is stronger and billions of people live

The ozone layer that protects people from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is not recovering over most highly populated regions, scientists warned on Tuesday.

The greatest losses in ozone occurred over Antarctica but the hole there has been closing since the chemicals causing the problem were banned by the Montreal protocol. But the ozone layer wraps the entire Earth and new research has revealed it is thinning in the lower stratosphere over the non-polar areas.

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UK built half of Europe's offshore wind power in 2017

The Guardian - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:00

Capacity is growing fast and turbines getting bigger – some almost as large as the Shard

Britain accounted for more than half of the new offshore wind power capacity built in Europe last year, as the sector broke installation records across the continent.

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Meet the latest organisation to achieve carbon neutral certification

Department of the Environment - Tue, 2018-02-06 14:20
Air BP has become the first aviation fuelling provider to achieve carbon neutrality.
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New batteries for Hawaiian wind farm: Younicos upgrades 10 MW energy storage system

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 13:41
Younicos has signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
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Horizon Power partnering with leading academic institution to trial distributed energy systems in regional Western Australia

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 13:37
Horizon Power is conducting a body of research over the next three years with the aim of increasing distributed photovoltaic system penetration throughout its remote networks.
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Rooftop solar most reliable source of new generation on NEM, says report

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 13:22
Rooftop solar has been installed by over 1.6 million households and is the most reliable source of steadily growing generation in the NEM.
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Turnbull’s power play: Snowy 2.0 vs battery storage

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 13:17
Snowy 2.0 report confirms that $8 billion project would likely boost coal and lift emissions. Worse, it takes an "us and them" approach to battery storage, and uses some pretty silly battery costings to justify its case.
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A Snow(y) job: He who pays the piper calls the tune

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 13:06
One of our main immediate criticisms of Snowy Hydro's latest paper is its assumption that Snowy 2.0 is the only pumped hydro project capable of being developed in Australia.
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New Nissan LEAF EV confirmed for Australia delivery

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 12:48
Big news for Australian EV market, as Nissan confirms delivery of next-gen LEAF will happen in the "next fiscal year."
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Australian wave energy hopeful wins grant to test technology at UK hub

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 12:33
Australian company AMOG wins EU grant to test its “floating pendulum” wave power technology at a marine energy testing site in Cornwall, UK.
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Renewable Energy Market Report: A cat among the pigeons

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:52
Following a generally stable end to 2017, forecasts suggesting the LRET will be met by 2020 have drawn a mixed reaction in the LGC market across January.
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The long and winding road to tariff reform

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:45
In first of three articles on electricity network tariff reform, we look at Tariff Structure Statements, and why you should care about them.
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Dinosaurs ‘too successful for their own good’

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:42
A study modelling how dinosaurs spread worldwide shows they may have been a victim of their own success.
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Elon Musk's huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

BBC - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:40
The entrepreneur will attempt to fly the world's most powerful rocket with his own Tesla as payload.
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