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Bloomberg NEF says people-powered revolution in rooftop solar and battery storage, along with cheap wind and solar farms, will drive coal out of Australia's grid.
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Study finds most sensitive plant and wildlife habitats are worst affected, yet government has no clear plans to monitor impact
Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from farms, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and hitting the most sensitive habitats for plants and wildlife hardest, a government report has found, despite there being no clear plans to monitor or reduce its impact.
More than 85% of England’s total land area receives ammonia concentrations above the critical level set to protect lichens, mosses, liverworts and similar plants – keystone species that are vital to ecosystems – while Northern Ireland is even worse, at 88%. Just over half the land in Wales is affected, and less than a fifth of Scotland.Continue reading...
Report says plan lacks key details about how UK will cut emissions over next 12 years
A British government climate action plan is “unclear” and lacks key details about how the UK will reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years, the European commission has said.
In a report on UK climate policy, the commission said British targets exceeded EU requirements, but warned that key details were missing from the plan, such as boosting renewable energy and cutting subsidies for fossil fuels.Continue reading...
South Australia to make electric vehicles a focus as it looks to solve the solar “duck curve” in the grid, and help integrate high renewables.
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EV can help to significantly lower global transport emissions, but governments must develop the strategies to ensure they can achieve their full potential.
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The city was dying. Then somebody had a great idea to save it – make it the greenest place on Earth
‘People talk about Eskilstuna as the place where nothing new is invented,” says the shopping mall manager Anna Bergström. An hour’s train ride from Stockholm, the “Sheffield of Sweden” has had something of an image problem in recent years. Once a steel-producing powerhouse, the town has fallen on hard times, thanks to the rapid decline in the industry throughout the 1970s. It now has an unemployment rate that is almost double the national average of 8%.
But the town has come up with an answer: recycling. Far from the Scandinavian stereotype of glossy modernity, Eskilstuna’s wide-paved, near-deserted grey streets are populated by kitsch 1980s pizzerias, workers’ cafes and gloomy pubs – not a place where you would expect to find such a radical approach to the environment. Yet since 2012, Eskilstuna has implemented a spate of green initiatives, vying to make it the most environmentally friendly city in Sweden – and perhaps the world. Public buses and cars are run on biogas and electricity, and the town uses low-carbon combined heat and power plants, which use the thermal energy from electricity production to heat water. Residents sort their waste into seven multicoloured categories at home – green for food, pink for textiles, grey for metal, yellow for paper, blue for newspaper, orange for plastic and black for mixed – and for the past four years people have been able to drop off their unwanted goods for recycling at Bergström’s secondhand mall.Continue reading...
It’s a ‘fairly rare’ event, arachnology expert says, as it’s more common to see huntsman eat small birds or frogs. Prepare for Tasmania’s spider possum
Pygmy possums usually aren’t on the menu for huntsman spiders.
But an Australian man from Tasmania has captured the rare moment a huntsman attempted to devour a tiny possum at a lodge in the Mount Field national park, 64 km north-west of Hobart.Continue reading...
Government investment in clean energy projects could improve budget bottom line, as well as helping to tackle climate change.
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You know electric vehicles are entering the mainstream when they form a major highlight of solar expos. Nigel Morris tells us what he found at Munich’s Intersolar event.
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WA Government owned Synergy has forecast substantial losses as the emergence of cheap renewables squeezes its coal and gas heavy fleet out of the market.
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Modelling shows that a faster transition to a high renewables grid would be cheaper and more efficient than a slow transition.
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South Australia storage tender to focus on unlocking battery storage value streams not recognised by Australia's electricity market.
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